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Houghton Mifflin’s Kids’ Place

April 1st, 2015


It’s Wednesday, April 1, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Houghton Mifflin’s Education Place


Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)


These pages were developed by the Houghton Mifflin publishing company to supplement their textbooks. But you don’t have to buy a thing to hone your language arts skills on this website!
When you get to the site, select your grade range: K-5 or 6-8. A new page opens with a variety of interactive language arts activities to choose from including:
*Tricky Usage — Try your hand at one tricky grammar question, and see the correct answer right away. View a breakdown of others’ responses.
*Wacky Web Tales — Fill in the blanks with verbs, adjectives, etc., then see the often hilarious story that results!
*Evaluation Station — Follow these steps to evaluate and improve what you have written.
*Writer’s Showcase — The stories and essays in this section were written by elementary and middle school students!
*Bright Ideas for Writing — Look at the picture, read the question, and you’ll surely be inspired to write something.
*Grammar Blast — Choose your grade level and answer ten multiple-choice grammar questions. Have a blast!
*Net’s Best for Research — An annotated list of helpful websites for student research projects.
BUT that’s not all! If you click on the words “Kids’ Place” near the bottom of the window a new page opens. Scroll to the menu at the bottom of that new page, and you’ll see these items:
*Using the Web – This web tutorial makes you an expert cyber-researcher in no time!
*Current Events – Stay up-to-date with the kid-friendly links provided here.
*Brain Teasers – Some simple but fun math puzzles.
*GAMES – Yes, even more games here!
On the GAMES page try:
*Spelling Match – Match the words with the letters that they are missing, and watch the cat deep-sea diver open the treasure chest! What could be inside?
*Web Word Find – Interactive hidden word puzzles.
*GeoNet – This is a multiple-choice social studies quiz. Look at the map, graph, or other visual aid, then guess an answer. If you get it wrong, don’t worry. You get three tries for each question before the beaver tells you the correct answer. Keep track of your score on the cool GeoTrekker.
There’s a lot here to enjoy. Have fun!

Learn Welsh

March 28th, 2015


It’s Saturday, March 28, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


A Welsh Course


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


This simple website by Mark Nodine provides several lessons suitable for those wishing to develop beginning conversational skills in Welsh.
Most of the lessons are in textual format. The pronunciation lesson (Lesson 1) provides QuickTime audio examples. There are practice exercises for each lesson with the answers available on a different page.

Lessons include:  

  • Lesson 1. Pronunciation
  • Lesson 2. To Be or Not to Be
  • Lesson 3. Simple Sentences
  • Lesson 4. The Soft Mutation
  • Lesson 5. There are Many Things in this Lesson
  • Lesson 6. How to Be *Emphatic* and Possessive
  • Lesson 7. My Perfect Thing to Have: Imperatives
Also included are appendixes and a glossary as well as a page with links to cultural resources, language resources, and sources about Middle Welsh.

While not a complete language course, this website offers a stepping stone into the Welsh language that might just spark a desire for your student to pursue learning the language further.

Explore the Castles and History of Wales

March 26th, 2015


It’s Thursday, March 26, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Castles of Wales


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


This non-profit, educational resource website created by Jeffrey L. Thomas features photographs and/or information relating to over 400 different medieval castles of Wales. Not only will visitors be able view images of the well-known and lesser known castles, but they can also learn about the castle builders and Welsh history.
When arriving at the site, you can read the introduction, and then use the upper text link menu to navigate through. Select “Main Menu” to easily arrive at areas of interest such as: 
  • Main Castle Index – Use the hyperlinked, alphabetized index of castles to quickly arrive at the castle you wish to visit.
  • Welsh Castle Database – provides a larger annotated list of the castles in Wales, including those that no longer remain but have been mentioned in historical records
  • Castle Locator Maps – maps showing the locations of the major castles of Wales
  • Historical Essays – historical overviews, the evolution of the castle in Wales, and additional essays
  • Castle Builders – Discover the Welsh and Norman castle builders.
  • A Timeline of Medieval Wales and A Timeline of Welsh Castles
  • Castle Terminology – short definitions for terms associated with medieval castles, some of which are hyperlinked to examples
  • Abbeys & Other Religious Sites in Wales – includes a hyperlinked list of holy wells, abbeys, cathedrals, priories, and churches
  • Pre-Medieval & Other Historic Sites in Wales – a selection of other historical sites and monuments
  • Welsh Language Pages – In an effort to preserve the ancient Celtic language of Wales, some pages are available in Welsh. There are also a few links to Welsh language sites.
  • Drawings and Illustrations of Welsh Castles
And there’s so much more. This website would make an excellent resource for geography and history studies of Wales and castles.

A Help for Reluctant Readers

March 25th, 2015


It’s Wednesday, March 25, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia


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


Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know”!
When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 
  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!
Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 
  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “letting the cat out of the bag”
Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

Art Lesson Plans from Dick Blick

March 21st, 2015


It’s Saturday, March 21, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


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Dick Blick Art Lesson Plans


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


At this website, sponsored by an art materials supply store, you will find a series of Art Lesson Plans for grades K-12 (with most geared for grades 3-8). Designed for classroom use they can be tweaked for home use as well.
These lessons contain suggestions for artwork using multi-media – that is, many different mediums including: 
  • Paint
  • Crayon
  • Torn paper
  • Collage
  • Watercolor markers
  • Pastel glue
  • Paper weaving
  • Stencils
  • And more
The instructions are simple, include a materials list (if you don’t already have the materials you can conveniently purchase them at this website), and also provide an illustration of the completed work.

Search lessons by selecting Grade Level, Discipline, or Video Lesson Plans. Most lessons are downloadable PDFs.

This site provides fairly simple art projects using multiple mediums that will help you expose your kids to the many styles and forms of art.

The Virtual Egyptian Museum

March 20th, 2015


It’s Friday, March 20, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


The Virtual Egyptian Museum


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


Through hundreds of images and informative text, examine the Senusret Collection at this virtual museum.
When arriving at the link use the upper navigation bar to choose:
  • Highlights – to view the top 10% of the collection grouped by civilization
  • Full Visit – view all items
  • by Type – items sorted by type (jewelry, mummy, object, etc. . .)
  • by Period – Egyptian pieces only arranged by dynasty
  • by God – pieces representing gods
  • by Material – pieces grouped by from what they are made
Once you have chosen how you would like to search the pieces, use the left hand tool bar to click the object you would like to examine. When the item appears in the window, there will be interesting text about the item and the ability to see a larger view of the object. Most items include additional views and close-ups of the item. Links to other related items can also be found on the page.

Visitors could spend hours exploring all of the artifacts at this museum, so you will want to bookmark this website.