Summer Engagement Resources

  • Families are vital to their student's development and love of learning. Activities within our community are great opportunities to build knowledge and experience things beyond the classroom. Visiting cultural sites in the St. Louis area with family and friends supports learning and creates great memories! 


    Find printable versions of these resources at the bottom of this page! 

Charting the LifeCourse Nexus

  • The core belief of Charting the LifeCourse is that all people have the right to live, love, work, place, and pursue their own life aspirations.


    Charting the LifeCourse is:

    • About having different conversations.
    • A different way of thinking.
    • Encouraging high expectations.
    • Having life experiences to move the trajectory in the desired direction.
    • Integrating multiple types of support.


    Charting the LifeCourse IS NOT:

    • Only for professionals to use.
    • Just about the "tools."
    • A "program."
    • Designed for just one specific age group.
    • Solely for people with disabilities and their families.


    Integrated Supports Star

    The Integrated Support Star principle and tool can be used by anyone (individuals, families, or professionals) to guide their thinking about supports. It can be used for mapping current services and supports, problem-solving for a specific need, or planning the next steps. The star can help explore current needs, identify gaps, or plan how to access supports for the future.

    Download a personal copy of the Integrated Supports Star.

    View an example of the Integrated Supports Start to support summer engagement activities.

Maintaining Schedules and Structures

Free (Or Nearly Free) Places to Visit in the St. Louis Area

  • When students visit places like the Zoo, Art Museum, or Science Center, they are able to see and experience things that cannot be experienced in a classroom. Teachers call this "building background knowledge." Having strong background knowledge helps students be more successful in reading, as well as science, social studies, and other subjects. Visiting cultural sites in the St. Louis area with family and friends will increase you student's background knowledge and create some great memories! 

  • August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic State

  • Contemporary Art Museum

  • Gateway Arch & Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

  • Grant's Farm

  • Laumeier Sculpture Park

  • Magic House

  • Missouri Botanical Garden

  • Missouri History Museum

  • Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

  • Purina Farms

  • Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

  • St. Louis Art Museum

  • St. Louis Carousel at Faust Park

  • St. Louis County Parks

  • St. Louis Science Center

  • St. Louis Zoo

  • Suson Park

  • The Muny

  • Wabash Frisco and Pacific Railroad Association

  • World Bird Sanctuary

Learning Websites for Families

  • Families are vital to their student's development and love for learning! Below is a list of websites and apps that support reinforcing learning across settings.

  • ABCya!

  • Brain Pop

  • Journalism in Action

  • Math Games

  • Math Playground

  • Mr. Nussbaum Learning is Fun

  • Oxford Owl

  • PBS News Hour Classroom

  • Safe Kid Games

  • Sheppard Software Games

  • Starfall

  • Storynory

  • Uber Game