Video of the Birth of Hummingbirds

June 14th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, June 14, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Birth of the Hummingbirds

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHo2Ch_SPboa)

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

 

This YouTube video provides a stunning video, set to the music of Mozart, of the birth of two hummingbirds.

You can watch the mother building the nest, see the eggs hatch, and get a unique view of how the mother bird feeds her young and prepares them for independence. The video is approximately 8 minutes in length. 

Some interesting facts: a hummingbird egg is very small – like the size of a small jelly bean or pea. And the nest opening is only about the size of a large walnut, ping pong ball or golf ball.

And here are some amazing pictures of Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds from the Bird Photo Gallery of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

TV SchoolHouse – Social Sciences & More!

June 13th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, June 13, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TV SchoolHouse

(tvschoolhouse.com/)

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

 

This website offers free, old-time, educational movies for a variety of subjects including social studies and geography!

The creator of this website, Chris Grahl, tried to cover as many of the subject areas he could find videos for. He used old educational films – some are highly informative, while others are just funny. Many fall somewhere in the middle. Most of these movies were made between 1940-1960. You can access them for free on a variety of subjects including: 

  • The Arts
  • Science
  • Home Economics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Geography
  • Health, Safety & Careers
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Teacher’s Lounge

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of choices. Click on a film title and a new screen opens where you can watch the film. Note: You must click on the screenshot to start the movie. 

You’ll be treated to an entertaining educational extravaganza. Watch these with your kids because they will result in lots of laughs, great discussions, and engaging learning opportunities.

A Free Rhyme Generator!

June 12th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, June 12, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Write Rhymes

(http://www.writerhymes.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

For those who are learning how to write poetry or limericks this is a terrific tool to have handy. You just type in a word and in seconds you’re provided with a list of words that rhyme with it!

When you get to the site simply type in the word you want to rhyme, hold down the “alt” key on your keyboard, and use your mouse to click on the word you just typed. A list of rhyming words (with from one to multiple syllables) appears on the right side of the screen.

The only drawback is that the rhyming words that are generated appear in white font making them difficult to see. Use your mouse to highlight the words in order to get a better view.

YouTube Zoo and Much More!

June 11th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, June 11, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lil’ Fingers: YouTube Zoo

(www.lil-fingers.com/games/zoo/index.php)

Age Range: 3 and up (Grades PreK and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Designed by a computer usability professional, Lil’ Fingers is a friendly website for the littlest computer users with free animated and narrated storybooks, interactive educational games, coloring pages – and a terrific archive of over 100 animal videos in their YouTube Zoo! 

This site was designed with young children in mind, but the animal videos can be enjoyed by folks of all ages. When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of “Animal Zones” including: 

  • African Region – See lions, eagles, hyenas, and more.
  • Asia Adventure – View bears, hornbills, monkeys, and porcupines.
  • Polar – Check out penguins, polar bears, reindeer, and a walrus.
  • Elephant Jungle – Watch camels, capybaras, elephants, guanacos, etc.
  • Forest Fun – Observe birds, owls, okapis, river otters, etc.
  • Outback – Watch koalas, kangaroos, a monitor lizard and more!

As explained at the website, “All videos have been reviewed to not include animals mating, killing or bodily functions.” Plus, because you watch the videos on this website, you don’t have to be concerned about shielding your kids’ eyes from inappropriate comments that are sometimes posted by random visitors on the YouTube site. Some of the videos are no longer available but there are so many animals to choose from you’ll be sure to find something you’re interested in.

When you’re through watching videos, be sure to use the vertical menu on the left side of the screen to access the animated and narrated storybooks, play interactive computer games that teach as they entertain, and print out coloring pages that include the alphabet, numbers, shapes, animals, events, and much more!

This is an ad-supported website. Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use.

Fraction Tutorials, Interactives, & Worksheets

June 10th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, June 10, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Visual Fractions

(http://www.visualfractions.com/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-9 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free visual pictures, images, graphs, and animations of fractions and operations with fractions, to make them easier to understand and fun to practice.

Through the use of interactive exercises and visual aids (like number lines and circle graphs), students can learn how to: 

  • Identify fractions
  • Rename fractions
  • Compare fractions
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions

The concepts are demonstrated through the visual images and explained in text format. Then, the student can practice their understanding with an interactive drill session. 

