Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Holiday Crafts for Kids!

December 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 22, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas and Winter Crafts for Kids

(www.craftideas.info/html/k-winter.html)

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

 

This ad-supported, mega-crafts website provides lots of step-by-step instructions for easy Christmas and winter crafts designed to help parents and children spend some creative quality time together.

For many of these projects you only need paper, scissors, glue, and crayons or markers. When you get to the site, you’ll see some “Google Ads” listed at the top of the page. Below them you’ll find an extensive menu of crafts (interspersed with more Google ads) that your kids are sure to enjoy making for the holiday and winter season including: 

  • Paper Gingerbread Man
  • Candy Cane Paper Ornament
  • Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
  • Easy Orange Pomanders
  • Pom-Pom Santa Claus
  • Beaded Tree Ornaments
  • Chenille Snowflakes

Click on any one for a list of materials, full instructions, and free printable craft patterns. As the website suggests, make some hot cocoa, put on some holiday tunes and enjoy a couple of afternoons helping your kids create wonderful holiday craft projects that make great decorations and gifts!
 
When you’re through exploring the kids section at this site, use the menu to find free craft patterns and tutorials for every season and for every age and ability.

Holiday Virtual Field Trips

December 21st, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 21, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spangler Candy Factory

(www.spanglercandy.com/spangler/products/canemaking2.php)

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

 

Enjoy this tour of a candy cane factory.

The Spangler Candy Company has been manufacturing candy canes since 1954. They make over 2 million candy canes a day! At this site you can take a virtual tour of their factory. They explain the process of mass production of candy canes through text and photographs.

And here are some more holiday field trips:

Virtual Field Trip to a Christmas Tree Farm

When you get to the site, scroll to the bottom and click on “Tour Stop 1: Conifer Seedling” to begin the virtual tour. Then, just follow the prompts (at the bottom of each page) to experience the entire tour.

Virtual Field Trip to an Antique Christmas Lights Museum

This site offers the fascinating explanation of America’s Christmas lighting history from 1900 through the seventies. Through text, illustrations and photographs the site acts as a museum that documents the “golden age” of electric Christmas lighting through a sort of book format, chapter by chapter. Scroll down to Chapter One and click on “Early History of Electric Christmas Lighting in America.” When done, click ‘NEXT’ to get to the next chapter. You’ll see what American Christmases were like without electricity when families used candles to light the tree, and then discover how it changed when electric lights were introduced.

Holiday Social Studies Activities!

December 20th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 20, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funschooling

(www.franw.com/)

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

 

Learning takes on a life of its own at this website created by veteran homeschool mom Fran Wisniewski who provides terrific Christmas-themed activities that explore the history of the holiday and the symbols associated with it.

Get ready to have some fun! When you get to the site you’ll see the calendar for December. Simply scroll down the page to read the activities for this week including: 

  • Games Day
  • Go Caroling Day
  • The First Day of Winter

Not only does Fran provide the complete instructions for how to do the activities at home, but she provides pictures of her family’s efforts that clearly illustrate the results you can expect. Plus you’ll find links to more web-based resources to further your learning experience.

Continue to scroll down for:

  • December Activities
  • 25 Fun Activities You Can Do Inside, When It’s COLD Outside!
  • Fun Christmas Resources

Fran wrote, “In my world education is interesting, the choices are endless and everyone learns at their own pace, in a way that works for them.” Her website is testament to her point of view. Don’t miss it!

Holiday Language Arts and Free Audiobooks

December 19th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, December 19, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Holiday Zone

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

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

 

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. 

When you are done playing the games at this site, go on over to LibriVox, where you can read/listen to free Christmas audiobooks. 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

Holiday Science

December 18th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, December 18, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HowStuffWorks: How Holiday Lights Work

(christmas.howstuffworks.com/christmas-lights1.htm)

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

 

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.

Here are some more free science resources for some holiday cheer.

Science I.Q. – The Gingerbread Man


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.

Track Santa on Christmas Eve
 
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 (under the link for Secret Santa Files in the NORAD HQ section) you can get the scoop on the science behind tracking Santa including radar, satellites, and jet fighter aircraft!

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 15th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 15, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Moscow Ballet

(www.nutcracker.com/gallery/great-russian-nutcracker)

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

 

Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, set to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, The Nutcracker is a beloved classic Christmas story and one of the most popular and recognized ballets of all time.

At this website, visitors can watch 9 videos of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. The Moscow Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker includes variations of the traditional story which include a setting in Moscow and the inclusion of Russian folk characters.

When arriving at the link, select from the videos including: 

  • The Nutcracker Doll
  • The Snow Forest
  • Dove of Peace
  • Arabian Variation
  • Pas De Deux
  • and more!

If you want to see the Kissy Doll and Harlequin video, use this link instead. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRfsRPfU864) The embedded YouTube videos are mostly about a minute long and can be viewed in full screen mode if you wish. When you have finished watching the videos, learn more about the Great Russian Nutcracker by selecting the “About Us” option in the menu bar, then choose “About the Great Russian Nutcracker” and/or “History of the Nutcracker”.

Visitors can also view videos from other ballets performed by the Moscow Ballet such as Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, by selecting “Gallery”. 

Whether you have an aspiring young ballet dancer in your home or simply want to share the holiday tradition of this colorful ballet, this website will help bring the magic into your home.

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