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 – Instead of the Summer Journal, this year we are giving a wider variety of options by enclosing two of Indiana’s new Continuous Learning Challenges. (If you’d like more, you can find at: https://www.doe.in.gov/covid-19/resources/continuous-learning-weekly-challenges) These are weekly choice boards pulling from many skill areas. Indiana DOE suggest students complete two activities from each row each week which is a great goal. However, we are only asking for students to write about one activity completed each week, most weeks. After the long summer, we require at least eight (8) writing samples in total. Four are due by Summer School Day.
*Arithmetic – Below find two small math packets, one due by Summer School Day, the other due the first day in the classroom. These include review work and engaging math related activities to keep skills sharp and avoid summer learning loss.
It is very important for children to stay mentally active in the summer – studies show students can lose up to three months progress over the short summer months without academic stimulus. Many students have much more to make up after the pandemic year. We have worked to create homework 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.
Please help ensure your child school success starting with completing this summer work.
Have a great summer!