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Summer Reading and Math Expectations
Children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to practice essential academic skills, particularly reading and math, to prevent a loss of knowledge and proficiency gained during the school year. Many recent studies indicate that elementary students’ performance falls by one month during summer break.
In an effort to best prepare your child for the next school year, Oak Hill School developed specific reading and math expectations to be completed during summer break for students in all grade levels. This summer review and practice will help ensure students retain the academic skills acquired this year and are ready to advance their learning at the start of the new school year.
Lower School Reading (Rising Kindergarten Grade through Rising-3rd Grade)
All Lower School “Family” book read:
Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi
ALL lower school students should read and enjoy this book together with their family. During the first week of school, there will be activities and discussions based on the All Lower School “Family” book, as well as your free choice books.
Additional Reading Requirements (see directions for each grade below):
Kindergarten and Rising-1st Grade
Read and enjoy books all summer long! A suggested summer reading list is provided to simply help in choosing books. Picture books, chapter books and read-aloud books are all perfect for summertime reading. Try to read a minimum of 700 minutes this summer … that’s only 15 minutes, five times per week!
Read and enjoy at least 3 additional free-choice books chosen from the Rising 2nd Grade Summer Reading List. Try to read a minimum of 700 minutes this summer … that’s only 15 minutes, five times per week!
Read and enjoy at least 3 books, each from a different genre, from Section 1 of the Rising 3rd Grade Summer Reading List.
Lower School Math (Rising-1st Grade through Rising-3rd Grade)
Rising 1st Grade
Summer math expectations focus on reviewing math facts learned this year. Math-related activities that reinforce math skills may include using an addition and subtraction number bond app, completing math practice sheets, counting money, playing games that involve numbers and many other fun activities. Please see the “Resources for Summer Skills Practice” below for ideas!
Rising 2nd Grade
Students should continue working toward and maintaining math-fact mastery. Playing the Prodigy app is one fun way! You should also continue working on the Reflex math website, just like you have done at school this year. If your student experiences problems logging into Reflex, please practice your math facts using flash cards or playing math games. You may also get many more ideas for ways to practice math from the Summer Skills Practice section below.
Rising 3rd Grade
Third-grade teachers would like students to spend 30 minutes per week reviewing their math skills on the Reflex math website or practicing the skills on the iXL website using this iXL skills template for rising 3rd grade. If your student experiences problems logging into Reflex, please practice your math facts using flash cards or playing math games.
There is no need to keep a paper and pencil math log because teachers can access student accounts online to keep track of work completed over the summer.
Resources For Summer Skills Practice
Mathodology Learning Guide —This math workbook is an excellent resource to practice the Singapore Math strategies your child learned this school year. Workbooks are available for students in Kindergarten (Math Activities for Young Children) through fifth grade and may be purchased online. Be sure to select the workbook for the grade your child just completed.
Math Fact Sheets—be sure to click on the tab for Pre-Made Worksheets and select the grade your child just completed
Upper School Reading (Rising-4th Grade through Rising-6th Grade)
All Upper School “Family/Community” book read:
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition by William Kamkwamba
During the first week of school, there will be activities based on the All Upper School Family/Community Book, as well as students’ other free choice books.
Additional Reading Requirements—Choose one option below:
Read an additional 3 books from your grade-level summer reading list
Read 1000 minutes using books from the summer reading list and log your minutes
If you decide to log your reading minutes, rising-5th and rising-6th graders should print and complete this reading log: Reading Minutes Log
Upper School Math (Rising 4th Grade through Rising 6th Grade)
Students should access their iXL accounts and review skills learned this school year. Upper school math teachers have provided templates to each student of skills to be practiced.
Questions about the summer reading and math expectations? Please contact Upper School director Cheryl Horner, firstname.lastname@example.org, Lower School director Brenda Boon, email@example.com, or director of studies Martha Newson, firstname.lastname@example.org.