Co-educational day school for Pre-School through Eighth Grade

Summer Reading


Summer is a tremendous time
to develop your child's love of reading!
This summer we encourage you to:

  • Carve out a time in your day for a "family reading time." If your children see you reading for pleasure at the same time they are reading, they will know it is a fun activity and will begin to model your behavior.
  • If your child is too young to read on their own, read out loud to them. This will create lasting memories for you and your child.
  • Besides the books on their summer reading list, encourage your child to choose their own reading material over the summer. There is plenty to choose from: fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, magazines, etc.
  • For additional fun, take a look at the summer reading programs at your local library. There are a lot of great, free events and activities all over the region.


Ready to start a discussion about what your child is reading? Here are some good starter phrases that might come in handy.

  • I wonder why...
  • That reminded me of...
  • What would happen if...
  • I like the part in which...
  • I was surprised when...
  • It wasn't fair when...
  • My thinking changed when...
  • This part confused me because...
  • I like how the author...
  • One thing the pictures reminded me of was...


How long should my child read?

Below you will see the grade your student is entering and our minimum recommended time spent reading over the summer.

  • Early Childhood, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten - Read (or be read to) 3 times a week for at least 10 minutes per session
  • 1st Grade - Read (or be read to) 3 times a week for at least 10 minutes per session
  • 2nd Grade - Read 3 times a week for at least 10 minutes per session
  • 3rd Grade - Read 3 times a week for at least 15 minutes per session
  • 4th Grade - Read 4 times a week for at least 15 minutes per session
  • Grades 5, 6, 7, 8 - Read 4 times a week for at least 20 minutes per session

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