Summer reading is a required activity at PCS. The great books on our reading list will stretch your child’s imagination and prepare your child for the upcoming school year. Students will often resist reading books above their comfort level. It is important to include books in their pleasure reading that are somewhat challenging, books that you may occasionally have to help them push through. The goal is to continuously raise the reading level of your student, and we hope the books listed in the link below will be a helpful resource.
We have a required reading time for each student based on rising grade level.
Required Reading Time 4 days each week in June, July, and August:
Kindergarten: 10 minutes per day
Grade 1: 15 minutes per day
Grade 2: 20 minutes per day
Grades 3-4: 30 minutes per day
Grades 5 and up: 45 minutes to 1 hour per day
(These are minimum requirements; your child may certainly read for longer times!)
Students entering Grades 4 and higher also have at least one book they are required to read over the summer. These books will be sent home with students at the end of the year and must be returned in the fall. Students should be prepared for classroom discussion and a simple quiz about their book upon returning to school in August. Grade-level required reading assignments for rising 3rd grade and higher may be found in the table below.
|Rising 3rd Grade||D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths|
|Rising 4th Grade||Story of the World Volume 1: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer|
|Rising 5th Grade||Story of the World Volume 2: The Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer|
|Rising 6th Grade||Story of the World Volume 3: Early Modern Times by Susan Wise Bauer|
|Rising 7th Grade||Story of the World Volume 4: The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer
The Call of the Wild by Jack London (please checkout from local library)
|Rising 8th Grade||The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (please checkout from local library)
|Rising 9th Grade
||To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1776 by David McCullough (please checkout from local library)
|Rising 1oth, 11th, & 12th Grades||Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
New Students Only:
New students will be required to read the following books in addition to those listed above.
–New rising 4th Grade students will also be required to read D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths.
–New rising 5th Grade students will also be required to read Story of the World Volume 1 and D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths.
–New rising 6th Grade students will also be required to read Story of the World Volume 1 and D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths.
–New rising 7th Grade students will also be required to read Story of the World Volume 1, D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, and The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge. New students are not required to read The Call of the Wild.
–New rising 8th, 9th, & 10th Grade students will also be required to read Story of the World Volume 1 and D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths.
It is important to keep your student’s math skills sharp over the summer months. Mathematics is a subject in which new skills and procedures build on previously learned material. To best prepare students for the coming year and to help them maintain mastery of what they have already learned, we require each student to complete grade specific summer math work. For students entering Grades 1-5, please download the packet in the table below for the grade your child will be entering in the fall. Note that students entering kindergarten are not required to complete a math packet. Students entering Grades 6 and higher should contact Mr. LaRock (firstname.lastname@example.org) for login information for our summer online math program at IXL.com. The required sections each grade must complete on IXL may be found in the table below.
Please encourage your student to work as independently as possible and without the use of a calculator. It is beneficial for students to work a little at a time throughout the summer. Summer math assignments will be due the first day of school and will be graded on completion. Mastery of concepts reviewed in the summer math work will also be assessed within the first two weeks of school. The internet is full of helpful sites for both practice and help, including xtramath.org (for basic fact practice), and ixl.com and kahnacademy.org (for help and tutorials on math concepts by grade level). Please feel free to email Dr. Davis at email@example.com with any questions or concerns regarding summer math work
|Rising 1st Grade||Download Packet|
|Rising 2nd Grade||Download Packet|
|Rising 3rd Grade||Download Packet|
|Rising 4th Grade||Download Packet|
|Rising 5th Grade||Download Packet|
|Rising 6th Grade||Download IXL Assignment|
|Rising 7th Grade||Download IXL Assignment|
|Rising Algebra I||Download IXL Assignment|
|Rising Geometry||Download IXL Assignment|
|Rising Algebra II||Download IXL Assignment|
|Rising Precalculus||Download IXL Assignment|
Returning students entering grades 6 and higher should review Latin vocabulary words over the summer. Review worksheets will be emailed in August to help students refresh their Latin knowledge as we prepare for the start of the new year.
All students entering Grade 2 and higher should practice their cursive handwriting skills over the summer. These skills are taught to PCS students in Grades 1-2 and should be maintained over the summer. For students entering Grades 3-5 who have not yet learned cursive, we recommend New American Cursive Books 1 & 2 to prepare your child to use cursive in the fall. For students entering Grades 6 or higher, we recommend Teach Yourself Cursive.
Another option for review is the website K5learning.com. You may download free worksheets to practice letters, words, or sentences. Please note that a few of the capital letters differ from the New American Cursive used by PCS. Please use the letter writing guide here for proper letter formation.