Interactive Language Learning

November 22nd, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 22, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Duolingo

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This free website for language learning uses fun interactive technology to learn and practice a foreign language.
When arriving at the link, select the language you would like to learn. Available languages include:
  • Spanish
  • Danish
  • Irish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Dutch (Netherlands)
After selecting your language, watch the quick tour hosted by the owl mascot, Duo. This tour explains the interface and how to use the program. Next you are able to choose to begin with “Basics” or take a short placement test if you are already familiar with the language. Interactive lessons include vocabulary, grammar, and more. Be sure to have your sound on and Duolingo requires the Adobe Flash plugin to accept speech input. There are hundreds of lessons broken down to focus on specific language skills. You need to complete certain skills to open new skill/lesson levels.

In order for your lessons to be tracked you will need to create a free profile. Once you have created your profile you can review words learned, practice with flashcards, check your activity on the program, and more. There is a language discussion board available so parents will want to monitor their students if they do not want them to participate in the board. While working through the lessons, student earn lingots, the Duolingo virtual currency. Lingots can be used in the virtual store for things such as a “Heart Refill” which “allows you to regain one heart lost during a lesson”, “Streak Freeze” which allows your activity “streak to remain in place for one full day of inactivity”, and more program related bonuses.

From the website:

In a recent independent study, professors from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina found that when using Duolingo for 34 hours, students learn the equivalent of one university semester of language instruction.”

And this program is also available as a free app so you can take learning on the go. Learning a new language can be fun using this website that appeals to different learning methods.

Learn How to Homeschool

November 21st, 2014 by diane No comments »

Dear Friend, We’re excited to meet you at this event… The Art of Homeschooling With Veteran Homeschool Moms, Mentors, & Activists: Barbara Phillips and Diane Flynn Keith* Saturday, January 10th, 9:30 AM to 12:30 P.M. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall 2124 Brewster Avenue (at Lowell Street) Redwood City, CA 94062 Are you interested in homeschooling or unschooling? Have you just begun your journey? Are you currently un/homeschooling and need some inspiration? Join us for a fun, informative, and thought-provoking conversation at this all-inclusive, non-sectarian event. What? You say you can’t make it to the live event? If you want to learn more about homeschooling and unschooling see the documentary film, “Class Dismissed.” Diane Flynn Keith is one of the homeschool advocates interviewed in the film that follows a family’s two-year journey from public school to learning outside the traditional classroom walls. Learn more at http://www.classdismissedmovie.com. For those who can attend the live event, here’s what you’ll learn: *Get the Basics – Find out the Legal Ways to Homeschool/Unschool in California including enrollment in a public school/charter school programs, and establishing a private school (and filing the Private School Affidavit) *How to Hack An Education – Where to Find Curriculum and Educational Resources and Opportunities both traditional and unconventional for all grades, ages, interests, and ability levels *Where to Find Community – How to Get Connected with Other Un/Homeschoolers for Support and Socialization including co-op classes, field trips, and social events *How Homeschoolers & Unschoolers Get Into College – with or without doing high school curriculum *How People Successfully Homeschool and Unschool Their Kids (what a day in a life without traditional schooling looks like) Through personal stories and Q&A, get answers to all of your questions or concerns including un/homeschooling children with learning differences, gifted kids, teens, and children of multiple ages, and more! Please arrive early, as we will begin the meeting promptly at 9:30 AM. Doors open at 9:00 AM. This event will be held in the “Social Hall” at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The entrance to the Social Hall is on Lowell Street. The facility is located in a well-maintained residential neighborhood. There is plenty of free street parking around the building. This event is for adults only. Please do not bring children or babes-in-arms. Thank you for your cooperation. Please bring any beverages or snacks needed for your own comfort during the presentation. Space is limited. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ADVISED. There is a small registration fee to defray expenses including room rental and hand-outs: Advanced Registration is $20 per person; Registration at the door (if seating is available) is $25 per person. To Register in advance and save $5.00 click on the link below: http://www.homefires.com/click?artofhsing Sorry, no refunds. If you register and are unable to attend for any reason, you are welcome to transfer your registration to someone else. We will also be happy to email the handout (pdf) to anyone who registers and is unable to attend on the day of the event. Simply contact us after the event and request the handout. Can’t wait to see you there! Please help us get the word out by passing this information along to anyone who may be interested! Thank you! *About the Presenters: Barbara Phillips is a veteran homeschool mom and activist, California credentialed teacher (Montessori certified), and a Reading Tutor and Coach who specializes in helping children with special needs. She has been mentoring un/homeschool families through workshops and presentations for over 20 years. Barbara un/homeschooled her daughter, Rachel, from second grade through high school. Diane Flynn Keith is a veteran un/homeschool mom and mentor, editor of Homefires.com, author of the books “Carschooling” and “Papa’s Pearls,” and has been a popular speaker at homeschool conferences throughout the U.S. Her oldest son was un/homeschooled from second grade through high school, and her youngest son was un/homeschooled from K-12. She enjoys liberating families from conventional schooling to live extraordinary lives. Here’s to your lifelong learning success, Diane Diane Flynn Keith Editor of Homefires.com, Kindling A Love of Learning Through Homeschooling http://www.Homefires.com Author of “Papa’s Pearls: A Father’s Gift of Love and Wisdom To His Children and Grandchildren” http://www.PapasPearls.com To unsubscribe go here: https://go.madmimi.com/opt_out?fe=1&pact=26422648946&amx=7156543500

