Keep your child's reading skills sharp by encouraging him or her to dive into books this summer!
Whether it's traveling to a hidden world behind a musty old wardrobe or delighting in the misdaventures of a shaggy neighborhood dog, summer is the perfect time for kids to exercise their imagintion by diving into a favorite book.
Too often, students stop reading for the summer and experience the "summer slide." Students can lose up to two months of school year progress over the summer. The solution is easy though. Give your children ample opportunities to flex their reading muscles!
Does your child need some help finding a good book? Check out our summer reading list!
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Just The Way You Are by Max Lucado
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
More Spaghetti, I Say by Rita Golden Gelman
Falling Up by Shell Silverstein
Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Fox At School by Edward Marshall
El ‘Arbol Generoso by Shel Silverstein
Platero by Juan Ramon
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
The Return of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
How Big is a Foot? By Rolf Myller
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
Something BIG Has Been Here by Jack Prelutsky
Un Caso Grave De Rayas by David Shannon
La historia de Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
The Adventures of Mark Twain by Mark Twain
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth Speare
The Runaway Horse, A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
White House Dog by Martha Speaks series
The Mouse and The Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
4th grade—Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen
The Race Across America by Geronimo Stilton
Pilgrim’s Progress by Gary Schmidt
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Swindle by Gordon Korman
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Sir Cumference by Cindy Neuschwander
Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell
iPads in the Classroom
We embrace developmentally appropriate use of technology at Zeeland Christian - including iPads in the classroom. In 2012, every classroom at ZCS will have access to iPads. While we do not provide an iPad to every student, we provide ample opportunities for their use when it will help enahnce the curriculum. In preschool, we have iPad centers with 5-6 iPads in each classroom. We believe iPads are a wonderful addition to our technology toolbox. However, we do not think every elementary school student needs 24-hour access to an iPad in order to receive the benefits that the technology provides. Technology changes every single day and we expect to see our technology program to continue to evolve as well. Please feel free to ask questions or give suggestions if you see more ways we can integrate technology at ZCS!
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