Reading during the summer is essential to maintain their reading progress and not fall behind. Fourth graders also have a "must read" book, Touch Blue. There is a bookmark and assignment for this book. Fifth grade students have a "must read" book, Wonder. There is also a bookmark, reading assignment and reading challenges.
Kindergarten through fourth grade students all have a summer reading activity card.
Students in Grades 7 -12 are required to read a self selected book, click here to download the summer reading assignments and requirements for grades 7-12.
Please help us by making sure your child completes the assignment and returns their summer reading sheet to school in the fall.
There has been much research done on summer reading loss. Here are some of the powerful findings on the reading development of children and ways to help your children prevent a loss in reading achievement over the summer.
Summer vacations create on average an annual reading gap of about 3 months between children who read over the summer and those that do not.
A summer reading loss of 3 months accumulated over the elementary grades becomes a gap of 18 months by the end of 6th grade. These children will always be behind children who read over the summer. Children who read throughout the summer gain skills; can start the new school year with a better understanding of language and the world around them.
Children who read over the summer discover the joy of reading. The more they like to read, the more they will read. Children learn through a variety of activities, and almost everything we do presents an opportunity to read. Reading every day, even if it's for just a few minutes, improves children's ability to read and learn all year long.
(From Reading Rockets, excerpted from "Summertime Reading Adventures: A Guide For Parents." Reading is Fundamental, 2001)