Summer Reading & Handwriting

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.

http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/celoop/1000.html#contents

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.  Summer reading journals are encouraged for students of all ages, but not required.

 

Grade Title
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
Rising 8th & 9th Grades Story of the World Volume 3: Early Modern Times by Susan Wise Bauer

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Rising 10th & 11th Grades Story of the World Volume 3: Early Modern Times by Susan Wise Bauer

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis


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 rising 8th and 9th Grade students will also be required to read Story of the World Volume 1 and D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths.

 

Cursive

All students entering Grades 1 and higher should practice their cursive handwriting skills over the summer.  These skills are taught to PCS students in Grades K-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.