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Learning Spanish for Kids

June 15th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, June 15, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanish for Kids and Beginners

(www.spanishtown.ca/spanishforkids/spanishforkids.htm)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides interactive exercises that teach young children Spanish vocabulary from basic to intermediate level. As you do the activities you can listen to the correct pronunciation of the words by a native Spanish speaker.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu by level from 1-3. Click on any lesson you want to learn including: 

  • Basics
  • Calendar
  • Family
  • Home
  • Animals
  • Counting
  • Time
  • Verbs
  • And more!

To complement and reinforce the vocabulary you will also find a selection of free PDF downloads.

This is not a comprehensive language course. It’s a simple way to introduce learning the Spanish language, or to practice skills that you’ve already acquired. Parents that don’t speak Spanish can learn right alongside their children.

NOTE: “Spanish for Kids” is part of a larger website. We did NOT review other parts of the site. The kids’ section requires adult assistance to navigate. The site has random ads and Google advertisements that if clicked on, will lead to outside websites so PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE AND SUPERVISE USE.

Build French Language Skills

May 25th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, May 25, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn French

(www.learnfrenchlanguageguide.com/)

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Build upon your student’s basic French language skills with this ad-supported, easy to navigate website.

This website will help the student hone in their understanding of topics such as: 

  • Learn French Pronunciation
  • Learn French Grammar
  • Learn French Verbs
  • French Phrases

Use either the links on the home page or the tabs above to navigate to the main lesson pages. Simple text and tables present the information to the student. The “Meeting People” and “Shopping/Paying” sections of the “Useful Phrases” page include audios.


This website would be a beneficial supplement to most French curriculums being used.

Creative Writing Activities!

May 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 22, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Let’s Get Creative!

(www.brucevanpatter.com/funstuff.html)

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

 

This website offers over 300 pages of fun activities to help kids enjoy creative writingThe designer, Bruce Van Patter, is an illustrator who shows kids how to bring their ideas for stories to life. He does offer some creative writing helps that can be purchased, but you don’t have to buy a thing to access the many freebies.


When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured activity pages. Look at the menu on the left side of the screen under the heading “A Quick List of Fun Stuff” that includes: 

  • The Story Kitchen – Enjoy using creative, interactive story-writing prompts.
  • Mugshots – Click on a picture of a character and answer a set of  questions to create your story’s character!
  • KidTales – Use one of Bruce’s fun drawings to inspire a story of your own!
  • What-if Genie – Look at the top of the page to read a “What-if” question that will inspire a story. Refresh the page (or click on the genie) to get a new one.
  • Creative Times – Develop a story based on a wacky news headline!
  • DaVinci’s Doodles – What is the story potential of a doodle? Try this activity and find out!
  • Wacky Headlines – Help your child write “outside the box” by using parts of speech to create elements of randomness.

You’ll find many more activities to choose from too. 

Also, be sure to check out what Van Patter has “For Families” in the horizontal menu bar located at the top of the home page.

Basic Guide To Essay Writing

May 15th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 15, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

(lklivingston.tripod.com/essay/)

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

 

This website offers basic instruction in how to write an essay in a simple, easy-to-follow format.

The simple steps are: 

  • Decide on your topic
  • Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas
  • Write your thesis statement
  • Write the body
  • Write the introduction
  • Write the conclusion
  • Add the finishing touches

There is a great sample of a well-written essay at this site as well.

Another feature at this site are the links to other Internet resources for writing, grammar, bibliographies, research credits, study aids, and writing tutors – this is a comprehensive list and every link we tried was well worth the visit.

Free Spanish Lessons and Games

May 4th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, May 4, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

OnlineFreeSpanish

(www.onlinefreespanish.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers engaging, FREE, introductory Spanish lessons for children and their parents that includes games, activities, printable coloring pages, and worksheets!

When you get to the site you’ll see currently featured activities, followed by an icon menu that includes: 

  • Levels 1-4 – Enjoy Spanish lessons that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, parts of the human face, fruits, pets, bugs, geometrical shapes, holidays, and more. Click on any level, then any lesson icon and a new page opens where you can watch an animated video lesson. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the correct pronunciation of words as they come up on the screen.
  • Print – Choose from an assortment of fun printable materials that reinforce learning the lessons. There’s a picture dictionary, word search puzzle, and coloring pages of farm animals, fruits, bugs, numbers, and more.
  • Tablets – Content for iPad and Android tablets that teach Spanish numbers, colors, and so much more.

Back on the home page, you’ll find the Spanish Word of the Day and Today’s Date. Then scroll further down to find the interactive games listed by category. You can also sign up to receive the free newsletter that will keep you updated on “new activities and games, tips, and other free cool stuff.”

Free Interactive Writing Prompts & Lessons

May 1st, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WritingFix

(writingfix.com/)

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

 

This website provides all kinds of free, interactive writing prompts, lessons, and resources designed to inspire a passion for writing

As explained at the site, it has “strategically designed lessons to help ‘fix’ teachers who don’t enjoy teaching writing.”

It was designed for classroom teachers and students, but can be easily adapted for use in the homeschool environment. There is so much content at this site, that a brief review can hardly do it justice. So, we’ll focus on a few aspects, and leave it to you to explore the rest on your own.

The first thing you should know is that there is a lot going on at this site – so much so, that it can be a little overwhelming. Our advice is to visit the site when you really have some time to sort through what’s available. There is both “free content” and some “fee content” on the site. 

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and some featured items. Place your cursor over the menu on the left to see the drop-down list of options for each menu item that includes: 

  • Writing Prompts – Get a variety of quick and easy prompts for kids that will inspire daily writing. Most are interactive that require you to fill in blanks or click on buttons to generate some ideas.
  • Mentor Text Lessons – Get free writing lessons for grades K-12 themed around picture books, chapter books, literature excerpts, poetry, short stories, and even popular song lyrics!
  • And so much more!

As we mentioned, there is much more available for you to review on your own. It may be easier to just sign up to have the FREE writing lesson emailed to you each month. To do that, click on the link under “Free Monthly Lessons” on the left margin of the homepage.

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