All Aboard! A Virtual Railroad

November 21st, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, November 21, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Strasburg Rail Road

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Climb aboard for a virtual exploration of the Strasburg Rail Road in Pennsylvania.
Through the use of 360° panoramas, explore the following:
  • Coach Car
  • First Class Parlor Car
  • President’s Car Dining Room
  • President’s Car Observation Lounge
  • Station Platform East
  • Switch Tower
  • Mechanical Shop
  • Groff’s Grove
After you have finished with the tours, continue your adventure by selecting “Videos” on the sidebar. You will be treated to more sights and sounds of the railroad as well as be able to watch promotional videos, including a Day out with Thomas™. Select the “About” and “History” links to learn more about the Strasburg Rail Road.

Trains hold a fascination for kids of all ages and this virtual tour will get the whistles blowing in your child’s imagination.

Investigate the First Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, November 20, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Plimoth Plantation: You Are The Historian

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Interested in learning about the history of Thanksgiving? Look no further than this award-winning website produced by Plimoth Plantation (the spelling is correct). Here, kids and their families can discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving and separate the myths from the facts.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Notice the Teacher’s Guide text link under the main image – you may want to click on that if you prefer a more lesson-structured approach and guideline to exploring this website. You may also access the guide within the investigation presentation by selection the Teacher’s Guide icon.

Eager learners can also jump right in and begin their investigation by clicking on the image or the text link “HERE!” A new page opens to a multi-media extravaganza with beautiful sights and sounds. Your hosts invite you to use clues to unearth the real history behind the Thanksgiving feast. Click on “enter” to begin the journey. A new page opens with a menu that includes:

  • Fact or Myth – What’s true and what’s not about the people and events surrounding the first Thanksgiving? Did the guests eat cranberries and turkey? What you discover may surprise you.
  • The Evidence – View and read a primary source document – the only existing written, first-hand-account of the feast. A terrific introduction to exploring primary source documents – don’t miss it!
  • The Wampanoag People – Learn about the Native People who were at the first Thanksgiving, and how they celebrate the different seasons of the year.
  • The English Colonists – Take a trip back in time to the home of a Pilgrim and find out how they prepared for the Thanksgiving feast.
  • The Path to 1621 – Find out about the events that led up to the First Thanksgiving.

This is an engaging website presenting historically accurate evidence of the first Thanksgiving or harvest celebration in colonial America that kids of all ages are certain to enjoy.

Thanksgiving Poetry!

