Please refer to the following items to prepare your child for a great academic experience at CAL.
Summer reading poses a dilemma for many children: To read or not to read; that is the question. The short answer is that children should by all means read over the summer. There is, however, a difference between quality literature and that which will merely entertain, or even worse, corrupt the mind. It is simply not good enough to say that the more one reads, the better reader one becomes. Spongebob Squarepants and Super Diaper Baby are probably not going to improve the minds of your children much. It is important for children to read and appreciate quality literature.
Dr. Terrence Moore of Hillsdale College reminds us that high quality literature can be found in places where one may not think to look. According to a summer reading essay by Dr. Moore, Calvin and Hobbes is one comic strip which does indeed offer high level text. During a G.R.O.S.S. (Get Rid Of Slimy GirlS) Club meeting, Calvin states the following: “As we’re all aware, the enemy has infiltrated our territory and is spreading disinformation to the effect that homework ought to be done right after school! As my mom may have covert girl sympathies, we must eradicate the hostile forces!” Infiltrated, territory, disinformation, covert, sympathies, and eradicate are words that may require thinking throughout many age levels, especially children of the elementary school age. Good literature is not hard to come by, but one must look and be selective in the process.
Below is a list of books and stories that will improve your child’s mind during and after reading. One should not feel obligated to read the entire list according to each grade level. Classical Academy de Lafayette hires teachers who have read and studied the great works taught in their particular grade level. Reading, discussion, questioning-and-answering using classical literature in a classroom setting is much different than simply reading it alone at home. Nevertheless, summertime is an opportunity for your child to continue her learning, practice the skill of reading, and enjoy the great books and stories available to her. And just because you are an adult does not mean this list isn’t for you, too!
CAL offers a variety of after-school clubs for students. Our talented teachers, parents, and supporters offer the following clubs: fencing club, chess club, duct tape club, drama club, crochet club, and more! Stay tuned for more details about our 2021-2022 after-school clubs.