Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Free Classic Audiobooks

February 6th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, February 6, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Classic Audiobooks

(freeclassicaudiobooks.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free classic audiobooks that you can download and listen to in MP3 or M4B format.

Some of the titles include: 

  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • Treasure Island by R. L. Stevenson
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • Emma by Jane Austin
  • and more!

Click on the format and a new page opens with a summary of the book, and links to download the material. Depending on the size of the file it may take several minutes to download. There are no pictures or text – just narration. So, if you have one of these classic books, you may want to use it and follow along as the narrator reads the story. You can also search by Author Name to find another book not on the “Most Popular Download” list.

Get ready for World Read Aloud Day!

January 30th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BooksInTheClassroom.com

(www.carolhurst.com/profsubjects/reading/readingaloud.html)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K – 9, with parental supervision)

 

Friday, February 1, 2019, 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 to students. 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. On the left sidebar you’ll see a list of read-aloud titles categorized by curriculum area and grade. Each title comes with a short synopsis of the book and springboard ideas to other reading selections. 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. Bookmark this site and come back often to use the many free resources for teaching children, preschool through middle school, across the curriculum.

Free Spelling Course

January 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 23, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cozy Grammar – Free Spelling Course

(www.cozygrammar.com/course-descriptions/#spelling-description)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website that sells Language Arts curriculum packages developed by a long-time classroom teacher, offers a free, thirty-six week spelling course appropriate for the 7th grade level.

When you get to the site, sign up to enroll and review “How This Course Works” for directions and tips on the best way to tackle the course that includes: 

  • Pre-Test
  • Exercises
  • Dictation Sentences
  • Final Test

The lessons cover: 

  • Plural Nouns
  • Suffixes
  • Prefixes
  • Doubling The Final Consonant
  • Possessive Forms
  • Contractions
  • Capitals
  • Letters and Syllables
  • Special Words (i.e., Compound Words, Root Words, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms)

You’ll also find a list of “Spelling Rules” that may be handy to print out and have around the house.

Fun Ways to Practice Spelling

January 16th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AAASpell.com

(www.aaaspell.com/)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, students can study and practice their spelling and vocabulary lists in a variety of fun ways without having to wait for mom to be available. 

Quickly select from the many prepared lists based on the classic McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book, by W. H. McGuffey and use in your lesson planning. You can construct your own lists but when you create a free account you can save and edit your lists and then select them later as needed. 

To start right away, scroll down to “3. Practice AAASpell.com Spelling Lists” on the home page. Click on the link and then choose your grade, then a lesson, then “Click here to practice…” Some of the self-correcting activities that can be utilized are: 

  • Hear and Spell: Listen to the word and then spell it. (Note that only words with available audio will be used for Hear and Spell. Words available with audio are indicated on the sidebar after creating your new list.)
  • Missing Letters: Spell the word correctly by adding one or two letters.
  • Spell the word: The word is shown and the student copies it.
  • Guess the Letters: Find the word by guessing letters.
  • Scrambled Letters: Spell the word correctly by unscrambling the letters.
  • And several other study methods to keep the learning fresh.

Instant feedback is given. If the student answers incorrectly, the correct answer is displayed, reinforcing spelling and vocabulary skills.

Whether practicing spelling lists, exploring new vocabulary, or learning alphabetical order, this website is an excellent addition to your education toolbox.

Holiday Language Arts and Free Audiobooks

December 19th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, December 19, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Holiday Zone

(www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/christmas-language.html)

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

 

At this website you’ll find an ingenious list of Christmas-themed activities that will stimulate reading, writing, story-telling, and vocabulary development.

You’ll also find suggestions for creating acrostic poems and playing some language arts games. Some of the ideas are better suited to a classroom environment – but many can be tweaked for homeschooling. 

When you are done playing the games at this site, go on over to LibriVox, where you can read/listen to free Christmas audiobooks. LibriVox is an organization that gathers volunteers to record literature in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. At the website you can access holiday-themed stories. Not only can you download the MP3s and listen to the stories, most contain links to the full text so you can read along – all for free! Here are some titles: 

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nick) by Clement C. Moore

Language Arts Activities with The Polar Express

December 12th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, December 12, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Polar Express

(polarexpress.com/schools-libraries)

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

 

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. This timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.


When you get to the site, you’ll find a link to download an extensive discussion guide and a list of additional curriculum connections: 

  • Creative Writing/Language Arts – Brainstorm winter words; ask children to imagine their own magical midnight train ride and write about it, list all of the adjectives, then verbs, then nouns.
  • Read-Aloud – Have a Polar Express Party! Click the link to download a complete party kit.
  • Science/Geography – Find the North Pole on a globe or map, and write a short report on its characteristics.
  • Topics for Further Research – Polar ice cap, Northern lights, reindeer
  • And more!

When you think you’ve done everything you can, find the link to “More Games & Fun” to access activities, games and recipes.

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