Summer Reading, Math and Online Resources

Summer is a great time to relax after a successful academic school year. For those looking to practice reading and math over the summer, here are some tips.

Summer Reading Programs

Berkeley Public Library

Please encourage your children to read this summer! Help your child find books they are interested in reading and take them to the library over the summer. Sign them up for the Berkeley Public Library Summer Reading Game, Reading by Design, beginning June 16th.

Kids can win a variety of prizes and even enter a raffle (while supplies last)! Last day to redeem prizes and enter the raffle is September 2nd. You can also check out lots of fun events for kids on the website.

Or browse the Berkeley public library catalog on your computer together. It’s easy to put a hold on a favorite book!


Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon

Kids can earn a free book by completing the Summer Reading Program this summer from Barnes & Noble from May 16th-September 5th. Start by  visiting a store or downloading the reading journal from their website (scroll down to mid-page) .


Summer Reading Recommendations

Here are some great resources for finding books just right for your readers.

Summer Reading List by grade level
We hope your children enjoy the list of recommended reads, arranged by grades, on the BUSD Library Website.

Berkeley Public Library

Our fantastic public library has a great kids section on their website.

This site is great if you’re trying to find books at a certain reading level, using the same levels Cragmont teachers use. Search under “leveled reading” on the site.

Have fun reading this summer!!


Fun and Easy Ways To Practice Math This Summer

Here are some fun ways to sneak some math in throughout the summer.

Grocery store math. Counting, estimating, and making change are good exercises. What can we get for $10.00? Will you count the change for me, please? Let me know when we’ve reached fifteen items, please.

Menu math. What’s the most expensive meal on the menu? What’s the least expensive? We have $20.00 to spend – what can we get? What’s the proper tip?

Kitchen math. Practice fractions by using recipes or reading cookbooks. Measuring ingredients is a perfect math lesson. Don’t tell them, though.

Map math. What’s the distance from home to our destination? How long will it take us if we travel the speed limit? What’s the most direct route?

On-the-Road math. Numbers are all around roads if you look for them. Add or subtract license plate numbers, speed limits, or route numbers. Keep track of time traveled or how long you’ve been reading aloud to encourage learning how to tell time.

Money math. Teach about making change. Count change in a piggy bank. How many ways can I make 45 cents? Open a savings account and watch the amount rise with deposits and interest.

Reading and writing math. Read books about math and mathematicians. (A good website is Math Mama’s blog post on a “Dozen Delectable Math Books,” which gives recommendations for ages 2-adult.)

Calendar math. Count down the days to special events like the first day of school, birthdays, holidays, vacations, assignments, and appointments.

Game math. Use cards, dominoes or dice (“math cubes”) to reinforce counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division skills. Play Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly, and other games that encourage counting. Together, do the sudoku puzzles in the paper.

More ideas from the BUSD Library. Check out their list here.

Source: WQOW

Do your children want to spend time online this summer?

Here are some great sites recommended by the BUSD library staff that combine learning and fun.


Common Sense Media, a useful place to look for ratings and information on digital media for kids, has recommendations for age-appropriate mobile apps and websites. Start with the “Find Great Media for Kids by Age and Type” box on the right of their main page.



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