November 19th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Poetry Foundation: The Cranberry Cantos

 

Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)

 

As explained at the site, “Whether you’re looking for a pre-meal toast, a scrap of American history, or a late night conversation starter, these poems should provide ample stuffing.” Some are somber and some are silly. Some are old and some are modern. I hope you find one to print out and enjoy with your family!

Calling All Young Inventors

November 18th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, November 18, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The National Museum of Education’s website encourages young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills. It also has a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions. They also maintain a “Hall of Fame” featuring student inventors!
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Scroll down to the main menu featuring five items:
  1. Student Inventors – Read comics featuring the biographies of student inventors, explore the student inventors and their inventions in the “Gallery for America’s Young Inventors”, and find out how you can submit an invention and be inducted to the hall of fame.
  2. Invention Competitions – Students can participate in competitions, awards, scholarships, and more. Check out the BubbleWrap competition, the Rubber Band Contest, Student Ideas for a Better America, and more.
  3. Science Activities – Check out this fantastic database of online activities that help kids learn how to design and build inventions, problem-solve, think scientifically, and use physics to develop their inventions. All of these lessons and experiments link to websites with terrific content for students of all ages and abilities. Who needs textbooks? This is a science curriculum all by itself.
  4. Inventors and Inventions – Explore this archive of famous and not-so-famous inventors from around the world (including African-American and women inventors). Check out the U.S. Patent Office for kids. Get a short list of museums featuring weird and wonderful inventions.
  5. Resources for Teachers – Get FREE invention curriculum, lesson plans, printables for your students, invention graphic organizers, recommended books, and more!

Bookmark this website – your young inventors will want to return often!

Math Through Worldometers & More!

November 17th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, November 17, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Worldometers

 

Age Range: 5-105 (Grades K-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides world statistics updated in real time that is simply astonishing to see. There isn’t much to do at the site except watch the numbers change instantaneously. However, the more time you spend looking at the data, the more questions you ask, and the more things you learn! This is a veritable springboard to learning through addition.
When you get to the site you’ll see numbers flashing before you that represent the statistics on a variety of topics that include:
  • World Population – Watch the numbers advance on births, deaths, and the net population growth today.
  • Government & Economics – Watch the mind-boggling figures increase on expenditures in healthcare, education, and the military. Discover the number of cars, bicycles, and computers produced or sold this year.
  • Society & Media – Find out the number of book titles published, newspapers circulated, TVs and cellular phones sold, money spent on video games, and how many emails and blog posts are sent/made in a day.
  • Environment – Learn how many forests were lost, how many tons of carbon dioxide were emitted this year, or the species that have gone extinct and more.
  • Food – See the amount of food produced this year, the number of undernourished people in the world, number of overweight people, money spent on weight loss programs, etc.
  • Water – See how many people have no access to safe drinking water.
  • Energy – Discover the energy used in a day from renewable and non-renewable sources. See the number of days to the end of oil, gas, and coal.
  • Health – Get information about traffic fatalities, world spending on illegal drugs, number of cigarettes smoked today, deaths caused by malaria, cancer, AIDS, communicable diseases, etc.

If this doesn’t result in educational questions and discussions – I don’t know what will. Plus, it shows kids the practical use of math in the real world.

Don’t miss the “Foreign Language” component – you can view all of these statistics in languages from Arabic to Ukranian.

Free Home School Art Lessons

November 15th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 15, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HomeSchoolArts

 

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site is devoted to providing free art lessons in many mediums to homeschoolers. To get directly to the art lessons simply click on the medium you want to use on the menu that is located on the left side of your screen.
You can choose to have art lessons using:
  • pencil
  • pen & ink
  • color pencil

Other mediums such as Watercolor, Pastel, and Acrylic do not yet provide lessons, but have links to recommended art books. The Oil medium provides a link to another website for lessons.

Click on the medium, then select a lesson. Lessons provide an introduction to the medium along with a list of supplies and materials you should have on hand prior to beginning the lesson. Then, follow the links and click your way through the lesson. The lesson instructions are easy to follow with diagrams, illustrations, and pictures to demonstrate method and technique.

