Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

History Channel – Christmas

December 6th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 6, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History Channel – Christmas

(www.history.com/topics/christmas)

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

 

The Christmas holiday is steeped in traditions and customs. This page from the History Channel provides texts and videos relating to the history of many of the traditions practiced today.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the topics covered including: 

  • Christmas Traditions Worldwide
  • History of Christmas
  • History of Christmas Trees
  • Santa Claus

Videos (with commercials) are in each section so, parents, as always, will want to preview the material prior to allowing their student to use the material to be sure that the information presented aligns with their family beliefs and standards.

If you can get over the commercials embedded into the videos, there is still a lot of interesting and educational value to this website.

Free Audio Stories for Kids!

October 24th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 24, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Storynory

(storynory.com/)

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

If you don’t know about this website – you should! Storynory.com offers a treasure trove of free audio stories for kids that include fairy tales, myths, original stories and more.

Every week a new audio story is published on the website (and has been since 2005). You can listen online or download the stories for free.

The storytellers are entertaining and the content includes:

  • Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen
  • Folktales and legends from around the world
  • Beloved children’s tales such as the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • Classics including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and an entire audio book of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Original children’s stories created by the owners of the site. The founders of Storynory (a writer and BBC radio journalist) own an online media consulting company.

You can subscribe to their podcasts as well.

Listening to audio stories develops language arts skills, improves attention, and sparks the imagination.

Listen to Christmas Music

December 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, December 23, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Feels Like Christmas – Free Christmas Music

(feelslikechristmas.com/free-christmas-music/)

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

 

Listen and/or download free Christmas music from independent (indie) artists at this website.

Choose songs in the following categories: 

  • Contemporary Instrumental
  • Contemporary Vocals
  • Traditional Instrumental
  • Traditional Vocal

There are hundreds of selections, many of which are originals written by the submitting artist. Select a song and when the page opens click the play button on the player to hear the song online. Found a song you absolutely love? Download the MP3 to add to your holiday collection by right clicking on the download graphic to the lower right of the player. (Please note that the downloads are for personal listening use only. Be sure to read the “Use of This Music” page for specifics.)

In addition to the Christmas music, click the “Audio Stories” link to find a selection of Christmas stories including: 

  • Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Seller
  • Luke 2:1-20
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
  • Santa’s Poem
  • Mrs. Claus Saves Christmas
  • My Granddad Helps Father Christmas
  • Mouse in the Honeysuckle

And don’t forget to check out the “Christmas Sounds” page to hear Sounds of Santa, sleigh bells, and more.


We hope this website will add to your holiday fun.


(We’ll be taking a Christmas break and will be back in the New Year. Happy Holidays to all!)

Holiday History

December 21st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 21, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday History

(www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas)

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

 

Explore the history of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more with these websites.

The History of Christmas

History.com offers several videos you can watch on the history of Christmas from the religious story to the traditional icons in popular culture. Discover the origins of Santa Claus, explore Christmas celebrations around the world, and learn about ancient rituals and Winter Solstice celebrations too.

The History of Hanukkah

Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

The History of Kwanzaa

At this site you can watch a video that provides a good explanation and overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 – January 1.

The History of the Christmas Tree

This site provides a lesson plan on the history of the Christmas tree. Use the discussion questions to stimulate conversation or prompt a writing exercise.

The History of Christmas Carols

This website provides information on the history of Christmas carols! When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of songs. Click on any one and a new page opens that explains the origin of the song, along with the lyrics. (If you want to hear the music to these songs, try this website.


The History of the Dreidel

The dreidel is a traditional Hanukkah toy. At this website you can get an overview of its history and its various meanings in theology, psychology, philosophy, numerology and more!

The History of Gingerbread

This website offers the history of gingerbread from the Middle Ages to modern times – with a nod to the Brothers Grimm and “Hansel & Gretel.” It also explains the history of ginger root, the herb used to make ginger for use in gingerbread. The text at this site provides basic historical information and contains links for further study. Unfortunately, the links did not work when we visited, but the text provides plenty of information without it. You will also find some recipes using ginger at this site.

Free Audio Holiday Stories!

December 20th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, December 20, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Visit From St. Nicholas

(www.storynory.com/2006/12/17/a-visit-from-st-nicholas/)

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

 

This is a classic story by Clement Moore, also known as The Night Before Christmas.

Written in 1822, this is the poem that named Santa’s 8 reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen.

And here are other great classic selections of free, audio holiday stories. They are available as audio recordings to listen to on your computer, to burn to a CD, or to download to your portable audio player (mp3).
 
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“This is the classic tale of what comes to those whose hearts are hard. In a series of ghostly visits, Scrooge visits his happy past, sees the difficulties of the present, views a bleak future, and in the end amends his mean ways.” (Summary written by Kristen McQuillin)
 
Good King Wenceslas

Listen to the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” and the story behind the song.
 
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

This short story is about a young couple who are very much in love and also very poor. For Christmas, they each make a sacrifice to purchase a gift for the other, with ironic results.
 
The Elves and the Shoemaker

This traditional fairy tale is a short story about a Christmas gift. A poor shoemaker receives some unexpected help just when he needs it most.

Free Pascal’s Triangle Lessons & Activities!

December 18th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, December 18, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pascal’s Triangle

(mathforum.org/workshops/usi/pascal/index.html)

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

 

This website is part of the massive MathForum.org and offers free lessons and activities to explore Pascal’s Triangle, a math resource known for patterns and applications in several areas of mathematics.

Named after seventeenth century mathematician, Blaise Pascal, the triangle’s properties made use of and further explored the already known array of binomial coefficients originally developed in Persia and China.  

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu divided into three sections by grade level: 

  • K-4
  • 5-8
  • 9-12

Click on “Lessons” to find an array of activities for elementary through advanced learners that include lessons, problems to solve, and printable worksheets.
 
Here is another interesting site: The 12 days of Pascal’s triangular Christmas.
 
Holiday Bonus! Watch a video of homeschool moms singing a humorous version of a Christmas carol retitled, The 14 Days of Homeschool.

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