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Free Writing Tutorials

April 10th, 2019

It’s Wednesday, April 10, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fact Monster: Homework Center-Writing

(www.factmonster.com/homework/writingskills1.html)

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

 

 Here you will find free writing tutorials on topics from basic sentence structure to paragraphs, essays, book reports, biographies, research papers, and term papers. The tutorials are delivered through simple-to-read text that include clear and instructive samples.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of items to browse including:

  • Essays – Learn how to select a topic, organize your ideas, write a first draft, revise the work, and proofread the final draft.
  • Writing Different Types of Essays – Learn how to structure your writing for Narrative, Descriptive, Persuasive, Cause and effect, and Comparison and Contrast Essays.
  • How to Write a Biography
  • How to Write a Book Report
  • How to Write a Research Paper – Learn to select a topic, discover how to research to find sources of information, take notes, organize ideas, write a first draft, revise, proofread, and use footnotes and endnotes. Plagiarism is defined here as well.
  • How to Write a Letter – Includes instruction on personal letters, thank you notes, a letter of complaint and more.
  • How to Write a Speech – Find out how to write speeches that inform, persuade, and entertain.
  • Spelling & Grammar – Includes lessons on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, sentence structure, parts of speech, subject and predicate, dangling modifiers, mixed metaphors, split infinitives, and more.

This is a great reference website not only for writing, but for every subject. Look around and you’ll see what we mean. Make it a “favorite” to return often.

Free Spring Poems with Activities

March 27th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, March 27, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK: Spring Poetry

(dltk-holidays.com/spring/poem/index.htm)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades PreK-5 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Spring has sprung! The return of longer and warmer days, and the rebirth of flora and fauna has inspired poets for ages.

This website offers a selection of over 35 poems about spring by a variety of authors including Mother Goose, A.A. Milne, William Wordsworth, and Robert Frost. 

Most poems are accompanied by an audio recording so you can hear the poem being read aloud. And every poem has a free printable activity page to go with it.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of poem titles including: 

  • Daffodowndilly by A.A. Milne
  • Little Seeds by Else Holmelund Minarik
  • A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost
  • And many more!

Simply click on a title of interest and a new page opens with the poem text. Below the poem, you’ll see a box that says, “Play.” Click on it to hear the poem being recited. You’ll also find a sample of the activity sheet to the right of the poem. You can print out the full sheet in color, or print it in black and white and use it as a coloring page.

Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese – FREE

March 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 23, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyChineseLessons

(www.mychineselessons.com/chinese-lesson-index-p01.html)

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

 

This site has a kid-friendly format that claims to make learning Chinese easy and fun.

When you get to the site, you can start on Lesson 1, or view the “Lesson Index” to view the choices including: 

  • Hello! How Are You?
  • Numbers and Counting
  • Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday
  • Let’s Eat!
  • and more.

Each lesson explains how to draw the character and has helpful hints on how to memorize it. As explained at the site, “All of our online Chinese lessons are free and include Chinese lesson materials such as printable flash cards, online memory testing, puzzles, written and audio versions, and much more.”

FREE Online Magazine For Kids

March 13th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, March 13, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Bunk Room

(www.thebunkroom.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Here is a FREE online magazine written entirely by kids for kids called “The Bunk Room.”

The magazine, designed for kids ages 8-18, was started by two brothers who took the initiative to create their own newspaper one night, in their bunk beds (hence, the name) – while they were supposed to be sleeping.

Their mother, who has a publishing background, helped them turn their creation into an online magazine. The boys’ two sisters got in on the act as well. Mom and Dad supervise and help manage the endeavor.

“The Bunk Room” is a publication you can subscribe to, but you can read an issue on the website (scroll down a bit and on the right, there is a small box above “Sign Up for Email Updates.” Click on the middle of that box to open the issue in full-screen mode.)

Back on the home page, click on “In Box” to submit content from kid contributors (with parental/guardian/teacher approval, of course). Some suggested topics are: 

  • Day To Day
  • Road Trip
  • Future Life
  • Summer Camps
  • Good Deeds
  • Poem Corner
  • and more!

Articles can be anywhere from about 150-400 words.

“The Bunk Room” is a fun read for kids – and their quest for kid contributors is sure to inspire your family’s writers, poets, and artists.

Free French Lessons

March 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 2, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn French with Pascal

(www.frenchspanishonline.com/french.html)

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

 

At this ad-supported website, visitors can learn some French!

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • French Vocabulary by Theme – Choose from many topics such as greetings, numbers, prepositions, food, locations, and much more.
  • French Grammar – Learn verb tenses, moods, agreement, voice, articles, pronouns, adjectives, questions, and more.
  • Basic French with Recorder – This is for beginners to learn some basics. There is even a built-in recorder to check your pronunciation of the vocabulary.
  • French Pronunciation Tips – The videos here are presented in the form of video blog posts.

(Please note that while we have reviewed this website, we have not examined the external links that may appear on the learning pages. As always, parents should preview and supervise their children’s online activities.)

Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese – FREE

February 9th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 9, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn Chinese

(www.freechineselessons.com/lessons/basics/)

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

 

This site includes basic lessons that focus on proper pronunciation of spoken Mandarin.

It also includes the basics for learning Chinese writing which is non-alphabetic and non-phonetic. Learn the meaning of Chinese characters. This site seems to be designed with older students and adults in mind. However, even young children – with parental guidance – could listen to some of the lessons and stories and learn Chinese words and phrases. Non-readers will need assistance.

Here is another site: My Chinese Lessons. This site has a more kid-friendly format that claims to make learning Chinese easy and fun. As explained at the site, “All of our online Chinese lessons are free and include Chinese lesson materials such as printable flash cards, online memory testing, puzzles, written and audio versions, and much more.”

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