K-6 Summer Reading

 
Summer Reading General Guidelines

Cornerstone Academy’s teachers and board members are encouraging students to read over the summer. It is our belief that reading good literature is integral to academic achievement and excellence, especially in a classical school. Reading is also very important in building contexts for books and subjects studied in school, and for fostering the love of learning in younger students. While specific numbers and titles are not being required in all classes, it is strongly suggested that each student read at least three age-appropriate works of literature this summer.

We know that summer is, for many students, a time for relaxation, extracurricular activities, and vacations, and a time to escape the pressures of deadlines and assignments. As part of our commitment to classical education, we also believe that the pursuit of knowledge should be a year-round activity, and one that can take place in a variety of settings. Life lessons and practical knowledge can be gained in many settings, and we encourage you and your children to spend time learning in nontraditional ways, at your own paces and while pursuing your own interests. The transition back to school in the fall will also be easier for students who make a habit or reading and studying throughout the summer. While younger students should choose books that meet their specific interests and abilities, older students are required to read books from specific lists tailored to the themes, eras, and objectives of the courses they have recently taken and are about to take.

 

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Readers

Young readers will benefit from reading in short and frequent blocks of time over the summer. Ideally, younger students should be reading for at least fifteen minutes every day. All Cornerstone students in the elementary grades are encouraged to read a minimum of three books over the summer. Here are some respected resources you can use to get started with book selection:

 

We also encourage you to visit the public library—as well as Cornerstone’s school library—for an even broader selection. Please allow your child to set aside books that he or she finds uninteresting or too difficult; we hope that students will learn the pleasures of reading before being introduced to some of its larger challenges.

We also hope that you will use some of your additional family time to enjoy reading aloud as a family. Most children will be able to understand books written several grade levels above their current reading level, so we encourage you to choose books that will interest and inspire your child.

 

4th - 6th Grade Readers

All Cornerstone students in the elementary grades are encouraged to read a minimum of three books over the summer. Young readers will benefit from reading in short and frequent blocks of time over the summer. Ideally, elementary students should be reading for at least twenty minutes every day. Here are some respected resources you can use to get started with book selection:

 

We also encourage you to visit the public library—as well as Cornerstone’s school library—frequently. If your child is struggling with a book, encourage him or her to set it aside and try another option instead. We hope that students will learn the pleasures of reading before being introduced to some of its greater challenges.

As you help your children practice the discipline of reading, we hope you will help them make reading time an opportunity to sit in a quiet environment, free from electronic and other distractions. In this age of instant communication and fast-paced media, challenging books can often be overshadowed by the more instant gratifications of text messages and internet wit. At Cornerstone, we believe it is important to teach our students discipline and perseverance, and making a quiet space in which students can read and consider their reading will facilitate this practice.

We also hope that you will use some of your additional family time to enjoy reading aloud as a family. Most children will be able to understand books written several grade levels above their current reading level, so we encourage you to choose books that will interest and inspire your child.