Lower School Summer Challenges

June 2021

Dear Lower School Parents,

I would like to invite students to join in these Brain Challenges to combat “summer slide” and keep up learning skills in all areas.  For literacy, there are many resources around us to help us read during June, July, and August.  The libraries offer free reading programs and librarians always have great recommendations.  Also, our own CTA Librarian Mrs. Miller has made wonderful Suggested Summer Reading Lists that are located on the CTA website.  

CTA Reading Challenge:

Incoming 1st grade-2nd graders:  Read 20 books which can include picture books.  Record the book’s titles along with a parent signature to earn a reward from me!  Click here to download and print form.

Incoming 3rd-6th graders:  Read new chapter books.  Read 15 or more chapter books and you will receive a reward from me when you return from school.  Click here to download and print form.

Each book that is read must be listed on the form with a parent signature.  Return the summer book challenge to your general studies teacher on the first day of school.  The prizes will be announced at that time.

CTA Hebrew Challenge:

We have created a Hebrew challenge for students this year.  Our recommendation is to work with your children on reading fluency and/or review basic vocabulary from the year. 

Incoming 3rd-4th graders: Read 10 minutes every week, any Hebrew text . It can be from the Ivrit B’Click website (use your student ID & passcode), a prayer book, the Chumash, or a book you have at home. Bonus Challenge: Teach your parents 5 Hebrew words you learned this year. 

Incoming 5th-6th graders: Read 15 minutes every week, any Hebrew text . It can be from the Bishvil HaIvrit website digital Book 1 (use your student ID & passcode), a prayer book, the Chumash, or a book you have at home. Bonus Challenge: Teach your parents 10 Hebrew words you learned this year. 

Record the text you read and/or the Hebrew words you taught your parents on the form. Please bring and give the form to your Hebrew teacher on the first week of school! Click here to download and print form.

CTA Math Challenge:

We have created a math challenge for students this year.  Our recommendation is to work with your children on fact fluency and review grade level concepts from the year.  Freckle is a wonderful tool for this.  We will come back to school and have a grade level fluency challenge!  Be prepared and ready!

Incoming 1st-3rd graders should know their addition and subtraction facts from 0-20.  Spend 10 minutes a day developing those skills 4 days a week for a total of 360 minutes for the entire summer.  Click here to download and print form.

Incoming 4th-6th graders should be fluent in multiplication and division.  We ask students to spend 15 minutes a day working on these skills 4 days a week for 540 minutes for the summer.  This can include math practice.  Click here to download and print form.

CTA Judaics Challenge: Click here to download and print forms.

Incoming 1st-6th graders:  Daven every day.  Keep track of your davening on the Davening chart.  

Incoming 1st-6th graders:  Learn 5 minutes of Torah every day.  Use the attached form with suggested resources:  read Jewish content books, practice shorashim and pasukim you have learned, or read about the weekly parsha. Keep track on the 5 minute+ Learning Chart.

Most importantly, have your children enjoy their break.  Have fun with them!  Happy Summer Break!

Sincerely,

Nikki Miller
Lower School Principal