It is expected that each 6- to 9-year-old student will read or be read to for 20 minutes at least five times per week. While children may choose any books that spark their interest, a link to a list of suggested books from the New Castle County Library, specific to grade, is available on the WMS website. The public library is a wonderful place to find a great selection of books (for free!) and to participate in their summer reading programs. You can also borrow downloaded books for your Kindle or iPad. If you have any questions about this please ask your child’s teacher.
One option for a summer review for math is to have your child work through a mathematics workbook such as the Summer Math Skills Sharpener series. This can be ordered online at www.summerskills.com.
Please choose the grade-level your child has just completed. Children can also practice using grade-level math game apps or other possible websites:
Summer Box Project
In addition to maintaining reading and math skills over the summer, another part of your child’s summer homework is a project called “The Box Marked Summer.” In the interest of recycling, the students may use their “summer box” from a previous school year or find a shoebox/other small cardboard box to hold their vacation artifacts. Feel free to have them decorate the outside as well. In September, the children will share their “summer boxes” with the class. This is a wonderful way for the children (and teachers) to get to know one another. Ideally, this is work the children would do over the course of the summer, rather than in one day. All of the items should fit neatly in the box. Here is a list of suggested items for your child to collect:
Brochures or maps from a trip
Rocks, shells or pressed flowers
List of stories/books read during the summer
In September, the teacher will let you know when your child may bring the box back to school.
Below is a list of items that 6-9 students are expected to bring to school on the first day:
(Important: Please put your name on your items.)
o Plastic clipboard with flat clip (can be found at Target)
o Six folders with bottom pockets (name on each of them)
o One-inch three-ring “D” binder with pockets (name on it)
o First-year and new students to the school: ½-inch binder for music
o Classroom sketchbook
o Additional sketchbook for art if your child is new to the school.
o Washable cloth placemat (name on it)
o Two 75-count containers of Lysol/Clorox type wipes
o One 12x12-inch scrapbook (name on it) with 10 top-loading sheets (including pages). These can be purchased at Michael’s, Target, etc.
o Mud boots or outdoor shoes for the playground
o One small backpack (lockers are 6 inches wide by 11 inches deep) (name on it)
o Reusable lunchbox (name on it)
o A complete change of clothing (including underwear, pants, shirt, socks) as well as a sweater or sweatshirt