One of our goals this upcoming school year is to increase our students reading comprehension skills, as well as there critical thinking skills. In order to do this, we are asking parents to check out the books listed below at your local library or pick them up from your neighborhood book store and have your child to read them over the next few weeks of summer vacation. We want to exercise those brains and awaken their imaginations.
Summer reading is mandatory. All students will need to be ready to discuss the story with their English class. Although we have chosen a book for your student to read, it is important that they learn to love reading, so we encourage you to get them other things to read that they might enjoy.
According to Ed.gov there are "numerous studies that indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. This effect becomes more pronounced as students get older and advance through the school system."
The best ways to keep your child from becoming a “rusty reader” over the summer are:
1. Encourage your children to read books they enjoy for at least 30 minutes per day. Your child will likely be more engrossed in material they choose themselves than material that is forced on them.
2. Provide incentives for reluctant readers. For example, if your child enjoys basketball, agree to take them to the local court if they do their “daily reading.”
3. Make reading a social act. Establish a time during the day when all members of the family gather and read on their own, or take turns reading the same book aloud.
4. Connect your reading to family outings. If you take your kids to an aquarium, consider reading a book about fish or the ocean with them later that day. The outing can help place the reading into a broader context.
Summer Reading List
Kindergarten - Students can choose any book they like, read it with a parent, and be ready to share their adventure with the class on the first day of school.
1st & 2nd - The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standford
3rd Grade -Balto and the Great Race by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
4th Grade - Rules by Cynthia Lord
5th Grade - Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson
6th Grade -Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson
7th & 8th - Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
9th-12th - Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
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