2019 Newer Elementary Summer Reading and Work
We know families have many plans, special trips, and activities scheduled for summer vacation, so ultimately, the summer is yours to navigate as you wish. However, studies have proven and we have directly experienced the positive benefits of continual reading and math practice between school sessions. Maintaining this practice makes for a much smoother transition into the next year and also helps reinforce the lessons and skills that were accumulating in the previous year.
We do believe that this summer practice can and should be FUN. Therefore, we have designed our summer recommendations to provide sufficient choice and play opportunities.
We don’t have a minimum reading requirement in Newer Elementary for summertime, but daily reading is very important at this age and provides multiple benefits for learning in the classroom. Daily reading practice includes both attempting to read on one’s own, but also being read to by others. To support a daily reading habit, here are some summer suggestions:
This is a list of book recommendations by age that has some wonderful suggestions.
You can also choose from the grade appropriate selections on LISTS page here on the vgsummer.com site.
Local libraries often have summer reading challenges in which students can participate and earn certificates.
Some of the book series we have been reading together, or the students have been reading independently in the classroom are:
The Humphrey Collection
The Code Busters
Dog Man – graphic novel series
Dream Jumper – graphic novel series
Magic Tree House
Inspector Fly Trap
Memorizing math facts is a great activity over the summer to keep forward momentum and learning alive. Our suggestion is as follows:
Practice addition math facts for students going into first or second grade. It helps to memorize ways to make ten and doubles, which makes solving other combinations much easier. Multiplication math facts for third grade.
These can be practiced with flashcards, dice or card games (there are great suggestions on Pinterest), as well as with downloadable apps for occasional screen time.
This is a link to math website recommendations from scholastic.com. This list includes the math program Upper Elementary uses.