POTTSTOWN PA – School buildings closed their doors for the summer last week in the Pottsgrove School District but, as most parents recognize, learning doesn’t stop when formal teaching officially ends.The district has already issued its summer reading lists, and is encouraging all students from kindergarten through 12th grade to dive into good books during the good weather.
The reading lists and supplemental information are available for download from the district website, here:
There are at least eight researched reasons why students should read, high school library media specialist Danielle Small contends:
- It’s rewarding;
- It builds a mature vocabulary;
- It makes you a better writer;
- It’s hard, and “hard” is necessary;
- It makes you smarter;
- It prepares you for the world of work;
- It’s financially rewarding; and
- It opens the door to college and beyond.
Although all teachers have preached the value of reading during past summers, they indicate that Pottsgrove’s redistricting move during the last year to academic centers from grade-level buildings has prompted the district to formalize its vacation reading programs even more.
High school readers are expected to complete projects based on what they read, for which they will receive points that represent their first graded efforts in next year’s English classes. Middle schoolers have an extensive list of 30 age-appropriate novels and non-fiction offerings intended to spur critical thinking about everything from personal courage to overcoming poverty, training pets, and improving work habits.
In grades 3-5 at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School, changes have been made to its 100-book Home Reading Program to coincide with the district’s investment in what is called its Accelerated Reader program. The online method of tracking student reading progress through a variety of books, with games, quizzes and interactive sessions helps increase reading comprehension and understanding. Lists for those readers are also found online, here.
Even the youngest of readers, those in kindergarten through second grade, have between 30 and 50 choices per grade level, according to their teachers.