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Mandarin Chinese Basics

July 14th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 14, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chinese-Tools.com

(www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese)

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.

Summer-Themed Writing Prompts & More!

June 27th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 27, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creativity Portal: Summer Writing Prompts

(www.creativity-portal.com/howto/writing/summer.writing.prompts.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides summer-themed writing prompts and story starters to encourage creative writing in students. You can use them for every purpose including journals, blogs, school assignments, and just plain old fun!


When you get to the site you’ll find the “Summer Writing Prompts” in the center of the page. Scroll down the page to see all 15.

After you’ve explored the prompts, you’ll want to poke around this site to discover more inspiring activities for writers including how-to articles and random writing prompt generators that you can access from the menus at the top and sides of the page.

You will also want to take a look at the Tools & Features for Teachers with all kinds of creative tools, projects, and tutorials for classroom use that can be easily tweaked for the homeschool environment.

IMPORTANT: There is so much content here we were only able to review a small portion. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine if the content is appropriate for your own children, and also supervise any internet use.

Summer Reading Lists For Kids and Teens

June 20th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 20, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

About.com – Summer Reading Lists

(www.thoughtco.com/summer-reading-lists-for-kids-and-teens-627024)

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

 

Elizabeth Kennedy is a children’s book expert that writes for About.com. She publishes an annual compilation of summer reading lists

The book lists come from her site, schools, school districts, librarians and others with a knowledge of kids, reading levels and good books for young people. You’re sure to find some books your kids will like on these lists.

The lists of recommended children’s and young adult books are generally organized by grade levels. Many of the middle school reading lists include a mix of middle grade fiction and nonfiction and young adult books. You’ll find both classics and recently published books.

When you get to the website scroll down the page to find lists for: 

  • Reading Lists for Grades 4-8
  • Books for Teen Boys, Girls and Teen Reluctant Readers
  • Books for Boys Recommended by Librarians
  • HAISLN (Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network) 2018 Recommended Reading Lists
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Booklist for Young Readers
  • 2018 Notable Children’s Books Lists
  • And more!

Find more resources at the very bottom of the page to help parents encourage the love of reading.

Book Finder with Lessons, Author Bios, & More!

June 13th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 13, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: Book Wizard

(www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/)

Age Range: 3-17 (Grades Pre-K-11, with parental supervision)

 

Have your children ever fallen in love with a particular book? Have they begged for more books like it? Have you scoured the library shelves trying to find something just as engaging to nurture their love of reading? Do you wish you could find extension activities to further learning through the books they love to read? Then you’ll love today’s website recommendation.

Scholastic’s Book Wizard offers three different ways to search over 65,000 books from all publishers to find just the right book for your child, and many search results include lesson plans, author bios, and study guides. Type in the name of a book your child likes, and the free Book Wizard will show similar titles in the same reading level with the same type of content with activities to further learning. What a time saver! 

When you get to the site, you can jump right in and use the search engine: Just enter a book title, author or keyword. Once you’ve found the exact book you are looking for – you can click on the author’s name to read his/her bio, and (in many cases) access free lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and extension activities written specifically for the book.

You can also search by Genre, Subject, and Grade. And make sure you check out the Teachers section on the left side bar to locate oodles and gobs of resources!

Learn Over 40 Different Languages

June 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 2, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Surface Languages

(www.surfacelanguages.com/)

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


Hello. Hola (Spanish). Salut (French). Szia (Hungarian). Ahlan (Arabic). Hej (Danish). Learn thousands of useful phrases for over 40 different languages with this free online resource

Using audios of native speakers, flashcards, and simple word games, this website offers the budding linguist a wonderful starting point to become versed in thousands of fundamental words and phrases. Learn: 

  • Alphabets
  • Numbers
  • Descriptive words and phrases
  • Food related words and phrases
  • Time related words
  • Phrases to use in an emergency
  • Communication problem phrases
  • Directions
  • And much, much more

Just a sampling of the every growing list of languages available includes: 

  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Estonian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Maltese
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Welsh
  • Yiddish

Also currently available are 4 language courses for beginners which consist of 15-27 lessons intended to teach basic grammatical structure and sentence patterns. Languages courses currently available are: 

  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)

Practice your language skills while on the go for free by downloading the companion app available for certain smart devices!  

With this website open the doors to different languages beyond the ones traditionally taught and inspire your students to explore new worlds of communication.

French Games

May 12th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 12, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French Games

(www.french-games.net/)

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

 

Learn and practice French through lessons and games at this UK website.

From the information on the site, Beginner activities are for students age 5-11 and Intermediate activities are suitable for students 11 and up.


Using the site is fairly-straight forward broken into steps: 

  • Topics – Start by selecting the level in the first box, then whether you wish to study words or sentences. Next select from the list a lesson category. On the next page, choose the topic for your lesson.
  • Lessons – After a topic has been chosen, choose which option for the lesson you would like. Select “Full Tutorial” to go through the entire lesson. Choose “Introduction” and the page will scroll down to the interactive word list. Click the French word to hear it. Or, if your student is already familiar with the word list, select the “No tutorial thanks. Go to the Games” option to go straight to the topical games.
  • Games – have fun practicing what you have learned with a variety of interactive online games. There are nine different types of games:
    • Mix and match – match pictures with the word
    • The Beetle and the bee – Win strawberries by moving a beetle around the game field. When you hit a strawberry, a box opens revealing images and a word. Match the word with the correct image and win a berry.
    • Four in a row – Tic-Tac-Toe type game but in order to get the “X” you must match the word with the correct picture
    • Hangman – classic game of guessing a letter to figure out the French word
    • The frog flies – Move a frog around a game field to capture flies. Answer questions to win points.
    • Sow grow – Match the audio of a word to the image. Correct answers help your flower grow.
    • Spelling game – Select the correct spelling of the French word or phrase with the image shown.
    • Rock fall – This is a fast-paced game where the player tries to “catch” a falling rock and then has to match the image with the correct word to win a point. Sounds easy enough but catching those rocks is difficult.
    • Tests – a variety of tests to check the students’ knowledge of what they have learned.

This is a wonderful site for either starting to learn French or to practice learned skills. Be sure to bookmark to use throughout your language studies.

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