Summer Reading

Keeping your brain active and engaged during the summer months is important for retention. We promote reading and math during the summer so your children can continue to advance when they come back in the fall. 

It’s important for children to read and practice math facts over the summer.

Scholastic published, “How to Prevent Your Kids from Losing What They Learned in School During Summer Vacation.”  According to the article, “The concept of the summer slide has been on researchers’ radar since at least 1996, when one of the first comprehensive studies on the phenomenon was published. The study showed that kids lose significant knowledge in reading and math over summer break, which tends to have a snowball effect as they experience subsequent skill loss each year.

A more recent study of children in 3rd to 5th grades also showed that students lost, on average, about 20 percent of their school-year gains in reading and 27 percent of their school-year gains in math during summer break.” 

In an effort to keep your children reading throughout the summer, we have a summer reading log.

You can download it and print it at home or if you are on campus, you can pick up a copy in the office.

Suggested Summer Reading

Children Entering 2nd Grade

  • Magic Tree House Series
  • Judy Moody Series
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
  • Dog Man Series

Children Entering 3rd Grade

  • Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Bad to the Bone by Lucy Nolan
  • The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
  • Alvin Ho by Lenore Look

Children Entering 4th Grade

  • Honey by Sarah Weeks
  • Cheese by Sarah Weeks
  • The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Children Entering 5th Grade

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • The Unteachables by Gordon Korman

Children Entering Middle School

  • Jason Reynolds’ Track Series: Ghost, Patina, Sunny, Lu
  • James Patterson Middle School Series
  • Wings of Fire Series by Tui T. Sutherland
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • The Insignificant Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  • Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Math Resources

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