Lower School Summer Reading List 2018-2019
What's a summer vacation for? The 3 R's…really having fun, relaxing, and reading wonderful books. Reading enriches all our lives in ways too numerous to count.
Summer reading is one way to encourage a lifelong commitment to reading. Summer reading programs also are proven to help prevent summer loss–a documented phenomenon where children lose ground in critical skills over summer months due to lack of use. If a child waits until August to complete these assignments, then he or she has potentially lost some of the skills that were developed in the previous grade level.
Parents, encourage your children to read all summer and help them customize their reading selections according to their interests and reading abilities. A rule of thumb: independent reading should be easy enough to read and understand with little or no help, but challenging enough to stimulate active conversation. The American Library Association has a great website with summer reading resources for a variety of reading levels.
Have a great summer spending time with good books!
Don't Forget Your Public Library!
Summer gives us all a great chance to slow down a little from the school year's demanding pace. It's also a chance to make time for reading…FUN reading! To stay prepared for the second grade, it is important that your child read at least one book a week during the summer. Your child should keep a reading record to record the title, the author's name, and the number of pages of each book read during the summer. This record should reflect a variety of books by at least five different authors and must include a minimum of two nonfiction books and one book of poetry. The record is to be given to your child's second grade teacher on the first day of school. Keep the reading easy enough to be enjoyed alone but challenging enough to be discussed with enthusiasm.
Summer is a great time to relax with a good book. It is also your time to grow your strength and stamina as a reader! Going on vacation? Bring some books along. Going to the pool? Bring a book to read at lunch or break time. We encourage you to read a minimum of one book per week of your choice this summer and keep a log of your books and the pages you have read. (A reading log is available for download here.).
Choose one or more of the following books to read:
Be prepared during the first weeks of the school year to complete an assignment about the book you chose to read. Reading or rereading this book close to the end of summer will keep it fresh in your memories.
In addition to this book, rising 4th graders must read at least three other books that they have not read before. Students will keep a reading record sheet that includes title and author. This record will be signed by a parent and turned into their LA/SS teacher on the first day of school.
Rising 5th graders will participate in an eleven (11) book challenge! Visit Mrs. Hawkridge’s and Mrs. Simons’s informational page for this summer challenge here.