School is almost out, and summer vacation will be here very soon! Here are some suggestions for activities to do with your future third grader.
- read every day: read to your child, and have your child read to you, his or her siblings, or to read to himself or herself. In English and any other language!
- write every day: have your child write a summer journal of what they have experienced daily, write to each other in an interactive journal, inspire your child to write POETRY!
- read the poetry of Amy Ludwig Van Derwater, Zoë Ryder White, Kristine O’Connell George and others. Inspire your child to look at the world with poet’s eyes.
- for more math practice, find the Common Core codes, and google loads of activities
- above all, treasure the time you spend together!
Here are some online resources:
a. Online games in math and reading:
b. Work with reading and reading fluency: http://www.readnaturally.com/ search for summer activities, and you will find, among other activities:
c. Work with math fluency
- Great games for fluency: http://schoolwires.henry.k12.ga.us/Page/21865
- http://mathcc2.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/2oa2-math-fact-memory-game.html math fact fluency games
- for basic facts fluency, Xtra math: https://xtramath.org/
- http://www.secondgrademathmaniac.com/2012/02/building-subtraction-fluency.html fluency in subtraction
- Kenken problems and answers: http://krazydad.com/inkies/ (do the “easy” problems, with only addition and subtraction)
- please remember to have your child ALWAYS explain his or her strategies!
d. Work with math word problems (rich tasks, when they genuinely inspire children to think and stretch their capabilities)
- generate these problems: http://www.softschools.com/math/word_problems/worksheets/
e. Ideas for writing:
- second grade monthly writing prompts: http://www.scasd.org/Page/2806
f. Work with reading comprehension:
g. Summer reading books/ suggested books
h. free online books
The future third graders have worked very, very hard this year and it has been an honor working with them.
We thank all of you for all the support you have given your child, and also the support you have given us. Take care and have a wonderful summer!
The Second Grade Team
Greta Goedvolk Grade 5
Janpol Camp Grade 4
Camilla Qaqundah Grade 3
Lyla Reznick Grade 2
Barnabé Stel Grade 1
Mateo Dávilla Kindergarten
Well done to the winners of our first ever book cover competition! There were more than one hundred entries and finding a winner from each grade was a very difficult job! Thank you to all who entered the competion. It was such a success that we will definetly hold a book cover competition in 2018! The winners received a book of their choice from the Usborne Book Fair on Wednesday.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make our Summer Book Fair the best ever!
We sold an incredible 3100€!
This would not have been possible without the generosity of parents and students. This means our Elementary Library will have earned 900€ worth of Usborne Books. You will see these books appear in our catalogue in September.
A big thank you also to the parent volunteers who did an outstanding job of helping parents and students find just the right book. It is a wonderful achievement and my gratitude goes out to all those who made it possible.
If you or your child reserved a book, I still have them available in the library. Come and get them, if you still want them. If not, don’t worry!
Your help and support is very much appreciated.
Here are our Summer Recommended Book Lists for Elementary:
I am working with Come in Bookstore, Barcelona, to have these books available there. Here is their link
You can also try your local library for copies of the books. Click here to find all the Barcelona Libraries and their opening hours. To find the library nearest you, you can also try this link:
This is also a great place to enjoy lots of summer activities!
Reading can be one of the many fun activities with which children fill their summer time. Research has shown it is also much more! Children who participate in summer reading not only avoid the “summer slide” in learning, but also come back to school in September with a greater success in their reading.
The Elementary School Library’s 2017 Recommended Summer Reading Lists
have been published and are available at the links below. These curated lists provide a varied selection of high quality literature for elementary students from Kindergarten to Grade 5. There is also the Middle School Recommended Summer Reading List available for Grade 5 students entering Middle School in the upcoming school year.
Print copies can be picked up in the ES library.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! By Dr Seuss
The end of the school year brings excitement and often sadness. Celebrations and rituals can help children prepare for the transition to summer. Here is a list of my favorite read alouds and chapter books for the end of the school year.
All of these books are available in our Elementary School Library.
The Hello Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
A New House for Smudge by Miriam Moss
The Good-bye Book by Judith Viorst
Ira Says Goodbye by Bernard Waber
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
Oh! The Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
The Berenstain Bear’s Moving Day by Stan Berenstain
Cranberry Moving Day by Wende Devlin
Neville by Norton Juster
Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl by Barbara Park
Summer Term at Mallory Towers by Pamela Cox
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Moving Day by Meg Cabot
Sixth Grade Secrets by Louis Sachar
Sixth Grade Sleepover by Eve Bunting