If you are seeking tools to boost or just keep up academic skills, technology resources may be motivating for your children. Here are some optional tools you might like to utilize in order to support your child’s learning. You may also want to check the list of Best Apps recommended by Common Sense Media.
Resources for Reading
District Book List - Reading at Your Child’s Level
When a child reads at his/her “just right level,” fluency, vocabulary and comprehension soar! We recommend a balance between fiction and nonfiction.
Digital library of 25,000 books and videos to help kids read, learn and explore their interests. Includes Summer Reading Lists by age and subject. (Note: A summer subscription costs $1)
National Geographic Kids
Learn about the world with articles, games, maps and more!
RAZ Kids Reading
Access a leveled library to build fluency and comprehension skills. Please check in with your child's teacher for need login information. Here are the steps to logon
Summer Learning Challenge 2018 at the San Carlos Library
Dive into books this summer at the San Carlos Library! Get a free book when you sign up and then another book once they have completed logs. Enter weekly drawings for great prizes. The more you visit, the better your chances to win. One lucky participant will also be eligible to win a $1000 scholarship for college. Visit the website to see all the great prizes you can win!
Time for Kids
A kid-friendly version of Time Magazine. Short, informational articles about world events.
Resources for Writing
This free iPad app empowers children to create and publish their own e-books! Children take photos and add text to their books, making this a motivating summer journaling tool.
Dance Mat Typing
“You start by learning the home row keys. Each stage builds on previous lessons, introducing new letters as you progress. You’ll soon be touch typing like an expert! At the end of each level you can test your typing speed and get a fun reward.”
Students log-in using Google accounts. Please ask your child’s teacher if you need another copy.
Resources for Math and Coding
“Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.”
Keep math facts fresh with this free resource that builds fluency and tracks progress. Students who know their facts feel confident in math! Incoming third and fourth graders, this is a great tool for you!
Created by Stanford professor and leader in mathematics education, Jo Boaler, this resource provides engaging tools for both kids and parents. Check out the math apps section under “Ideas and Tasks” which emphasizes visual and conceptual problem-solving strategies.
IXL Math provides problem based questions that include real-world scenarios. Kids can practice specific standards that might need extra help.
Other Free Resources:
Free educational computer games and mobile apps with a wide-range of subject areas as well as skill-levels.
NASA’s Climate Kids
Articles, activities, and games crafted by NASA in order to teach kids about the Earth and what keeps it going!
NASA’s Solar System Explorer
Interactive map of space with articles, activities, and games included.