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Summer Suggestions!

It's a fact that students who do not read during the summer actually go backward in their academic skills.  A 2-yr. study in Atlanta Georgia of 3,000 students found that everyone-top students and poor students-learns more slowly in the summer. Some, do worse than slow down; they actually go into reverse! 

Below is a list of "Rules" a teacher in California sends home at the end of each school year to parents:

You may have as much time on the Ipad/TV as you like--as long as all of these jobs have been done before you turn on the screen.

Have You:​   

  • ​made your bed
  • had breakfast
  • dressed
  • brushed your teeth
  • brushed your hair
  • 20 minutes of reading
  • 20 minutes of writing or colouring
  • clean up 1 room (TV room / bedroom)
  • played outside for 30 minutes
  • made or built something creative (lego, craft, sand, puzzle, etc.)
  • helped someone in the family (ask if there is a job you can do, if you can't think of something)
    ......then you can turn it on

HCS Summer Reading List for students entering 6th grade

Jones Valley Suggested Summer Reading List: The following books are recommended for students who are entering the grade listed.  Parents should remember that this is a suggested list.  If you read to a child, the book’s vocabulary should be above the child’s reading level. Allow students to select books they find appealing!   Reading 30 minutes a day will increase your child’s vocabulary and widen his or her domain of knowledge. Also, reading books multiple times is a great way to improve a student’s fluency.

Read-alouds for parents, siblings or babysitters to read to and with children:
Books written by the following authors:
Beatrice Potter:  Peter Rabbit series
Dr. Seuss
Jan and Stan Berenstain
Bill Peet
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
The Bible as literature
1st  Grade
Are you my mother?   Eastman
Very busy spider    Carle
Biscuit finds a friend    Capucilli
Frog and Toad are friends    Lobel
Kiss for Little Bear    Minarik
Biscuit    Capucilli
Otis  Loren Long
Red Fox and his canoe    Benchley
Aesop’s Fables
Fairy Tales
2nd  Grade
Nate the Great    Sharmat
Henry and Mudge  series   Rylant
Monkey-Monkey’s Trick    McKissack
Singing Sam    Bulla
Lucky baseball bat    Christophe4r
Captain Cat                   Hoff
Days with frog and toad    Lobel
Mr. Putter and Tabby series  Rylant
3rd  Grade
Owl Diaries  Elliott
The Boxcar children    Warner
Magic Tree House     Osborne
A lion to guard us    Bulla
Bunnicula    Howe
The boy who cried Bigfoot    Greenburg
A sword in the tree    Bulla
How to be cool in third grade    Duffy
Courage of Sarah Noble    Dalgliesh
Charlotte’s Web    White
4th  Grade
Henry and the clubhouse    Cleary
Little House in the Big Woods    Wilder Because of Winn-Dixie    DiCamillo
A field guide (Spiderwick series)   DiTerlizzi
Bookmarks are people too!  Henry Winkler
Chocolate fever    Smith
The original adventures of Hank the Cowdog    Erickson
5th  Grade
Hatchet    Paulsen
The Lion, the witch, the wardrobe    Lewis
Old Yeller    Gipson
Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone  Rowling
Hank Zipzer series  Winkler
Treasure Island  Stevenson
6th & 7th  Grade
 all students choose 1
The Outsiders Hinton
Zane and the Hurricane. Philbrick
The Greatest Muhammad Ali Myers
Have a Hot Time, Hades McMullan
Walk Two Moons Creech
Wonder  Palacio
Athlete vs. Mathlete  Mack
The Skin I’m In  Flake
Schooled  Korman
The Popularity Papers Ignatow

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
A Wrinkle in Time  L’Engle