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Summer Reading and Math

Welcome to the Summer Math Review and Reading Resources for each grade. You should choose the grade your student will be entering in the fall. 

Summer Reading and Math

To access IXL Math or Renaissance Place (AR Tests), your student will log in to Clever SSO .

Current students will use their Office 365 (Teams) credentials. Incoming students will use their Clever badges, which were included in our June 18th Campus Updates. Email support@chestnuthillacademy.com if you need help.

Clever

If you are looking for additional math practice, Greg Tang and Math Playground websites are full of additional activities. You will find links to those on Clever.

Accelerated reader (AR) USE DURING THE SUMMER

At CHA, our goal for summer reading is to foster students’ love of reading for both information and entertainment, and we look forward to seeing the many ways students have used the reading and writing checklists we’ve provided when we return to school in the fall. The AR program is a teaching tool utilized by reading teachers to monitor students’ comprehension, track independent reading, and set reading goals. For this reason, we have not previously allowed students to use the program in the summer. We recognize, however, that some students enjoy taking quizzes on the books they’ve read, and some parents use AR tests as a way to monitor their child’s reading progress. As an extension of our 2020-2021 REACH program, AR will be available for students to test at home until August 27, 2021. Taking quizzes during the summer is not required or expected, but if your child is planning to utilize AR, please know: 

  • While teachers are away from school during summer vacation, they will not be available to provide tech support to unblock students’ accounts or delete tests for students to retake them. 

  • Camp staff will not have access to students’ AR accounts. 

  • Points earned on summer AR tests will not be included with students’ points earned during the school year. 

  • Comprehension scores on summer AR tests will not be averaged with tests taken during the school year. 

  • Students will not be able to retake AR tests on books they read during the summer once the school year starts. 

  • With the return to in-person school in the fall, students will no longer have access to AR testing at home; instead, students will be provided time to take AR tests during the school day. 

The 7 Habits of Summer Math Practice

Habit 1: Be Proactive – Short, frequent math practice sessions (10 to 15 minutes), three to four times a week are much more effective than longer, more intensive sessions.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind – Summer math is meant to prevent loss of skills over the summer months. Your child will benefit most from reviewing the skills they learned over the course of the last year. Then, they will arrive at school ready to dive right into new curriculum. The focus should be on retaining skills and gaining confidence.

Habit 3: Put First Things First – Build math practice into your routine. Your child can spend ten minutes practicing addition before they set the table each night. Or perhaps it is their task to do their math practice while you prepare breakfast. The practice will be most effective if they have a small amount of time set aside to focus exclusively on math.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win – Many children (and even some adults!) experience math anxiety. Modeling an enjoyment of math and setting aside the time to practice shows your children that you value the hard work and practice that goes into developing math skills.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand and then to be Understood – How does your child feel about math? Is it an area of strength or concern? Do they get nervous about math tests? If they aren’t enjoying math, it may be a good idea to reach out to their current teacher about summer learning and how to boost their confidence.

Habit 6: Synergize – Share your experiences of math with your child. Do you use math in your job? Are there math or logic games you enjoy? Students’ attitudes about math often reflect how they hear you talk about math.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw – Math practice doesn’t have to be boring! Board games, guessing games, logic puzzles, sports statistics, cooking, pattern making, LEGOs, and many other day-to-day activities are opportunities to practice math. Summer is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some math together.