The love of reading good books is something we want to see in all our children. Apart from the sheer enjoyment gained from reading there are numerous other benefits. When children read more than just their classroom assignments, research clearly shows that they generally do well in school. Reading expands a student’s vocabulary and comprehension and leads to better writing skills. Children who read more serious literary works also gain skills in handling complex ideas. The more they read, the more information they pick up. This leads to a solid core of knowledge that is useful across the curriculum. Besides helping children do well in school, reading also helps them expand their horizons as they learn more about people and the world.
So, encourage your children to read. Read with them, and around them, and to them. Remember also, unabridged audio books are widely available in libraries and are great for long road trips, and Kindle Readers can now read books aloud to students as well.
Students entering grades 7–12 are required to read one (and maybe two or three) assigned books during the summer. An assignment will be given within the first few weeks of school based on the required reading. Additionally, other books deemed valuable by our teachers are recommended. They reflect some of the best of Geneva’s ideals of faith and of learning.
Note to Parents
We recommend that you participate in your child’s summer literature experience by reading, or at least previewing, the books that your child selects. Some of the texts within the list below contain difficult subject matter, strong language, and/or powerful scenes that may remain with the reader long after they have finished the book. Be assured that the faculty has taken the utmost care in choosing titles for this summer’s reading list, believing that their content is of value, is consistent with Geneva’s educational objectives, and will act as a spring board for discussion and deeper thought. However, while each of these texts has been read by our faculty and deemed appropriate for certain age groups, we encourage you to screen the chosen selections to help ensure appropriateness, keeping in mind your own personal family convictions and your child’s individual sensibilities.
The Geneva School recognizes that keyboarding skills are a necessary part of a student’s education and students in grades 7–12 are expected to type their essays.
Mrs. Kelli Brodrecht (6th grade teacher) offers keyboarding classes throughout the year to students in grades 4–8. Each session is eight weeks long and students meet once a week for one hour after school.