Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Open Source Literary Works & More

March 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Open Culture

(www.openculture.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision – there is something for everyone here!)

 

Wow! Wow! Wow! Would you like access to “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”? Then take a look at today’s amazing website.

OpenCulture.com offers “free, high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.” You’ll find enriching, intelligent literary and cultural works delivered in a variety of ways to suit every learning style.
 
When you get to the website simply use the menu to access a terrific selection of free: 

  • Audio Books – Enjoy fiction and literature, non-fiction, poetry, and get access to an amazing list of audio book podcast websites.
  • Online Courses – Take over 1,200 free courses in Literature, History, Math, Science, Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and more.
  • Movies – Access free movies online!
  • Languages – Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more.

Developed in 2006, by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and some terrific techies, this site is dedicated to “bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences.”

This is a terrific library of resources that you can use again and again. Bookmark it to return often.

St. Pat’s Day Language Arts & Much More!

March 15th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rainbows, Shamrocks and Leprechauns

(www.homefires.com/articles/st_paddys_day.asp)

Age Range: 3-14 (Grades PreK-8 approximately – and fun for the whole family!)

 

With St. Patrick’s Day only a couple of days away, we are highlighting some fun ideas from Diane Flynn Keith’s websites for cross-curricular celebrations – many of which you can do last minute!

This website has a wonderful article by veteran homeschool mom, Fran Wisniewski offering a fun array of St. Patty’s Day arts, crafts, and activities for ages 6-14 that cover math, science, language arts, and much more!

And for preschoolers, St. Patrick’s Day Fun for Preschoolers has an article with a few suggestions for some fun learning activities you can do with the little ones. Try Diane’s family’s recipe for a festive beverage today – a “Darby O’Gill”!

Fun for the whole family: A Potato Curriculum – Potatoes are an Irish food staple. Go on a Potato Hunt, explore a potato, conduct a potato science experiment, get creative with mashed potatoes – and have fun learning!

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.

Free Language Arts & Literature Activities!

February 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Fun School – Language Arts

(easyfunschool.freeunitstudies.com/IndexLanguageArts.html)

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

 

This ad-supported website, created for home educators, archives free language arts lessons, literature unit studies, and activities.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of the free Language Arts & Literature Activities that includes: 

  • Language Arts, Miscellaneous – Get a list of commonly misspelled words, make a “Book Report Sandwich,” get high-interest activities for reluctant readers and writers of all ages.
  • Suggested Reading Lists – Explore the “Best Books” for young adults over the years, books for the college bound, and discover the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Award winners.
  • Unit Lessons/Studies and Word Searches – Find an assortment of complete and incomplete unit lessons along with some word searches themed around classic literature including:
    • The Swiss Family Robinson
    • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
    • Alice in Wonderland
    • Treasure Island
    • Anne of Green Gables
    • Bunnicula
    • Charlotte’s Web
    • The Hobbit
    • How to Eat Fried Worms
    • James and the Giant Peach
    • Johnny Tremain
    • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    • Little House on the Prairie
    • The Secret Garden
    • Velveteen Rabbit
    • Wizard of Oz
    • Where the Wild Things Are

When you’re through exploring the Language Arts resources, head over to the home page for more free lessons and activities for many subjects including history, art, science and nature studies.

Free Listen and Read books

February 15th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: Listen and Read

(teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/index.htm)

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades K-4, with parental supervision)

 

This resource from Scholastic is where you can enjoy 15 non-fiction, read-along books that are accompanied by images and audio narration. There are even activities and/or quizzes at the end of each book to help the reader review what has been learned.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the online book titles. The first 8 books on the menu are about careers that kids are often curious about including a Firefighter, Pediatrician and Veterinarian. Then the rest of the books are divided into: 

  • Animals
  • The President (Obama)

Click on any story and a new page opens where you can start reading the book, one page at a time. Each page is accompanied by an engaging photograph or illustration, and the option to click “Listen” to hear a narrator read the words on the page. Just follow the arrows to read the entire book.

At the end of the book you’ll find a simple quiz or activity that reviews the vocabulary words or simple concepts and information learned in the stories. Once you do the activity, you can advance to the next book. You can skip the activity, if desired, and move on to the next book by simply returning to the main menu.

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