Click on any topic from the menu in the middle of the home page and a new page opens with instructions for how to use the animations, graphs, and number lines to learn the fraction concept. In most instances you are shown a visual image and asked to type in the corresponding fraction.

Back on the main page, under “Special Features” you can access the “Fractions Games Page” to enhance learning. Don’t miss the free, printable “Fractions Worksheets” that really demonstrate operations with fractions in an engaging way.

Parents may want to read the “About” page for tips on how to use the site effectively.

This is a really simple and easy to use resource that will improve students’ skills in understanding fractions and their operations.

Free Drawing & Painting Lessons & Video Tutorials

June 8th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, June 8, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Will Kemp Art School

(willkempartschool.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free art lessons and video tutorials on how to draw and paint.

The artist, Will Kemp (read his bio at the website), provides free articles (blog posts) on every aspect of drawing and painting including instructions illustrated with terrific photographs. There are a variety of free video tutorials on how to paint with acrylic paint, too.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the current blog post. Since the artist (who lives in the United Kingdom) has been blogging for a while, it is helpful to use the horizontal menu at the top of the page and click on “New? Start Here.” The artist clearly explains how to navigate this site and access lessons for expressing and improving your artistic potential in the simplest and quickest way possible.

From the menu, you can access the articles with lessons and tips by topic including: 

  • Acrylics
  • Oils
  • Drawing
  • Free Videos

You’ll also see “Shop Courses” on the menu where Kemp offers video art courses for a fee. But you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the archive of free instructions, tips, information, and artistic insight.

Visit a Hand-Mixed Glass Factory

June 7th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, June 7, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kokomo Glass Factory

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMmv8ZpXsI8)

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

 

Discover the artistry of hand-mixed sheet and colored glass made at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass company, in Kokomo, Indiana by watching this YouTube video.

This video gives the history of the Kokomo Glass Factory. You’ll see how the stained glass sheets are made as well. To see some of the products the Kokomo factory makes, head on over to their website where you can view their image galleries: 

  • Blown Rondel Being Made
  • Rondel Gallery
  • Bullseye Panes
  • Dalle De Verre Gallery
  • Laminate Glass Gallery

There are some beautiful pieces of glass work here! And if you are lucky enough to live near Kokomo, Indiana, you can take a tour in person and witness the artistry of glass making for yourself.

Have Fun Tracking Money

June 6th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, June 6, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Where’s George

(www.wheresgeorge.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a way to track a U.S. dollar bill to see where it’s been – what a great way to tie in social studies with math! We were required to register (free) in order to access the site.

Once you’re there, just enter the denomination, series, and serial number of any U.S. dollar bill, along with your current U.S. zip code in the form on the homepage.

A “Bill Tracker Report” will be generated explaining where your bill has been, how far it has traveled, how long it’s been in circulation, and you can even read comments from people explaining where they got the bill before using it or passing it along to someone else.

But that’s not all! Using the “Tools/Fun” item on the menu at the top of the page, click on “Cool Links About Money.” A new page opens with links to the BEST MONEY WEBSITES where you can learn all about the history of U.S. currency, design features, and even security measures to deter counterfeiting. You’ll also find links where you can track bills from various countries in Europe, as well as currency from India, Africa, China, Japan, and New Zealand.

If you are from Canada, be sure to check out Where’s Willy” to track Canadian currency! (By the way, for those who don’t know, “Willy” refers to Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the first French Canadian Prime Minister.)

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 5th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, June 5, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

(languagearts.pppst.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes: 

  • Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
  • Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, etc.
  • Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
  • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
  • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
  • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
  • Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.
  • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. See for yourself using the menu on the left.

This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

Mendel’s Pea Experiment

June 4th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, June 4, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pea Soup

(www.sonic.net/~nbs/projects/anthro201/)

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

 

This very simple website provides the biography of Johann Gregor Mendel, who, through experimentation with developing new color variations in flowers discovered hybridization.

When you get to the site, use the menu to read Mendel’s biography. Then, learn about his experiments that led to the birth of genetics.

Next, try the “Interactive Pea Experiment” and breed your own virtual hybrid pea plants!

This is a short and easy scientific exercise, that provides a great springboard to further learning and exploration.

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