Rising first graders will create a journal. This could be as simple as folding sheets of paper in half and stapling them together or you may purchase a primary journal. The children will make three journal entries a week including a picture and an illustration. Please date the entries.
After reading poems from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, the children will use their imaginations to create their first journal entry. A topic may include: For “Bed in Summer,” what makes it hard for you to go to bed in summer? Why? For “Block City,” what would you include in your block city? Draw it. For “Farewell to Farm,” when did you have to bid farewell to a favorite place? What do you miss about it? For “Young Night-Thought,” what adventures do you imagine before going to sleep?
The journal entries can be the child’s choice after the first entry. Some suggestions include: activities, games, meals, best friend, things that were seen on a walk, etc.
This summer assignment will be turned in the first day of school.
Here is the first grade reading list:
* A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson
* Aesop’s Fables, by Don Daily
* A Friend for Dragon, by Dav Pilkey
*Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson
*Owl at Home, by Arnold Lobel
*The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton
Put Me in the Zoo, by Robert Lopshire
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss
Stop that Ball, by Mike McClintock
Raggedy Ann’s Wishing Pebble, by Johnny Gruelle
I Wish I Had Duck Feet, by Dr. Seuss
The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss
Henry and Mudge First Book, by Cynthia Rylant
*Indicates parent/child “read alouds.”