Summer Learning Resources
for Keystone Parents
Resources for Language Arts, Math, and Science as well as Favorite Summer Reading Lists
LANGUAGE ARTS: ACTIVITIES
LANGUAGE ARTS: PODCASTS
LANGUAGE ARTS: YOUTUBE RESOURCES
SUMMER READING LISTS
A FEW MORE THINGS
Students can log in to databases with their Keystone Google credentials. Note the usernames and passwords for individual subscription resources. These are a few that are appropriate for lower school:
BrainPop and BrainPop Jr.
Britannica (includes FUNdamentals for pre-K)
Discovery Education (includes interactives for play if flash available)
Infobase: Choose Learn 360, Streaming Videos, and
click on Games and Activities to find learning games for reading, math, social studies, and language arts
click on Audio to find 15 ELA songs
JLG Digital (streaming eBooks for elementary and middle school)
Scholastic BookFlix (eBooks for elementary, fiction and nonfiction)
Scholastic Go! (Go Tube Videos on a wide range of subjects)
Worldbook Online (click Kids to find activities and games)
NEW: Check out the Lower School Virtual Library (currently under construction).
LANGUAGE ARTS: ACTIVITIES
ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Our activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. Young learners will love working with Fuzz Bugs to recognize consonant blends, or taking a stroll through a gnome’s garden to practice measuring in centimeters and inches.
Created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, Funbrain.com has been the leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.
HEB Summer Reading Club
H‑E‑Buddy is ready for summer fun and summer jamming, so it's time to kick off our H‑E‑Buddy Summer Reading Club. All you have to do is read ten books and record them on your reading log from the form linked (on the website). Each time you log a book, have an adult initial by the title so you get credit for reading. Once the log is complete, mail the form to the address below, and you'll be rewarded with a special t‑shirt. You have until October 1 to get in ten good reads. Texas summers are made for adventures, and some of the best adventures you find are in books, so find a stack of books and start exploring. For readers ages 3 to 12.
J.K. Rowling Writes a Very Different Children's Story
Read Together, Be Together
Penguin Random House, in partnership with Parents magazine, has activities and resources that celebrate the importance and power of the shared reading experience between an adult and a child, along with information about upcoming virtual reading events.
Scholastic's Summer Read-a-Palooza
For 2020, we are excited to share a brand new kids experience in Scholastic Home Base, a free digital destination which offers full books, live events, and games in a safe community for readers! Kids will be encouraged to track their reading streaks™ to earn rewards and unlock book donations, with the goal of donating 100,000 books by July!
Scholastic Home Base is a fun, safe, and completely free online destination where kids can create their own avatar, interact with their favorite Scholastic characters, play games, and read books. Home Base is moderated 24/7. Parents, click the link to help your child create their own personal account.
Find free resources for language arts and math for students from pre-k through third grade. At school, students are able to access the premium version, but Keystone’s subscription is for campus-use only.
StoryPlace: The Children’s Digital Learning Library
StoryPlace came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the Library and participating in the same types of activities the Library offers at its physical locations. First launched in 2000, StoryPlace has been newly redesigned to present favorite stories and activities in a format compatible with desktop and mobile devices.
LANGUAGE ARTS: PODCASTS
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian:Science Fiction for Kids
Finn Caspian is an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the Marlowe. When pressed, we describe it as a "mystery gang" story, sort of like Scooby-Doo in space.
Book Club for Kids Where Middle Graders Talk About Books
Book Club for Kids is a free, 20-minute podcast devoted to middle grade books and readers. Each show features a trio of students discussing a favorite book, an interview with the author, and a celebrity reading. Kitty Felde is the host.
Circle Round Podcasts
Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity.
Rebel Girls Podcast
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: The Podcast is a fairy tale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire us. The show is based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the global best-selling book series inspiring millions of girls and women around the world to dream bigger, aim higher, and fight harder.
