LETTER to Parents
The summer is almost here and with it our newly revised “Read Mania” list for students entering Grades 1-5. Reading, watching, learning - being exposed to languages through different media is our goal for all of our students this summer holiday. Technology has changed what traditional reading looked like in the past, and our practices need to reflect this change. Therefore, we want our students to have more say in how they prefer to engage with language by listening to audiobooks, reading books in print or in digital format, playing language games, or watching videos.
Another change from past reading lists is that we no longer have “required” books for the Upper Primary Grades, as we feel that one or two selected books do not reflect the multiple reading levels of our students in each class. Instead of the required reading, we offer a suggested book list for different reading levels in each language, and students can choose any book from these lists. The lists are only a starting point though. Please keep in mind that your children can and should read anything that they are interested in.
We will continue to provide ample opportunities for our students to have access to print books from school - both from the classroom as well as the library. They can check out a book in the target language from the classroom libraries, and up to 5 books in the target language per student from the main library. The books remain AIS property though and must be returned in August.
All of the information about our summer “Read Mania” can be found via the linked box on the main library webpage, and the password for the Read Mania page is “readmania.”
Students entering Grades 4K/5K continue to have a list of oral activities to be enjoyed during the summer.
Enjoy your summer,
The Primary School Faculty
SUMMER LIBRARY CHECKOUT
SUMMER BRINGS long days of relaxation and fun! But after all the activities of the day are over, don't forget about the pleasure of reading or listening to a good book!
A. LINKS FOR SUMMER LISTS FOR FRENCH, GERMAN AND SPANISH resources are provided in the respective boxes on the Read Mania 2017 page. Make sure you refer to the summer list for the grade the student is entering in 2017-18, not the one the student just completed.
Below are links to online vendors of Spanish, French and German books respectively. World of Reading is an online source of summer reading books for all of the language tracks.
- Lectorum Publishing (Spanish)
- FNAC (French)
- Globalbooks (German)
- World of Reading (multiple languages)
B. EACH SUMMER LIST is prefaced with a description of the summer learning expectation for that grade. Please note that the titles on the recommended book lists have been selected for their general quality and appeal to the students. But, if your child is passionate about reading other books this summer, by all means encourage them to read what they enjoy. Many reading experts have noted the importance of access to books during the summer.
Summer POSTCARD Project!
SEND the library a POSTCARD this summer! We want to know what you are reading AND get lots of cool postcards from all over the world!! We will share them with everyone in August - maybe even create a map showing where they were mailed. Where do YOU think they will come from . . . . ?
POSTCARDS are available in the PS Library! Or use your own - preferably one with a FANTASTIC photo on it!