Required Summer Homework List 2021

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!

Writing

Below find two of Indiana’s Continuous Learning Challenges – weekly choice boards pulling from many skill areas. IDOE suggests students complete two activities from each row each week, an ambitious goal. R students are only required to write about one activity completed each week, most weeks and can choose from any area on these two given. Newer writers try for a couple sentences on each page and phonetic spelling is fine. They can draw pictures to add, or use them instead if not quite writing yet. Older students should write more with neat and clear cursive, as well as complete sentences and paragraphs, junior high students should fill a page. Students should write freely but still to the best of their ability.

Eight (8) writing pieces are required in total. Four are due by Summer School Day.

Indiana Continuous Learning K-8 A1

Indiana Continuous Learning K-8 B4

Arithmetic

Reading

It’s great for children to make a habit of daily reading, for many it’s a delightful part of the bedtime routine. As we begin a year of studying US history, every grade is reading books about early exploration and immigration to America and early colonial life.

Entering…

Grade 1:

Same as Grade 2, parents assist – read aloud, as much as needed, take turns when possible. Also continue with phonics readers – Mac & Tab, Al, etc.

Grade 2:

MTH 27 Thanksgiving on Thursday, Mary Pope Osborne, 73pp GL2.2 (Due July SS Day)*
George Washington and the General’s Dog, pp48 GL 2.1 (Due 1st Day Back)

Grade 3:

MTH 27 Thanksgiving on Thursday, Mary Pope Osborne, 73pp GL2.0 (Due July SS Day)*
The Courage of Sarah Noble, Alice Dalgliesh, 64pp GL3.1 (Due 1st Day Back)

Grade 4:

A Lion to Guard Us, Clyde Robert Bulla 115pp GL3.4 (Due July SS Day)*
The Courage of Sarah Noble, Alice Dalgliesh, 64pp GL3.1 (Due 1st Day Back)

Grades 5:

A Lion to Guard Us, Clyde Robert Bulla 115pp GL3.4 (Due July SS Day)*
The Courage of Sarah Noble, Alice Dalgliesh, 64pp GL3.1 (Due 1st Day Back)

1 Free Choice book, read at your appropriate level – Book report due

Grades 6:

A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla 115pp GL3.4 (Due July SS Day)*
Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare, 276pp GL5.8 (Due 1st Day Back)

Grades 7-8:

Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare, 276pp GL5.8 (Due July SS Day)*
PEDRO’S JOURNAL, A voyage with Columbus, Pam Conrad, 96pp GL7.3 (Due 1st Day)

Students must complete and turn in the written assignments given for each book.

Books due July SS Day will be reviewed and discussed at our Summer School Event in July.

Please ensure your child’s readiness for our class in July, and for the regular school year, by following through on summer homework and supplying them with these wonderful books as quickly as possible!

Summer School Day