Saturday Morning Theater
From the creator of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd comes a brand new audio drama anthology series that is fun for the whole family! Join us every Saturday morning as we travel back to the glory days of old time radio with these daring, and often funny, adventures that will capture the imagination. Superhero adventures, westerns, mystery, comedy…Saturday Morning Theatre has it all!
On the Stories Podcast, we perform a new story for your children every week. The stories range from retellings of fairy tales like Snow White to classic stories like Peter Rabbit and even completely original works. Everything is G rated and safe for all ages. The perfect kids podcast for imaginative families. Whether you’re driving with your children or just want to limit your kids’ screen time, Stories Podcast delivers entertainment that kids and parents alike will love.
StoryNory: Stories for Kids (Apple Podcasts)
Storynory brings you an audio story every week. Each one is beautifully read by Natasha and friends. Let Natasha's voice beguile you with classic fairy tales, new children's stories, poems, myths, adventures and romance.
LANGUAGE ARTS: YOUTUBE RESOURCES
Shelf Stuff on YouTube
For your middle graders, visit HarperCollins Shelf Stuff, a brand-new spot where you can catch up with videos, games, how-tos, sneak peeks on new reads and chances to win free stuff. Tune in on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm EST to watch.
Read & Learn with Simon Kids!
Simon & Schuster launched the Read & Learn with Simon Kids! YouTube channel, a video series featuring read-alouds, drawing tutorials and activities from favorite authors and illustrators.
Boddle: Transforming Math with Engagement
Boddle is a math platform for 1-6th grade that makes learning fun and personalized. Teachers and parents are able to track student progress remotely and quickly identify learning gaps. Boddle’s math game platform is available at no cost to educators, parents, and students dealing with school closures due to Covid-19.
TumbleMath K-6 math ebook database
Tumblebooks has given us access to TumbleMath until at least August 30. It is a collection of children’s books related to math concepts.
Xtra Math: Help Kids Master Basic Math Facts
XtraMath® is a Seattle 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to math achievement for all. Their goal is to develop effective, efficient, adaptive, and intrinsically rewarding supplemental math activities.
Imagineering in a Box
“Imagineering in a Box” lets viewers in on the process of how Walt Disney Imagineering brings to life the Disney Parks. Guided by a variety of Imagineers, visitors to the site are led through three lessons: Creating Worlds, Designing Attractions, and Bringing Characters to Life.
River Camp: Virtual Education Series
Finding yourself in an education program at your kitchen table and backyard? RIVER CAMP! is a compilation of K-12 education resources that are featured on San Antonio River Authority social media channels, like Facebook, every Wednesday and Friday at 2 pm. You can always find our features on this page. We also have a plethora of educational resources we encourage you to utilize on our Curricula Page. Videos are created with smartphones during this time of stay-at-home protocols.
SUMMER READING LISTS
International Literacy Association’s Children’s Choices
Children have evaluated these books and written reviews of their favorites. Since 1974, Children’s Choices has been a trusted source of book recommendations used by teachers, librarians, parents, and children themselves. The list is divided into recommendations for Beginning Readers (Grades K-2, Ages 5-8), Young Readers (Grades 3-4, Ages 8-10), and Advanced Readers (Grades 5-6, Ages 10-12).
Reading Rockets Summer Reading Lists
Reading Rockets' annual summer booklist makes it easy to find great books kids will enjoy during the long, lazy days of summer. This list can be a springboard for helping your kids choose books on topics that pique their curiosity — that's what really motivates children to want to read!
Texas 2X2 Reading List (PreK to 2nd)
The Texas 2X2 Reading List is a project of the Children’s Round Table, a unit of the Texas Library Association. TLA sponsors the 2X2 Reading List solely to encourage free voluntary reading for children from two years old to second grade. These books also make perfect read-alouds for children of all ages.
Texas Bluebonnet Award
The Texas Bluebonnet Award selection committee chooses the twenty titles, both fiction and nonfiction, based on suggestions by librarians, teachers, parents, students, and other interested persons. The list is released each year at the Texas Book Festival in October. Nominees must have been published within three years of the release of the list.