SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Literary Investment: Summer Reading Requirement
Heritage Christian Academy has consistently emphasized reading the literary classics. Through books, we enter into the thoughts and lives of others, growing and learning alongside them, succeeding and failing, rejoicing and grieving, journeying and dying. It is among our greatest human delights. One of our responsibilities as educators and parents is to see that our children acquire not only the ability to read well, but also acquire a taste for what is good and beautiful in literature.
In addition to the books that students may read in class with their fellow students and teachers, we hope to help student develop the habit of reading books on their own. In order to do this, we require students going into first grade through sixth grade to keep a “literature log” of the book they read throughout the summer.
Our reading list is categorized by grade level and reading level. It also includes recommended texts to read aloud to children.
Beginning June 13:
Students entering Grades 1 and 2: read* at least 15 minutes/day, 5 days/week
Students entering Grades 3 and 4: read* at least 20 minutes/day, 5 days/week
Students entering Grades 5 and 6: read* at least 25 minutes/day, 5 days/week
*Reading can occur in three ways:
1. students reads on their own
2. listens as someone reads to them
3.students listen to an audio version of a book (Parents, please verify that your student is attentive while listening to audio books.) When families read together, each student in the family will receive the appropriate credit for the reading time.
Students can spend half of the required reading time reading self-selected books and the other half reading books from the reading list. Students receive a grade based on their accumulated reading time for the summer. This grade will represent 15% of their Reading grade for Quarter 1.
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Verification of Reading
Parents are responsible for verifying that a book has been read by their child, or that they have listened attentively to one that has been read to them. Titles of books, authors, and point values should be recorded on the child’s literature log and submitted by September 29. The required parent signature certifies that the parent has verified the child’s reading as well as the accuracy of all points recorded.
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