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6-9 Students

For students entering first through third grade in fall 2015

Summer Reading

It is expected that each 6-9 year old student will read or be read to for 20 minutes at least five times a week. While children may choose any books that spark their interest, 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.
   

Math Review

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. Additionally, third graders can access their First in Math accounts through July 31st to practice math facts and concepts.  Children can also practice using grade-level math game apps or other possible websites:

o www.fun4thebrain.com – math fact games
o www.Aplusmath.com – online games and printable worksheets
o www.kidsnumbers.com – online games
 

Summer Box Project

The children can collect artifacts over the course of the summer in their “summer box” (a shoe box or other similarly-sized box would be perfect for this project.)  In September, each child will choose four or five items to share from his/her box with the class. Items students might collect include: brochures from a trip, a trip itinerary, maps, rocks, shells, photographs, a journal entry, a list of books they have read over the summer. Children are encouraged to be creative!

Most of us are aware of the academic slide that happens for children when they take three months off from learning during summer vacation.  It is seen across all areas of the curriculum and in all environments when there is a gap of learning time. Two-thirds of the academic achievement gap in reading and language found among high school students has been explained through the learning loss that occurs during the summer months of primary school years (Entwisle, D., Alexander, K., & Olsen, L. 2000).  To combat this loss of skills, it is important not only to give children enrichment experiences in different areas of interest, but to also encourage daily reading, writing experiences, and work with numbers and math concepts.
 

Supply List 

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 them)
o 1-inch three ring “D” binders with pockets (name on it)
o Classroom sketchbook (you may use one from previous year)
o Additional sketchbook for art if your child is new to the school.  Laurie has indicated on returning child’s progress reports if they will need a new art sketchbook.
o Washable cloth placemat (name on it)
o One dozen pencils (preferably Ticonderoga brand) to share
o Two 75-count  containers of Lysol/Clorox type wipes
o 1 box of tissues
o Five glue sticks
o One 12"x12" 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" wide x 11" 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
o $10 for teacher supplies (Reader’s notebooks, homework notebooks and bags)
 
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher for further information.

Room 19 Teachers: Arlene Wason and Sue Kenney
Room 20 Teachers: Melissa Connelly and Carol Wiswall

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