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YouTube Zoo and Much More!

June 4th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, June 4, 2011 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Lil’ Fingers: You Tube Zoo

Age Range: 2-6 (Designed with young children in mind, but folks of all ages will enjoy the animal videos.)

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!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of “Animal Zones” including:

*African Region – See eagles, hyenas, meerkats and more.

*Elephant Jungle – Watch camels, capybaras, elephants, guanacos, etc.

*Asia Adventure – View monkeys, hornbills, bears, and porcupines.

*Forest Fun – Observe birds, owls, okapis, otters, etc.

*Polar – Check out penguins, polar bears, reindeer, and a walrus.

*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.

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.

Free Dot-to-Dot, Maze, & Writing Worksheets

April 16th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 16, 2011 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range:  3-7 (older children may enjoy some of these activities too)

This website was recommended by Brett Walter of the It’s a database of free printable worksheets with fun activities for small motor development, artistic expression, learning writing skills, and more.

When you get to the website, you’ll see an image menu of some featured worksheets.  Click on any one and a new page opens where you can print out the worksheet to do offline.

Use the vertical menu on the left side of the pages to access all of the content at this site including:

*Pre-Writing – Print out worksheets of Mazes, Dot-to-Dot, Drawing, and Coloring activities.

*Writing – Practice uppercase, lowercase, and titlecase writing.

*Numbers – Practice writing numerals and do counting activities.

*Concepts – Look for objects that start with a specific letter, learn concepts such as inside and outside, play matching games.

*Papercraft – Get printable templates for cutting and folding paper animals and more!

This free site is sponsored by that sells reusable sticker kits, paper craft kits, software and more.  


Music Theory Lessons & Activities

February 12th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, February 12, 2011 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 6 and up (with parental guidance; non-readers will need assistance)

At this deceptively simple site you can learn music theory and more for free!  If you have a passion for music or just want to get the hang of it, you’ll enjoy the activities, many of which contain audio clips to enhance learning.

When you get to the site you will see tabs for “Lessons,” “Exercises,” and “Tools.”  Choose the “Exercises” tab to jump right to the activities and quizzes where you can learn and/or test your knowledge about:

  • Notes
  • Key Signatures
  • Generic & Specific Intervals
  • Chords
  • The Keyboard
  • The Fretboard
  • Interval, Scale, & Chord Ear Training

Each exercise can be set to the most basic level or customized to your preferred level.  Take the quizzes to test what you know. For example, try and identify the scales by ear.  If you get too many wrong answers on the quizzes, you can go to the lessons and study to learn more. Then try the quizzes again.

Music students of all ages will enjoy the “Tools” section that lets you create music pieces and then run an analysis to tell you what you have done.  Fun stuff!



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Virtual Tour of Birth Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15th, 2011


Hi!  It’s Saturday, January 15, 2011 and time for a Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
National Parks Service: MLK Birth Home Tour

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on this day in 1929. King was an African-American minister who led massive, peaceful demonstrations leading to the passage of the Civil Rights Act ending racial discrimination in the U.S. in 1964. He was named Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

At this website provided by the U.S. National Parks Service, you can take a free virtual tour of the home where Martin Luther King was born.

When you get to the website you’ll see a map of the home.  Click on any room and a photograph will appear in the screen, along with text that describes what you are seeing and provides some historical background. Use your mouse to look around the room, or use the controls to zoom in and out.

Monday is a national holiday in honor of Dr. King’s birthday. There will be no ClickSchooling messages on Monday.  Messages will resume on Tuesday, January 18th.

Performing Arts with Bob Hope

November 6th, 2010

Hi! It’s Saturday, November 6, 2010 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Library of Congress: Bob Hope and American Variety

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately)

The Library of Congress offer this free online presentation of the life of entertainer Bob Hope and the history of American Variety entertainment including Vaudeville, Radio, Movies, Television, and more.

Using photographs, illustrations, and text this exhibit provides a biography of Hope’s career that provides fascinating historical information about the performing arts as well.

When you get to the website use the menu located under the title, “EXHIBITION SECTIONS” that includes:

*Early Life – Find out where Bob Hope was born, his real name, and how he got his start in show business.

*Vaudeville – Discover Hope’s journey through vaudeville and get some terrific insight about what made this artform so popular.

*Motion Pictures – Learn about the country’s transition to film making and the role of Hope’s series of “Road” pictures from 1940-1962 with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour.

*Joke File – Explore Hope’s theft-proof joke vault with more than 85,00 pages of  bits, sketches, and jokes created by his team of comedy writers.

*On The Road: USO Shows – Read about Hope’s 50-years of performing variety shows for U.S. troops.

This interesting exhibition about Hope’s life provides keen insight into American history, culture, life, and values.  It may springboard interest in watching some of Hope’s films that the whole family may find entertaining. You can rent DVDs of Hope’s “Road” pictures such as Road to Singapore and Road to Rio.  Your public library may have them as well.

Autumn-Themed Arts & Crafts

October 9th, 2010

Hi! It’s Saturday, October 9, 2010 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
DLTK’s Autumn Crafts & Activities

Age Range: 4-14 (with parental supervision)

DLTK is an ad-supported website that offers an amazing array of free art and craft projects for kids and their families. They have a great selection of free, simple and fun Fall crafts and activities that I thought many of you would enjoy including:

*Coloring Pages – Print out and color fall-themed coloring pages.

*Crafts – Get instructions for making things with autumn leaves and trees. Make a scarecrow or wreath.
*Games and Puzzles – Print out fall-themed hangman, tic-tac-toe, wordsearch, word scrambles, crossword puzzles, mazes, and much more.
*Leaf Collectors Album – Print out templates to create your very own fun and educational “Leaf Collection” album!
*Poems and Songs – Enjoy a selection of autumn-themed fables, rhymes, poems, and songs that include a printable craft or coloring suggestion to go along with it!
When you’re through with the autumn-themed resources, poke around the site to discover all kinds of ways to enhance learning through fun creative arts activities.