Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

See the World through the Eyes of Children

January 26th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, January 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids World Travel Guide

(www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the world with this website written and maintained by children. Because the information presented was researched and presented by teenagers and young travelers, the content is not only engaging for young visitors, but is also a valuable resource for those who travel abroad with kids.

Current countries include: 

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Namibia
  • Norway
  • Qatar
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Spain

In addition to learning interesting facts about the country, its geography and people and colorful maps, discover kid friendly attractions. Use the sidebar menus to find more fun facts about flags, passports, the continents, oceans, geography and even Christmas around the world as well as travel tips, games, trivia, and quizzes.

Keep in mind that this site is created by teenagers and you may run across some typos. The manager of the website encourages visitors to let them know of any errors found. And if your students have a love for geography and want to build country pages to add, they are encouraged to contact them for information and support.

Lyndhurst Manor Christmas Tour

December 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, December 23, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lyndhurst Manor Christmas Tour

(www.lyndhurst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/VirtualTours/LyndhurstChristmas360.html)

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

 

Explore Lyndhurst Manor in all its Christmas splendor with this 360° virtual tour. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis and overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, Lyndhurst Manor is noted as one of “America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions.”

When you arrive at today’s link, click the main menu window to start the tour. Use the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to stop the automatic rotation and to navigate through the manor as you wish. The first two icons allow you to easily move through the rooms. Visit the: 

  • Entry Hall
  • Dining Room
  • Picture Gallery
  • State Bedroom
  • Star Bedroom

When you are finished with your Christmas tour, click the Lyndhurst logo in the upper right to visit the main website. From here, click the “About” link in the upper menu to learn about the history of Lyndhurst Manor. On the left-hand side bar menu, click the “Virtual Tours” link to find more tours of the manor such as: 

  • Bowling Alley
  • Aerial Lyndhurst
  • The Mansion
  • The Mansion at Halloween

These simple tours provide an excellent window into Gothic Revival architecture and of a time long ago.

Christmas Traditions Around the World

December 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 22, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas Traditions Around the World

(www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.htm)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the multitude of Christmas traditions from all over the world with this page from the larger Santas.net website.

Learn: 

  • What is Twelfth Day, Sinterklass Eve, Ganna, Kwanzaa, Carols by Candlelight, the Little Feast, and other winter holidays
  • Who are Viejito Pascuero, Christkind, Pere Noel, Lan Khoong, Nisse, Julebukk and Father Christmas
  • What happens at Christmas in Bethlehem
  • What dates are Christmas holidays observed in other countries
  • What types of food are eaten especially for Christmas
  • How to say “Merry Christmas” in different languages
  • And much more.

With over 70 countries to explore, this website makes a great addition to your geography studies around the holidays.

Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

December 21st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, December 21, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

(See below.)

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

 

This week, we are featuring Language Arts with a holiday theme.

The Holiday Zone

(http://www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/christmas-language.html)

At this website you’ll find an ingenious list of Christmas-themed activities that will stimulate reading, writing, story-telling, and vocabulary development. You’ll also find suggestions for creating acrostic poems and playing some language arts games. Some of the ideas are better suited to a classroom environment – but many can be tweaked for homeschooling. 

Story-Lovers.com: In the Spirit of the Winter Holidays

(www.story-lovers.com/bareboneswinterstories.html)

This website offers a free compilation of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa stories. Simply click on a title on the menu to read the story online. Some of the stories have a link to the original source material on the Net. You can just quickly scan stories, and then head to your bookstore or library to find the tales your children will enjoy in book format.

LibriVox: Free Christmas Audiobooks

(librivox.org/)

LibriVox is an organization that gathers volunteers to record literature in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. At the website you can access holiday-themed stories. Not only can you download the MP3s and listen to the stories, most contain links to the full text so you can read along – all for free! Here are some titles: 

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nick) by Clement C. Moore

See How Ornaments & Artificial Trees Are Made

December 20th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, December 20, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

See How Ornaments & Artificial Trees Are Made

(See below.)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

The ad-supported ScienceChannel.com website provides all kinds of free “How It’s Made” videos, including two videos (linked below) that explain how glass ornaments and artificial Christmas trees are made.

When you get to the site, a 30-second video commercial launches. When the advertisement is over, you can watch the educational videos that include: 

(www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/videos/how-its-made-christmas-ornaments/)


This video demonstrates how glass blowers create Christmas tree ornament bulbs and figurines, and then shows how they are colored and decorated. You’ll also discover how the stems are made and capped before the ornament is boxed and shipped to stores.

(www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/videos/how-its-made-artificial-christmas-trees/)


This video shows how artificial Christmas trees are made, including building the steel framework. You’ll find out how sheets of green PVC plastic are shredded to make simulated pine needles. Watch, as workers crimp the artificial foliage together, assemble branches, and attach them to the framework to build a holiday tree.

Holiday Science

December 13th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, December 13, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday Science

(see below)

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

 

Here are free science resources for some holiday cheer.


Track Santa on Christmas Eve

http://www.noradsanta.org/

This website is sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which is the joint American and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the United States and Canada that was created in 1958. Every year NORAD tracks Santa’s whereabouts so that children throughout the world can determine his location and how close he is to delivering goodies to their house on Christmas Eve. At the site you can get the scoop on the science behind tracking Santa including radar, satellites, Santa Cam, and jet fighter aircraft

HowStuffWorks: How Holiday Lights Work

http://christmas.howstuffworks.com/christmas-lights1.htm

Get the information on how those mini decorative lights are made. Clear explanations and great illustrations and photos help you understand how these incandescent bulbs work, why the removal of one bulb in a strand can break the circuit, and how they get the bulbs to blink.

Science I.Q. – The Gingerbread Man

http://www.scienceiq.com/Facts/TheGingerbreadMan.cfm

Ewwwww! It’s hard to believe, but at the Science I.Q. website they explain that gingerbread originated because of a wheat disease known as “stinking smut” that “replaces the wheat grain with a black powder of spores that has a strong fishy odor.” Learn more about it at the website, although it won’t exactly whet your appetite for gingerbread.

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