Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Reading Lists for Homeschoolers!

August 24th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, August 24, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

iHomeschool Network/Reading Lists

(ihomeschoolnetwork.com/homeschool-reading-lists/)

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

 

Just in time for back to school! Here is a resource you’ll love. The iHomeschool Network has earned our praise for developing the reading list of all reading lists! They explain: 

Sometimes it’s difficult to sort through all of the massive amounts of information to discover what is truly useful to our homeschooling children or our own selves. With so many resources available both online and in everyday chatter among homeschooling families, internet searches, Pinterest and chat groups it can be hard to narrow down to what works versus what doesn’t. That’s why we wanted to bring you our favorite reading lists for homeschoolers.

They have gathered their top reading lists and sorted them by relevant categories and organized them alphabetically! When you visit the website, scroll down through the various categories to locate a myriad of reading lists. Choose from: 

  • Reading Lists for Homeschool How-to, Resources, and Advice
  • Homeschool Educational Methods
  • Reading List by Age Groups:
    • Early Childhood
    • Babies & Toddlers
    • Preschool – Kindergarten
    • Elementary School (1st Grade – 4th Grade)
    • Middle School (5th Grade – 8th Grade)
    • High School (9th Grade – Graduation)
  • Reading Lists by Subjects
  • Classics
  • Favorites/Topical
  • And Many More!

Bookmark this page and return often. You’ll find yourself falling in love with reading all over again while you share the love with your children!

Be A Reporter – Interactive Journalism Game

August 10th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, August 10, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

News University – Be A Reporter Game

(www.newsu.org/courses/be-reporter-game)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, fun, multi-media interactive game called “The Be a Reporter Game” that transforms students into virtual reporters. (While the game is free, you must register to play.) Sponsored by the Poynter Institute and Knight Foundation, this site offers over 65 journalism training courses (some that are free, others that are available for a fee) on writing and reporting, multimedia storytelling, ethics and values in journalism and much more. Professional journalists use this site for continuing education in their field.

To play the game, click on Enroll Now to register for free as a user and complete the registration. Then enroll in the course, “Be A Reporter Game” and read the course description. As a virtual reporter, you’ll interact with video clips of characters crucial to the story you are investigating. You’ll also have to do some research at the game’s public records department. You’ll hear from your no-nonsense editor too – who will try to whip you into shape as an investigative journalist as you race to file your story before the deadline. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll learn quite a bit along the way.

When you’re through playing the game, browse the menu of courses – there’s also a “Be An Editor Game.” Again, you’ll find both paid and free courses relating to journalism including Self-Directed Courses, Group Seminars, Master Classes, Certificate Programs and Webinars.

Where Science Meets Fiction

August 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, August 3, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TechNovelgy – Where Science Meets Fiction

(technovelgy.com/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision – see note below).

 

This website offers a free archive that enables you to explore the inventions and predictions of science fiction writers that have come true or are coming true in today’s world. There are over 2,000 different inventions archived that were first introduced through the imaginations of science fiction writers.

When you get to the site you can explore the featured items on the home page, or use the menu at the top of the page to search by Glossary, Author, Book, or Timeline. Once you find a topic that interests you, click on it and a new page opens. That page may contain some or all of the following: 

  • A blurb from the novel mentioning the invention or idea
  • Commentary about the idea including comparisons and similarities to other sci-fi technology mentioned in other novels, television shows, and movies
  • Links to science articles that discuss the current development of these inventions and ideas in today’s world
  • Links to real-world video demonstrations of the inventions
  • Links to websites with further information.

If this doesn’t generate interest in reading a sci-fi novel, we don’t know what will. It will also springboard students to want to learn more about science and technology.

NOTE: We only reviewed a sampling of what’s available at this website, so AS ALWAYS, parents should preview and supervise their children’s exploration – not only to determine the suitability of content on the Technovelgy website, but because the links take you to other websites that we have not reviewed. 

One more piece of advice: Read the FAQs (see link at the bottom of the homepage). We found them to be helpful and we think you will too.

Language Arts Games and Activities

July 27th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, July 27, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StoryIt.com

(www.storyit.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free Language Arts games, story starters, printable writing worksheets and other activities to encourage kids to read and write.

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured resources in the middle of the page or use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore topics such as: 

  • Literature – Read some children’s literature selections online including The Ugly Duckling, Aesop’s Fables, Mother Goose nursery rhymes, and children’s poetry.
  • Starters – Print out worksheets with pictures and sentences that spark a student’s imagination so they can write a story.
  • Sight Words – Play interactive games for phonics reinforcement and sentence building exercises. Try non-violent hangman games to practice spelling and Dolch sight words. Improve vocabulary by making words with interactive letter tiles.
  • Write Ons – Print lined writing sheets that are in the shape of critters, flowers, vegetables, seasonal and holiday objects, and more. Can be used for a wide variety of writing projects.
  • Coloring – Print out and color classic rhymes such as, Little Miss Muffet, Jack Be Nimble, Little Robin Redbreast, and more.

There are lots of resources here to enhance any language arts curriculum, hobby, or interest. 

English Games, Activities, & Worksheets

July 20th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, July 20, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunEnglishGames.com

(www.funenglishgames.com/)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers free English language games, activities, worksheets, quizzes and more! Designed for classroom and ESL teachers, you’ll find learning activities and resources that can easily be used for home learning.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a brief introduction and some highlighted features. Use the menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • Games – Play interactive games that help kids learn and improve upon reading, writing (including debate!), grammar, vocabulary, and spelling skills.
  • Activities – Enjoy a line-up of fun online language arts games based on familiar board games and television game shows.
  • Worksheets – Get printable worksheets and activity pages that reinforce language arts skills.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge on grammar, parts of speech, spelling, and more.
  • You’ll also find videos that include songs, nursery rhymes, and short instructional clips for learning English.

Because this website contains randomly generated advertisements, parents (as always) should preview the site and supervise all Internet activity.

Fun with Children’s Author/Illustrator Family

July 13th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, July 13, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Audrey Wood Clubhouse

(www.audreywood.com/)

Age Range: 5-Adult (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This is a terrific site for parents and children who are fans of the children’s authors and illustrators, Audrey Wood and Don Wood (their books include The Napping House, Elbert’s Bad Word, Weird Parents, and so many more), and their son Bruce Wood who is also a book author and illustrator.

When you get to the site, use the menu to explore: 

  • Audrey Wood – Read her biography, see her picture, find out some of her writing secrets.
  • Don Wood – Read his biography, see photos, and gain some insight about his illustrations.
  • Bruce Wood – Read his bio, see photos, and more.
  • All Wood Books – See a menu of all of the books authored and illustrated by the Wood family.
  • Activities – Find fun activities based on the books and lots of printable coloring pages.
  • Secrets – Get the inside scoop on what inspired the stories and artwork.
  • Parent & Teachers – Get reading suggestions from the author on her best books for boys, girls, and for dealing with particular problems; read hints for writing, illustrating and publishing children’s books; read the FAQ’s, and check out the links to other sites.

This site is really interesting and fun to explore – especially because of the family aspect of the lives and work of Audrey, Don, and Bruce Wood.

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