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A different approach to phonics

November 1st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ABC Fast Phonics

(www.abcfastphonics.com/)

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

 

Here is a beginning phonics program with over 100 pages, 400 cartoons and click-and-hear words, plus audio narration.

When you get to the site, you can choose from the following categories: 

  • Sounds and Letters
  • Words
  • Consonants and Vowels
  • Blends
  • Common Words

This method teaches just basic phonics concepts without struggle or frustration and includes rules for vowels, consonants, and blends along with practice pages. This is a fun supplement for beginning readers of any age.

As it says on the site, ABC Fast Phonics will help prepare the way for a lifetime of reading.

Interactive Grammar Games!

October 18th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Practice Park

(www.harcourtschool.com/menus/preview/harcourt_language/grammar_park.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by Harcourt School Publishers, provides twelve, free, interactive, multi-media grammar games that help students practice and improve their understanding of grammar.

The games cover the following topics: 

  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Past and Future Tense
  • Plural Spellings
  • Prepositions
  • Sentence Structure (phrases, dependent clauses, and independent clauses)
  • Punctuation

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games divided by grade level. Click on any game and a new page opens where you can begin play.  

These practice games are based upon lessons in Harcourt textbooks and workbooks. You do need some basic knowledge of grammar to play the practice games, as they are not instructional – just a way to practice what you do know, or find out what you don’t know.

Beginners’ Medieval Latin

October 14th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, October 14, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Beginners’ Latin

(www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/latin/beginners/default.htm)

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

 

This website from the United Kingdom’s National Archives provides lessons to learn Latin as it was “used in England between 1086 and 1733, when it was the official language used in documents.”

Per the information on the homepage, this Latin is different from classical Latin and provides information as to what the differences are. When arriving at the site, read through the helpful information on this page and the “Where to Start” page. There are 12 lessons available that cover: 

  • Introduction to Verbs
  • Introduction to nouns; first declension nouns; cases of nouns
  • Second declension nouns; ‘to be’
  • Non; second conjugation verbs; numbers
  • First and second declension adjectives; ego and nos
  • Hic, hec, hoc; third and fourth conjugation verbs
  • Third declension nouns and adjectives
  • Prepositions; possession
  • Using the word list for verbs; verbs – past tense
  • Qui, que, quod; the family
  • Fourth and fifth declension nouns; days of the week
  • Adverbs; numbers and dates; months; useful phrases; dating clauses

Lessons include easy to understand explanations of concepts, helpful tips to remember material, sentences for practice translation, and additional interactive activities for more practice.

When finished with these lessons, return to the home page and locate the text link “Try our new Advanced Latin” to find 12 more advanced lessons that expand the students’ knowledge of: 

  • Imperfect tense
  • Pluperfect tense
  • Future simple tense
  • Future perfect tense
  • Pronouns
  • Passive verbs
  • Participles – present, past and future
  • Comparison of adjectives and adverbs
  • Subjunctive
  • Deponent and semi-deponent verbs
  • Gerunds and Gerundives
  • Infinitives; accusative and infinitive clause

This website is a great starting point for the language student interested in learning about medieval Latin.

Online Interactive Storytime!

October 11th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 11, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Storyline Online

(www.storylineonline.net/)

Age Range: All (All grades – designed for children, with parental supervision, and entertaining for the whole family)

 

Bookmark this website now! This is a website where you can watch members of the Screen Actors Guild – yes, well-known actors and actresses – read stories and books aloud. Their skills at bringing the words on the pages to life engage audiences of all ages.

When you get to the site you will see a welcome message and a menu of book covers/titles below. Put your cursor over the book and you can see who reads it. You can also find the complete list by clicking on “Library” located at the top. Turn on your speakers, and click on a book to begin. You will be treated to a video of the actor reading the book, complete with illustrations, captions (so you can follow along), and a musical score to enhance the experience.

Once you are through watching and listening to the story or book, download and print out the “Activity Guide” that includes a book summary, reading and writing helps, and related activities.

We were completely captivated by the stories we sampled. This is a high-quality endeavor that blends literature and technology in a delightful way for readers and listeners of all ages.

Activities in French for Kids

September 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 2, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids-R-Crafty

(www.kidsrcrafty.com/)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This site, one of the many DLTK Sites for Kids, provides younger students with learning activities in both English and French. The home page provides an introduction in both languages.

Use the left-hand side menu to find the French activities which include: 

  • Éctiture – (Education) – activities to help the student learn to write
  • Labyrinthes – (Mazes) – simple mazes with French captions
  • Les Formes – (Shapes) – coloring pages to learn shapes
  • Les Lettres – (Letters) – trace and color the letters of the alphabet and learn French words that start with that letter
  • Les Nombres – (Numbers) – Learn numbers 1-10 and color the correct amount of objects represented by the number.

Each main page has information and instruction in both English and French. Once you have selected an activity, use your browser print function to print out the page to use a worksheet. While this site is generally geared for very young learners, it can also be use with older elementary students to learn some basic French.

Learn to Write by Listening to Masterpieces

August 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 23, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LoudLit.org

(www.loudlit.org/)

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

 

LoudLit.org pairs great literature with high quality audio performances that you can read and listen to online or download to your device for free. 

As explained at the website: “Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the new and featured literature selections along with a menu of novels, poetry, children’s stories, historical literature, and short stories that include titles such as: 

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Annabel Lee
  • The Raven
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Selected Shakespearean Sonnets
  • Briar Rose
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • And more!

Again, you can listen to the free audiobooks via your web browser or download them to listen on your mp3 player/iPad/iPhone.

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