Older students 12 and up should be able to follow the instructions without assistance. Younger students may need some help from Mom or Dad. The site also offers a special section of art activities for kids in K-6.

Parents should probably preview the lessons and assemble the materials needed prior to introducing the lessons to students. Nothing is worse than getting excited about learning art – only to discover you don’t have the materials needed. Plan ahead and your students will learn a lot – and have fun too!

UCLA Medical Center Virtual Tours

November 14th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, November 14, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

UCLA Medical Center

 

Age Range: 5-Adult (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Hospitals can be scary places especially for young children. These virtual tours of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica may help prepare children for what to expect in the event that they someday need to visit a hospital.
When arriving at the link above, select which tour you would like to view and a window will open. When viewing the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center tour, touch and drag to move around the 360° image or allow the program to take you around. You may turn the auto rotate feature on or off by selecting the gear icon in the upper left of the screen. You may navigate through the slides by selecting the icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Click the “I” in the upper right for information about the slide you are viewing. Locations include:
  • Front Exterior
  • Main Lobby
  • Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
  • Garden of Peace
  • Nursing Station
  • ICU
  • Typical Patient Room/Maternity
  • Labor & Delivery
  • An Operating Room
  • Maddie’s Room
  • Pediatrics Room
  • Child Life Playroom
  • Child Life Teenroom

The UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica tour is accompanied by an audio guide which also can be turned on or off by selecting the gear icon in the upper left. You may also touch and drag to move around the 360° image. In the images there are blue U’s that are linked to videos, image galleries, and other information text and pages. Available tour locations include:

  • Main Entrance
  • Harman Garden Plaza
  • Lobby
  • Emergency Room
  • Adult Patient Room
  • Pediatrics Patient Room
  • Pediatrics Playroom
  • Orthopaedic Institute
  • The BirthPlace – LDR (Labor, Delivery & Recovery)
  • The BirthPlace – Postpartum Room
  • ICU
  • Nurses Station
  • Operating Room

These easy to navigate tours give visitors a general idea of what a hospital might look like and perhaps make the thought of visiting one in life a little less frightening for youngsters.

Narratives and Timelines for History

November 13th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, November 13, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Historyworld

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, written by Bamber Gascoigne from the United Kingdom, provides about 300 interactive world history narratives and over 10,000 events in searchable timelines. The narratives present information in a concise manner and contain in-text links to other topics. The timelines allow visitors to easily search for specific events relating to a topic during a specific time.
When you arrive at the website use the menu at the top to select whether you want to read “Histories”, explore “Timelines”, take a “Quiz”, or select “More . . .” to choose:
  • Encyclopedia of Britain – Browse over 5000 entries on the history, culture, and life of Britain
  • Wellcome History of Medicine – Discover the history of medicine from the world’s largest medical charity
  • Places in History – Global – Explore the global-plotted Google Maps and see what events happened where
  • Places in History – Local – Examine this ongoing project using Google Maps to find exact positions of historical sites
When arriving at the “Histories” page, you can search alphabetically for historical topics across the globe from Aegean Civilization to Zoroastrianism. Some narrations include images and the in-text links give visitors the opportunity to build on their understanding of events, people, and concepts.
After selecting “Timelines” from the menu, you are able to enter a specific topic and/or year into the search engine. Use the “Historyworld Timelines” text link under the search box to be taken to the “Single-Subject Timelines” page for a list of pre-set timelines. Timeline entries have clickable icons on either side of them that when selected open to Google search engine pages for relevant topics, associated images, related entries from Historyworld, links to other timelines, or Google maps.
There are currently two quizzes available to take:
  • Quiz – Take this timed quiz to test yourself on your historical knowledge
  • ThenWhatNext – Challenge yourself to put people or events in the correct order.

This ad-supported website provides a great overview of history around the world without a lot of distracting bells and whistles.

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