It is the mission of Renaissance Academy to help every child enrolled reach his or her greatest potential. To truly reach their best, children need to keep up with their learning all year long, and to facilitate this we give summer homework. This seems even more vital this year. Assignments are similar for everyone, but we expect very different levels of work from students of different abilities. Each child should do his or her own best.
The ‘three R’s’ are the way to keep skills current and great minds growing; throw in some sun, fresh air, water, sports, tree climbing, and play, and you have the recipe for a perfect summer.
*Reading – It’s a great to make a habit of reading every day. Books for each age level are assigned over the summer, use the rest of the time to read your own choices. For the assigned books, students need to turn in some work that shows they read and comprehended the book. Details are included in the reading list below. Students also need to arrive ready to take tests over the books, and discuss them with their class.
*Writing – Below find a list of prompts for students’ writing, and more details. Students should write at least once a week, most weeks. So with twelve weeks of summer, we require at least nine (9) writing samples. Four are due by Summer School Day.
*Arithmetic – Below find two math packets, part 1 due by Summer School Day, and 2 due the first day in the classroom. For R 4th-8th graders, these are assigned by their leveled math group teacher, new students have grade level review, and younger students have more varied options. The goal is to keep skills sharp and avoid summer learning loss.
It is very important for children to keep their brains active over the summer – studies show that children can lose up to three months of progress over the summer without some academic stimulus. We have worked to create a homework list that is engaging, not too
challenging, and has just enough to keep minds working.
Evidence repeatedly demonstrates the best way to improve reading is by reading; in all learning, skills improve through practice. Children should read or be read to daily, and take a minimum of half an hour a couple times a week to focus on math or writing.
The books can be ordered online, through a bookstore, or borrowed from the library. Please help your child succeed in the coming school year by supplying them with these wonderful books as quickly as possible and ensuring he or she completes these tasks.
Have a great summer!