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Early British Kingdoms For Kids

September 17th, 2009

Recommended Website:
Early British Kingdoms

Age Range: 10 and up (Approximately, with parental guidance. See link to the “Kids Version” for about ages 5-10 below.)

ClickScholar Theresa recommended this website that provides the history of the rise of Celtic nations and kingdoms (in what is now England and Scotland) after the end of the Roman occupation in the Dark Ages. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of topics including:

  • Kingdoms – Learn the history and timeline of the early kingdoms and explore maps of the territories they occupied.
  • Royalty – Meet the kings, queens, princes, and princesses.
  • Arthur – A terrific account of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and the many engaging legends.
  • Archaeology – See the ruins of ancient castles, abbeys, and churches and virtually examine artifacts.
  • Saints – Read the biographies of Celtic saints, and learn about their gifts and sacrifices.
  • Adversaries – Learn about ancient warring Celtic tribes.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu that allows you to explore the topic in depth through text, illustrations, and pictures.

Now, just for youngsters, the site offers a Kids Page here:

Early British Kingdoms for Kids

Fun cartoon art illustrates the information that answers questions about:

  • The Dark Ages
  • Why the Romans left Britain
  • Britons, Saxons, Scots, and Picts
  • King Arthur, the Sword in the Stone, and Arthurian legend
  • Other Famous Kings
  • Minstrels
  • Saints, Monks & Nuns
  • Life in Farms, Villages, and Towns
  • Christianity and Pagans
  • Runes
  • Weapons
  • Treasures
  • And much more!

You’ll even find printable coloring pages!

This is a fun and interesting site to explore.

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Top Social Sciences Sites for 2008

January 8th, 2009

Continuing with our recap, here are ClickSchooling’s Top Social Sciences sites for 2008:

Note: The links below take you to the ClickSchooling archives where you can read the original review. From there, you can click on a link to access the site.

Recommended Websites:

Geography Thru Free Map Unit Studies!

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8)

This is one of the most frequently visited websites in the ClickSchooling archive. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis partnered with National Geographic on an exhibit called “MAPS: Tools for Adventure” that teaches kids about maps. The exhibit offers this companion website with FREE Unit Study guides in downloadable, printable, book-style format containing lessons about mapping. This is a thorough resource for teaching cartography.

Free Social Science Videos from NOVA

Age Range: 10-17 (Grades 6-12)

At this website you can learn all about social sciences by watching PBS NOVA videos for free. Topics covered by these films include: Anthropology, Natural Disasters, the Human Genome, ancient Egypt, the Parthenon, Nature, Physics, Space, Technology and more. Some of the video pages link to further resources, teacher’s guides, transcripts of the films, and more.

Chicago History Museum: Great Chicago Stories

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12)

This ClickSchooling award-winner offers an engaging history of Chicago presented through historical fiction stories that are accompanied by lessons and activities, as well as investigations of museum artifacts. It’s a terrific example of educational technology at its best. Topics geared for grades 3-12 include the Great Migration, baseball, railroad transportation, hot dogs, abolition, public housing, immigration, labor, Progressivism, the Jazz Age, politics and more.

Geography4Kids.com

Age Range: 8 and up (non-readers will need assistance)

This website provides an introduction to geography through earth sciences including the earth’s energy, structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and bio-geo-chemical cycles. Includes interactive quizzes and links to further resources.

Free Historical Paper Dolls! Paper Dali

Age Range: 5-12 (approximately)

A homeschool mom (who also happens to be a history buff and talented artist) created this site that offers FREE Paper Dolls based on historical people and events. Print out the variety of characters and make history come alive! You’ll find paper dolls for all of these historical themes: American Revolution, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, King Arthur & Knights of the Round Table, Wild West, and Biblical Times. You’ll also find ideas and tips for use. Join the free mailing list to receive updates whenever new Paper Dali’s are added to the site.

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Free Historical Paper Dolls!

October 9th, 2008

ClickScholar Nancy Hogan came to my rescue today with this website recommendation and she helped write the review. Her husband, Ron, is a prolific singer/songwriter, and you can read more about him at the end of this review. :)

Recommended Website:
Paper Dali

Age Range: 5 – 12 (approximately)

A homeschool mom named Veronica Maria (who also happens to be a history buff and talented artist) created this site that offers FREE Paper Dolls based on historical people and events. Print out the variety of characters and make history come alive!

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured theme – King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Click on the image or click on “free paper dalis” on the menu bar at the top of the screen. A new page opens with the entire paper doll collection waiting to be printed, colored, laminated and turned into “history manipulatives”! You’ll find paper dolls for all of these historical themes:

  • American Revolution
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • King Arthur & Knights of the Round Table
  • Wild West
  • Biblical Times

You’ll also find Paper Dalis themed around holidays as well. Nancy wrote, “I can picture students recreating events from bygone eras. The possibilities are endless – and yes, the boys like them, too!”

This site offers ideas and tips for use. For example, use the historical paper dolls to:

  • Decorate a lapbook or create notebooking pages
  • Use them for a writing prompt
  • Make a coloring book for a specific historic time period
  • Create a Flat Stanley or Flat Traveler
  • Make trading cards
  • And much more!

