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April 7th, 2014

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Foreign Languages for Travelers

April 5th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, April 5, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

TravLang: Foreign Languages for Travelers

 

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

 

This website is a find for those who have an interest in many languages or who want to try out different languages – in an effort to figure out which one they would like to study in more depth.

The only drawback is that this is a commercial site, so the pop-up advertisements are a real nuisance. However, just close them out and scroll down the home page until you see “Follow the 2 Steps Below.” Enter the language you speak, and then click on a flag of a country with the language you want to speak – you’ll find everything from Afrikaans to Zulu here.

Once you click on a flag, a new page opens with a menu that offers you a selection of vocabulary lessons. It includes:

  • Basic Words
  • Numbers
  • Shopping/Dining Terms
  • Travel Terminology
  • Directions
  • Places
  • Time and Dates

Use the radio buttons to select a topic, click submit, and a new page opens with a vocabulary list of words and some short phrases. Click on the words or phrases and you can hear them pronounced. Once you’ve learned the words, take a quick quiz, located on the same page, to see how much you remember.

Again, this is a great way to get some exposure to another language – or to learn some quick words and phrases that might help you get by if you plan to visit a foreign country. Kids may just be fascinated to find out how to say “I do not understand,” in over 60 languages.

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March 24th, 2014


Learn Basic Mandarin Chinese

March 15th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, March 15, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at Clickschooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Chinese-Tools.com

 

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

 

This ad-supported website offers online lessons to learn basic Mandarin Chinese. Lessons include audios, reading, speaking, and writing practice, vocabulary, grammar, and writing exercises.
Implementing the “10 minutes a Day” method, lessons include:
  • Words in both pinyin (transliteration of Chinese into the Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters
  • Guides to pronunciation and grammar mechanics
  • Downloadable MP3 audios of vocabulary and conversations
  • Lesson related exercises
  • Practice drills for memorizing Chinese characters

Also included on this website are:

  • A Chinese dictionary
  • Chinese annotation tool
  • Chinese-pinyin editor
  • Chinese text convertor
  • Step-by-step instructions to create artwork using traditional and Chinese brush painting
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Chinese songs which include lyrics and downloadable MP3 audio

While visiting this website, check out the fun “Chinese Name” tool to see your name in Chinese characters. Although this site is meant to be used as a supplement with a regular language curriculum, there is plenty of educational opportunity here to spark interest in the Chinese language.

Take an Underwater Adventure to the Waikiki Aquarium

February 28th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, February 28, 2014, and time for a Virtual Tour at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Waikiki Aquarium

 

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

 

Hawaii is the home to a variety of sea life and at this site you can learn all about it in the many exhibits at the Waikiki Aquarium.

 

When you get to the site select the “Experience” link at the top of the page.  Then select from: 

  • Exhibits
  • Animal Guide
  • Overview Map
  • Webcam
  • Critter of the Month

 

 Some of the exhibits you might like to visit are: 

  • South Pacific Marine Communities and Hawaiian Marine Communities – highlight the amazing diversity and adaptations of sea creatures in the tropical Pacific and Hawaii.
  • The Edge of the Reef – Learn about different types of Hawaiian reef and shore environments, and see colorful fish.
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat – find out about conservation efforts to preserve one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals.
  • Diversity and Adaptations – discover the amazing adaptations that allow marine life to get the upper hand on predators and prey.
  • Coral Farm – is a working coral propagation facility that provides coral colonies to other aquariums and research institutions to reduce the demand and damage to wild reefs.

 

Click on any one of these and more and investigate it through text, photographs, and even Live Cams!

 

Little ones will like the pictures, and older students will enjoy navigating through the hotlinks to learn all about Hawaiian marine life. A great site to visit with the whole family.

LAST CALL for BIG Curriculum Savings at the Co-op

February 24th, 2014


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