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Learn How to Type for Free

May 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, May 3, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Typing.com

(www.typing.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a complete typing course (for beginners to advanced students) absolutely free! (Registration is required.)

The program supports all major international keyboard formats, and displays key position and proper finger placement to help keep beginners from looking at their hands. In addition to practice exercises, there are several typing games that reinforce skills while they entertain.

Helpful tips are constantly provided to reinforce proper typing techniques. Typing tests are provided and students can track their progress with detailed graphs and statistics. As a student progresses, the program “learns” which keys cause the most difficulty and creates custom lessons focusing on the student’s top 5 most troublesome letters. When a student completes a lesson, they earn a virtual trophy.

As we mentioned, this program is ad-supported which is why it’s free. If you don’t want the ads displayed, there is a reasonable fee-option to remove the ads.  

Tour Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

April 26th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 26, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shakespeare’s Globe

(www.shakespearesglobe.com/about-us/virtual-tour)

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

 

Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday! At this website, sponsored by Cambridge University, you can take a free, animated virtual tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London and learn about Shakespeare’s plays as well as the life and times of the Globe Theater’s patrons.

This animation is engaging and we encourage you to click on each prompter that appears on the screen to enjoy the full experience and information provided here. If you do, you will begin to view Shakespeare’s productions in an entirely different way – based on the way people lived in the mid-1500’s in England. It provides incredible insight to some of Shakespeare’s individual works as well.

If this virtual tour inspires further interest in Shakespeare, don’t miss Shakespeare Online (www.shakespeare-online.com/). It provides a detailed biography of Shakespeare, access to all of his plays and sonnets along with analysis and fun quizzes!

Learn French Basics

April 8th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 8, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The French Tutorial

(www.frenchtutorial.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported site offers two different ways to learn the basics of the French language including grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The two methods are: 

  • Standard Edition – This FREE virtual French lesson textbook has 13 chapters in all, including audio files to help you with correct pronunciation. Click the “Start” link in the upper menu to access this option
  • Personal Edition – This is the exact same group of lessons offered in the Standard Edition – except that you can download it to use offline or print it out and take it along on your travels. Select “Download” for this page. (Please note you will need to register for free to download the lessons.)

In both cases, just like a beginning French language textbook, the student is introduced to pronouns, the difference between masculine and feminine objects, verb tenses, vocabulary, building sentences, etc. You will learn to count in French, and say greetings suitable for every holiday at this site too! There is a little speaker button that you can click on at any time during the tutorial that allows you to hear the words pronounced correctly.

This website helps students build a good foundation in learning French.

Say ‘Thank You” in Every Language

March 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Omniglot

(www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/thankyou.htm)

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

 

This website will teach you how to say “Thank You” in the many languages of the world.

Most of the languages include audio files so you can hear how the word is supposed to sound when it’s pronounced. Plus, in some cases the name of the language is linked to another page containing more words and phrases you can learn.

BONUS! YouTube: Thank You Song In 45 Languages.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZmphu1HUxE)

You’ll tap your toes and clap your hands along to the beat as you learn to sing “Thank You” in 45 languages from Arabic to Vietnamese. This is a really uplifting video presentation – don’t miss it!

NOTE: YouTube is a great resource, but it contains randomly posted ads and comments. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise internet use.

Free Virtual Magnetic Poetry

March 1st, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Magnetic Poetry

(magneticpoetry.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

Are you familiar with the Magnetic Poetry company? They make magnetized words that stick to refrigerators, cookie sheets, etc., that you can use to create rhymes, poems, sentences, and cryptic messages. At their website, you can use free virtual magnetized words to create fun, silly, and serious poetry – or to just have fun with words.

When you get to the site, you’ll see their featured products and a horizontal menu at the top of the page.

Click on “Play Online” and a new page opens with five Magnetic Poetry games. Click on any one and a new screen opens where you can drag and drop the virtual magnetized words to create poems or whatever you or your child’s imagination can conceive.

There is great potential here to open a game and leave it on the computer screen in a heavily trafficked area of the house. Start one line of poetry and leave it unfinished. Invite those passing by to add a line or two. See what develops as everyone takes a turn.

Learn Sign Language

February 25th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 25, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Sign Language University

(www.lifeprint.com/)

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

 

This website offers free American Sign Language lessons delivered through text explanations, illustrations, photographs and animations.

The lessons were developed by William Vicars aka “Dr. Bill,” who has taught ASL for over 20 years. His series of lessons start with the most common concepts used in everyday communication and move from most frequently used to less frequently used. He suggests going through the lessons sequentially starting with Lesson 1 to reach competence quickly.

When you get to the site, don’t be discouraged by its plain look. The lessons contain illustrations and animations, etc., that liven things up. You’ll see the letters “ASLU” and directly below it is a menu of lessons from 1 to 30. Click on the lesson numbers to get started right away.

You’ll also want to take some time to explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Free Lessons (the same lessons that are on the top horizontal menu)
  • FAQs
  • First 100 Signs
  • Fingerspelling Explanation
  • Fingerspelling Quizzes

~ and much more!

You’ll also notice that the site offers the free series of lessons for sale too. That may seem confusing until you read this explanation on the site: 

“Many students requested the opportunity to use these courses to fulfill language requirements at their local high school or college. This required documentation of course participation and verification of the student’s signing ability. Since verification and documentation is a time consuming process requiring the attention and participation of a skilled ASL instructor, a formal fee-based program was provided in addition to the free resources. Students who do not need documentation or instructor-based evaluation should not register nor pay tuition. Such individuals are welcome to self-study from the publicly available online lessons for free.”

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