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It’s National Library Week!

April 16th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)


April 13 – 19 is National Library week! The Public Library offers a lot of opportunities for its members. You can read books for free (there is only a charge if books are returned late, not returned at all, or returned with substantial damage). They also offer books on tape, books on CD, large print books, downloadable audio books and even DVDs and videos with closed captioning. There is a virtual plethora of information on just about any subject that you can imagine with resources for every age group. They have help and resources for parents and caregivers and typically offer tremendous children’s programs. Everything from preschooler’s story time, author events and Summer Reading programs for all ages to homework help and study and research groups can be found. In addition, your public library typically hosts community events like charity drives and classes such as computer, crafts and literature and much, more; all for free or very reasonable fees. The library usually will have meeting rooms available for use and will host a number of programs and meetings for private and public companies that are offered for free and are open to the public.


This week, Education World provides five lessons that focus on library skills. Take advantage of these free activities to help your readers excel in the library:


Mapping the Library – Help students compare your school library with another library (a virtual library Web site is provided as one possibility). Use those observations to create a map of your school library that can serve as a guide for others. (Grades Pre-K-5)


Huey and Louie Meet Dewey - Exercise library organization skills using a worksheet that invites students to come to the aid of two rambunctious students in the school library. (Grades 3-8)


Save the Library! – Students learn about the many resources a library offers, then write an essay to help save the library from budget cuts or, worse yet, closure! (Grades 3-8)


Alphabetize for a Reason – Show students how to organize information by using the alphabet. (Grades K-5)


Library Scavenger Hunt – Introduce students to library resources and research. (Grades 6-12)


Education World is a massive and amazing website for educators – with all kinds of Internet based lesson plans and activities themed around specific subjects and holidays. Just go to the site, type a topic into the search engine, and you will be rewarded with many links to websites that provide information, resources, lessons, curriculum, activities – everything your teaching heart could desire. We’ve featured pages within the Ed World site before at ClickSchoolingYou can create a complete unit study with the resources provided at the site, or just try a few of the suggested activities.


This ad supported website does a great job of making free, internet-based curriculum and educational resources available to teachers and parent-educators and National Library Week is just one of many thousands of topics offered at the site. Because the site is so large and because web addresses change so quickly you will occasionally find dead links but overall it is well-maintained. Bookmark it – you’ll want to return here often.

Teach middle school language arts in an hour a day!

April 9th, 2014

Analytical Grammar

Calendar of Children’s Books

April 9th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, April 9, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website: – Calendar of Children’s Books


Age Range: All (children with parental supervision) is an ad supported website that was founded in 1996. First called The Mining Company, they slowly transformed into
They say they have nearly 1,000 Experts that write for and are one of the most visited sites on the Internet with over 25% of the U.S. visiting each month. They help users discover, be inspired, and learn about topics ranging from parenting and healthcare to cooking and travel.
The Calendar of Children’s Books is a treasure trove of resources available to help support students reading at any level all brought together in one convenient location. When you arrive on the monthly calendar page you’ll see the list of monthly reading themes. These themes are based on the seasons, various cultural and government named holidays and recognized social causes, sometimes a famous person or an author’s birthday, and so on. Scrolling down the page you’ll find some general reading help for each theme and recommended reading. Then the calendar for the month will outline in chronological order; any notable date or historical event or famous person’s birthday – anything that might give you a reason to pull out a book and read!

As a bonus, across the top of the page is a menu directing you to age appropriate help for parents of children ages 0 – 3, 4 – 8 and 9 – teens designed to help raise readers. There are articles and book recommendations for new and prospective parents, help for transitioning from picture to chapter books, resources for reluctant readers, and even recommended reading lists.

To give you a little taste of what awaits you at this wonderful website, here is a little clip of the April 2014 calendar.

Here are some books and tips to help you raise a reader who is enthusiastic about books. Learn about the importance of reading aloud to your child at every age, the value of audiobooks, and resources for locating exceptional books for elementary and middle school students.

Bookmark this calendar and come often. This is a great resource to visit for tips and ideas to keep your readers reading!

April is National Poetry Month

April 2nd, 2014


It’s Wednesday, April 2, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up, with parental supervision)


At this website, you’ll find 30 free ways to celebrate “National Poetry Month” that runs from April 1st through April 30th.

When you get to the site you’ll see the list of thirty suggestions that include:

  • Read a book of poetry
  • Memorize a poem
  • Put poetry in an unexpected place
  • Take a poem out to lunch
  • Put a poem on the pavement
  • Start a notebook on poets
  • Collect poet postage stamps

Click on any one and a new page opens with greater detail and links to resources to help you implement the suggestions. And that’s just the beginning of what you’ll find at this site. Use the menu to explore:

*Poets & Poetry – Use the search engine to look up a favorite poem or poet. In many cases you can listen to audio clips of poets reading their own poetry.
*Poetry Near You – Find local poetry events near you, and even some virtual poetry readings online.
*For Educators – Get tips for teaching poetry along with free poetry curriculum and lesson plans. Don’t miss “Great Poems to Teach” that contains a list of popular poems with links to audio files so you can listen to the poem being read aloud.

Learning Vocabulary Fun

March 19th, 2014


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


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Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12 with parental supervision – non-readers will need assistance)


This website provides 1,000 free English vocabulary building interactive games to help build vocabulary skills.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the most popular games including:
  • Word Search
  • Word Scramble
  • Hang Mouse (like Hangman)
  • Match Games
  • Letter Blocks
  • Crossword
  • SAT Vocabulary

Click on any one and a new page opens with instructions. Some games allow you to set a difficulty level as well.

Below the game menu on the home page you can find an explanation of how these games help develop vocabulary. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to find links to resources for vocabulary development (most are available for a fee).

World Read Aloud Day!

March 5th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, March 5, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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


Today is World Read Aloud Day! Developing a love for reading within your children could be as easy as reading aloud to them regularly!
When you read aloud you show your children that YOU feel that reading is an important part of your life. Taking the time to discuss the text or problem solve the character’s current dilemma or even guessing the end to a good book can help to strengthen their ability to concentrate for a period of time, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves clearly. When we continue the practice of reading aloud past the early years to our children we see their vocabulary, language, grammar and writing skills prosper. Children can become aware of other places and other lives through the books we read to them. The benefits are enormous – reading aloud creates life-long readers.

We located a wonderful list of recommended titles for reading aloud. It should be noted that even though there is a lot of good information here the purpose of this website is to sell books, though you are not required to purchase any. You can check out these titles at any library and still use them in the ways suggested.

When you get to this ad supported website, you’ll find an interesting article about reading aloud with older children. The article is written to classroom teachers and discusses the beginning of the school year but all of the information contained here is easily adapted to homeschoolers. Once you get past the article you’ll see a list of read aloud titles in order of age. Each title comes with a short synopsis of the book and springboard ideas to other reading selections. Some titles also have a list of more classroom activities – these are typically listed by age group. One of the things we like best about this list is that the author takes time to help the “instructor” (in this case, we, parents) to understand how and when to progress to more complex books.

Don’t stop on the Read Aloud page though. Book mark this site and come back often to use the many free resources for teaching children, preschool through middle school, across the curriculum.