The following was compiled using the American Classical Charter Academy curriculum. This summer reading list provides suggested resources for your child to enjoy prior to attending their first school year at ACCA. Included are books and stories from prior grade levels in order to help him gain content from earlier in the curriculum. Yes, one could challenge himself to read the entire list; but that may not be the way to get the most out of summer reading. A different approach could be to select one or two items from the list at the recommended grade level, read, and write a summary about it. One could also download an audiobook version onto an iPod or mp3 player, and read it while relaxing on the beach. At the younger age levels, it is very important that an adult read aloud often to the child. Whatever way is chosen, and even if it is a combination of these ways, summer reading is important and highly encouraged by the teachers of American Classical Charter Academy. Of course this list is far from comprehensive, as there are certainly other quality books and stories available.
This should be a time of read-aloud by adults to children. Picture books, fairy tales, Aesop’s Fables, and folk tales of any sort should be read aloud. If your child is already proficient in reading, have her read aloud to an adult, brother, or sister. Daily reading to the child for at least 20 minutes and discussion about the story should be the goal.
Mother Goose and other traditional poems such as A Dillar, A Dollar; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling; Early to Bed; Georgie Porgie; Hey Diddle Diddle; Hickory Dickory Dock; Hot Cross Buns; Humpty Dumpty; It’s Raining, It’s Pouring; Jack and Jill; Jack Be Nimble; Jack Sprat; Little Bo Peep; Little Miss Muffet; London Bridge is Falling Down; Old King Cole; Simple Simon; Three Blind Mice
Assorted Aesop’s Fables
*All adapted versions can be purchased from the Core Knowledge Foundation.