Have a happy summer vacation! We hope you have fun with your family, enjoy your sports and hobbies, and find some quiet time for reading!
Students who will be in Lower Elementary: The year-end reports give your children’s reading level. Below you will find a series of reading lists organized by reading level, and this is a good place to begin in helping your child select summer reading books. Later in the summer, your child might be ready for more challenge, and you can try books in the next group. The idea is to give your child lots of experience reading at his or her just right level, which is optimal for improving your child’s fluency and comprehension. The guides provide guidelines for how much reading a child at a given level should read each day. Once they have done that reading, they are free to continue reading other books they enjoy. The Lower Elementary will be studying Europe and Africa next year. Some suggested nonfiction titles related to this study can be found here . Lower Elementary children should complete a reading log of the titles they have read. (This will give them a feeling of accomplishment as the summer goes on!) You may download a copy of the reading log here.
Upper Elementary: The Upper Elementary will require incoming fourth, fifth and sixth graders to read one required book and 5 others from the leveled reading lists. We are keenly aware that there is a movement toward increasing the amount of non-fiction children read. Standardized tests are predominantly composed of non-fiction reading passages. Students have a great deal of knowledge about how stories are constructed by the time they reach fourth grade. They have much less familiarity about how non-fiction is constructed and can be disconcerted by the amount of background knowledge often needed to truly understand. To try to bridge that gap we are requiring all Upper Elementary students to read:
- The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky and S.D. Schindler
- The Brooklyn Bridge by Elizabeth Mann and Alan Witschonke
They are both picture books but have a great deal of text and would be fabulous read-alouds for the younger students and great for family discussions for all students.
In addition, the required books for each level are:
- Fourth grade: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
- Fifth grade: My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood by Rosemary Wells
- Sixth Grade: Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin
We require all Elementary students to maintain a regular reading habit over the summer. Please download the reading guide appropriate to your child’s level for guidelines on timing, recommendations on how to support your child, and suggested books.