“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest [people] of the past centuries” ~ Descartes
Reading is not only entertaining, it is essential. Research is clear that when children read outside of the classroom, they generally do better in school. Not only does reading broaden a student’s vocabulary and deepen comprehension, but in turn, reading leads to better mastery of spelling and writing skills. So, encourage your children to read, and often. Read with them, and around them, and to them. Remember also, unabridged audio books are widely available in libraries and are great for long road trips, and Kindle Readers can now read books aloud to students as well. As educators and parents, we desire for children to love reading books–books that speak to children’s hearts, shape their character, challenge their thinking, and captivate their minds by having unimaginable adventures with places and people from all around the world .
* For the summer of 2020 only, Tallahassee Classical School is strongly encouraging, but not requiring, scholars/families to read the number of books recommended for grades 3rd-8th as indicated on these book lists. However, we do recommend that families soak up as many of these wonderful titles as you can–the more the better!
Reading Tips for Parents:
Incoming Kindergarten and 1st grade:
The most important thing you can do to build reading readiness for your child is to read to them and with them. Establish a routine that devotes time every day to reading aloud with your child. At this age, listening to a parent read will expand their vocabulary and broaden their interests. Books that rhyme are especially helpful and enjoyable to children at this age.
Incoming 2nd and 3rd grade:
As with the emerging readers,continue your routine that devotes time every day to reading aloud with your child. Students in second grade should be reading aloud with parents and, if ready, take turns reading to each other. At this age, listening to a parent read will continue to expand their vocabulary and broaden their interests. Don’t forget to be asking the “Why do you think…” and “What do you think…” questions along the way.
Incoming 4th through 8th grade:
With your reader becoming more independent, do not mistake that reading aloud and together is no longer beneficial. Some of these stories’ themes and concepts will grow more challenging, in which discussion is crucial to help your student think through and develop their own ideas. Continue to read together and enjoy building vocabulary and rich conversation.
As you select your books from the reading lists this summer, do not limit yourself to only your child’s grade level. Feel free to browse the previous lists and enjoy some other titles of beautiful literature that your child, or even you, have missed along the way.
Please click on the appropriate graphic below to access the suggested reading list for your child. Happy reading!
Dean of Curriculum and Instruction