You can even join the free mailing list to receive updates whenever new Paper Dali’s are added to the site. This is a terrific resource that will enhance your studies and interests in history, social studies, language arts and play!

Nancy Hogan and

Diane Flynn Keith
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******** ABOUT RON HOGAN **********

Ron Hogan is a prolific songwriter with rock, blues, and folk influences. In addition to songwriting, Ron also plays rhythm guitar as well as a Korg Sampler (KARMA). He has released 5 CDs over the last few years that are available at CDbaby.com and Itunes as well as other download sites. The links to these sites are on his MySpace page. Ron changes his song list on MySpace about once-a-week and sometimes includes Demo versions or NEW songs not included on the CDs – so visit often to hear all of the tunes!!!

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5 Dangerous Things You SHOULD Let Your Kids Do (CSAW)

April 8th, 2008

Recommended Website:
TED.com

Ages: 12 and up (The content is presented with adult viewers in mind. However, in my opinion, much of this material is suitable for younger children with parental supervision. Parents, as always, should preview the material to determine suitability of content.)

ClickSchooler Angela Palermo recommended today’s website where you can watch a 9-minute video of the founder of the Tinkering School identify 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. Allowing kids the freedom to explore instead of overprotecting them, he says, will make them stronger and smarter and actually safer.

Can you guess what the 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do are before you visit the site? I’ll give you a hint – most of what he proposes involves science.

Not only can you watch the video at this site, but after you do, and the synapses are firing, take a look around at the amazing content TED.com has to offer.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and it sponsors an annual conference that “brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free.” There are about 200 talks on video archived at TED with new material continuously added – so bookmark this site to return again and again.

Angela wrote, “My teens boys and I love this site. TED.com has many, many wonderful educational videos to help you think outside the box.”

For example she points to a video in which nanotechnologist Paul Rothemund shows you how to “cast a spell” with DNA!.

She also recommends a lively show with “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin “who races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares in his head, performs a massive mental calculation, and guesses a few birth days. How does he do it?” Find out how.

This website gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence!

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Free Literature Study Guides & More!

July 18th, 2007

Recommended Website:

Barnes & Noble SPARKNOTES

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately middle school, high school, and beyond)

ClickSchooling list member Tiffany Davis in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma recommended today’s site. She wrote:

“I just discovered a great resource for study guides at this site from Barnes and Noble. There is great information on classic and popular books and authors, much like ‘Cliff Notes.’ Free!”

When you get to the site you will see a menu of free online study guides in a variety of subject categories. You can read most of the Study Guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. The good news is that if you want to avoid the nuisance of the ads, you can download and print out the pdf file for a slight fee (about $5).

To give you an idea of what you can expect in the field of Language Arts — under “Spark Notes: Study Guides” you’ll find:

  • Literature – A stunning array of free study guides for book titles spanning
    from “Across Five Aprils” to “Walden.” Pick a title, click, and a new page
    opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter
    summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and
    suggestions for further reading.
  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides,
    Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the
    suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.
  • Writing – A remarkable grammar glossary with easy-to-find answers on
    everything from proper usage of commas and semicolons to superlatives and more.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Language Arts! In the History category you’ll
find study guides on important eras in American and European history along
with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science
you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy
and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology,
and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

Horse History!

May 10th, 2007

Recommended Websites:
Horse History

Age Range: Varied (As always, parents should preview the sites to determine
suitability of content.)

IMH: Just for Kids

This multi-media website for kids is sponsored by The International Museum
of the Horse and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. When you get to the
site you will see three menu icons that allow you to access remarkable flash
presentations (accompanied by text) about the horse breeds of the world, the
chronological history of horses and their relationship with humans, and an
interactive quiz to test your knowledge of horses. If you have young horse
lovers in your family – don’t miss this site!

Equine Heroes

At this website you’ll find wonderful biographical accounts of real, heroic,
famous, and mythological horses throughout history. You’ll meet Pegasus –
the winged horse, Comanche – a survivor of The Battle of Little Big Horn,
Secretariat – the race horse, and famous horse actors like Mr. Ed, Fury, The
Black Stallion, and more.

Fossil Horse CyberMuseum

This virtual exhibit is funded by the Florida Museum of Natural History and
the National Science Foundation. Its purpose is to explore paleontology and
evolution through the fossil records of horses.

PBS: Wild Horses of Mongolia – Race Across The Steppes

PBS has a video documentary that chronicles the actress Julia Roberts as she
visits Mongolia and learns of its unique history with wild horses. This
companion website offers an overview of the documentary and a fun, online
horse-race game, that tests your knowledge of the wild horses of Mongolia.

HorseFun

This website is for children who love horses. You can learn some horse
facts, solve some horse problems, read some horse stories, and take a horse
quiz.

PBS Kids: Horses

This website offers fun activities from PBS to help little kids learn about
horses.

Stacy Mayer’s Free Online Horse Coloring Books

At this website, just click on the icons of various horse breeds to access
printable coloring pages for free!

Have fun!

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