Because we appreciate that many of our families have varying activities throughout the summer, Brookwood Christian does not have an official “Summer Reading” assignment.
However, we realize the importance of reading during the summer, and know that many families like to encourage their children to read and/or listen to books over the summer. There is much evidence that reading over the summer helps students retain the skills they learned, and even progresses many past the levels they attained during the year.
We have grade/age-appropriate lists that are meant to help students develop their love of reading. When choosing books, consider the reading levels in the test scores you received as well as the child’s maturity, interests, and grade level.
Also, if your student was in Fast ForWord this year, the subscription is still active until we start back in the fall. This is also true for the Prodigy Math.
To find the books more appropriate for your child’s reading level, use the reading scores that were emailed home. The center number is an ideal place to start, and then the far right part of the grey bar would be possibly difficult, while the far left would probably be too easy.
The Passage Comprehension score will be a better indicator of what your child will be able to understand, while the Reading Fluency score is an indicator of speed.
For example, the student shown above may want to choose books from either the 7th grade level (somewhat easy reading) through high school level (more challenging) with regards to comprehension. Because the fluency isn’t as high, maybe lower page count books as to not give up if book is too lengthy.
In the lists the books or organized by reading level, but there are interest level columns which give an indicator of possible student interest based on what grade level the child is actually in, not the reading level.
Within each reading level, the books are sorted from easier to more difficult, and there is NOTHING wrong with moving up or down based on ability/interests. So long as the student is reading AND comprehending.
In no way are these complete lists, NOR required, just suggestions, and we will continue to update and expand it over time.
We encourage students and parents to take an active role while reading, asking questions, summarizing chapters, discussing details, and predicting what might happen next are beneficial ways that increase understanding and engagement.