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Free Listen and Read books

February 15th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: Listen and Read

(teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/index.htm)

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

 

This resource from Scholastic is where you can enjoy 15 non-fiction, read-along books that are accompanied by images and audio narration. There are even activities and/or quizzes at the end of each book to help the reader review what has been learned.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the online book titles. The first 8 books on the menu are about careers that kids are often curious about including a Firefighter, Pediatrician and Veterinarian. Then the rest of the books are divided into: 

  • Animals
  • The President (Obama)

Click on any story and a new page opens where you can start reading the book, one page at a time. Each page is accompanied by an engaging photograph or illustration, and the option to click “Listen” to hear a narrator read the words on the page. Just follow the arrows to read the entire book.

At the end of the book you’ll find a simple quiz or activity that reviews the vocabulary words or simple concepts and information learned in the stories. Once you do the activity, you can advance to the next book. You can skip the activity, if desired, and move on to the next book by simply returning to the main menu.

Free Italian Language Lessons

February 4th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 4, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ILUSS Italian Online

(www.iluss.it/schede_gram_free.html)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

The free lessons available from this paid subscription based website provide some basics for those interested in learning Italian.

With three levels offered, visitors can learn: 

  • The alphabet
  • Articles
  • Verbs and tenses
  • Parts of speech grammar
  • Numbers
  • Household items and food
  • Greetings and etiquette
  • Clothes
  • The family
  • Feelings
  • Animals
  • And more

Because this website is produced in Florence, Italy by teachers of Italian, some of the information is presented in Italian only and some lessons may not have an English translation. But don’t let that deter you from checking out the lessons. Lessons include audios and many have images to assist in identifying the words. Most lessons include a presentation of the material and a few interactive practice activities. Check out the “For busy people and commuters” lessons for even more free lessons.

This website can be used to introduce a study of the Italian language or provide additional practice for others who are currently studying the language.

Say “Merry Christmas” in Different Languages

November 26th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 26, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holidays: The Voices of Christmas

(www.holidays.net/christmas/voices.htm)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website lets you listen to the different ways “Merry Christmas” is said around the world.

Scroll down through the page, click on the audio play button for country of choice, and hear the Real Audio file of “Merry Christmas” and other related holiday greetings in: 

  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Spanish
  • French/Creole
  • German
  • Welsh
  • Romanian
  • Finnish
  • Vietnamese
  • Hungarian
  • Russian
  • Greek
  • And more.

The words are also written out so you can try to follow along. This is a fun way to introduce the whole family to the many languages of the world!

Warning: This is an ad-supported website and there could be pop-up ads on this website. Turn on your pop-up and spam blocker when you visit this site to avoid the nuisance.

Learn to Speak an African Language

September 24th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, September 24, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UNISA – Learn to Speak an African Language

(www.unisa.ac.za/free_online_course/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Through this website from the University of South Africa, learn some basic phrases in five different African languages.

Select to learn: 

  • Northern Sotho
  • Tswana
  • Zulu
  • Southern Sotho
  • Xhosa

Once you have made your choice, review the information about the language on the next page, then select the “start lesson” button to begin or choose a specific theme from: 

  • greetings and courtesies
  • asking for help, emergencies
  • numbers, days, months, seasons
  • question words, quantities, weather and time
  • banks, taxis and restaurants
  • transportation and finding your way
  • touring and socializing
  • at the filling station
  • the human body and ailments
  • shopping and sport

Lessons include information about speaking etiquette; the vocabulary with audios and a video. Please be sure to wait for the lesson to load as it might take a few seconds.

Discover our Centennial President – Benjamin Harrison

August 18th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, August 18, 2016, and time for Social Studies at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

(www.bhpsite.org/learn)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Visit today’s website to learn all about our 23rd president, also known as the centennial president because he was inaugurated 100 years after George Washington.

Born August 20, 1833, Benjamin Harrison came from a long line of famous politicians. Great-grandson of founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Harrison V, and grandson of our 9th president, William Henry Harrison, a.k.a. “Old Tippecanoe”, he had big shoes to fill. Using the links on the left hand side bar, dig into the life and times of Benjamin Harrison and discover: 

  • His genealogy
  • The early years
  • His Civil War service
  • His life as a lawyer
  • His presidency
  • His wives
  • And more

Along with concise articles and interesting image galleries, there is a brief audio recording of the president and a quick virtual tour of his home on Delaware Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.

At the bottom of the menu, locate “Ben’s Brigade for Kids” to print out a coloring page, puzzles and play learning games.

Add this website to your list for presidential studies.

French Games, Lessons, and Activities

July 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 23, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Saber Frances

(www.saberfrances.com.ar/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12 with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free lessons, exercises, games and activities to help students learn and practice the French language. It is designed for a wide variety of ages and ability levels.

FYI: We didn’t find “About” information for this site, so we don’t know who sponsors it. It does have scrolling Amazon.com advertisements, so there are links to outside sources. Parents, as always, should supervise exploration and use of any sites recommended here.

The site is written in both English and French (displayed side-by-side), which may help to increase competency as you navigate the site.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Vocabulary – Learn a wide variety of words needed for conversational French.
  • Expressions – Learn some idioms and expressions that are used in conversation.
  • Exercises – Practice vocabulary and grammar with interactive worksheets.
  • Lecture – Improve your reading comprehension by reading essays in French about French culture.
  • Grammar – Learn and practice parts of speech including nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, etc.
  • Chansons or Songs – Learn French through songs! Watch YouTube videos of songs being sung in French. Sing along with Celine Dion, Charles Aznavour and other celebrities. You’ll also find clips of Disney films like AladdinPocahontas, and The Lion King, with the characters singing the songs in French.
  • Jeux or Games – Play Hangman and Wordsearch games to practice and improve your knowledge of French. Fun!

Note: We had some intermittent difficulty with the sound at this website when trying to hear pronunciations of various words or phrases.

The site has something to offer students with varying ranges of ability. If you have young children, head to the “Songs” section first. If your children know some French words they may enjoy playing hangman and wordsearch. More adept students may want to try the reading comprehension and grammar exercises.

Again, parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.

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