# Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 14th, 2019

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline.

The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline. The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include:

• Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-9 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
• Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 7-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
• Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
• Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-9 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects:

• Plants
• Animals
• Human Body
• Earth Sciences
• Chemistry
• Physical Science
• History/Social Studies
• Geography/Maps
• Art
• Language Arts
• Drama
• and more!

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

# Drawing Portraits Video Lessons

October 20th, 2018

It’s Saturday, October 20, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Learn to Draw Portraits

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

PARENTAL WARNING: The lessons featured today are on YouTube.com. While the content of the “Learn To Draw Portraits” lessons that we have reviewed are suitable for general audiences, the YouTube format is such that you may see questionable content in the sidebars and/or in the comment section (below the video). Both sections continually change. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should review the lessons WITH their children.

This ClickScholar recommended website offers a series of free lessons on how to draw portraits – no previous experience necessary! The artist who developed this entertaining series prefaces the lessons with lectures that offer scientific explanations on how the human eye and brain perceive light and form. Understanding the science behind the art removes the “mystery” of how to create portraits and makes it seem “doable” for amateurs and reluctant artists.

When you get to the site the lessons are listed to the right. Simply select a lesson, watch the video and enjoy the lecture by this quirky, laid back, and very talented artist-instructor. There are 12 video lessons in all that cover:

• Value and Contrast
• Graphite and Eraser
• Sketching
• Value Shapes
• Measuring

While that short list above may seem mundane – the lecture/demonstrations are engaging and you’ll be drawing portraits in no time at all. We posted the age range as 10 and up, but there are aspects of these video lessons that younger children may enjoy as well with constant parental supervision.

The artist, who introduces himself as “Jason,” is also a speed-painter with a sense of humor. In fact, taking a cue from the popular comedian Jeff Foxworthy, he suggests “you might be a redneck if you finger-paint with barbeque sauce” – and, just for fun, demonstrates how to do it on his YouTube channel, Eclectic Asylum Art.

Better stock up on the BBQ sauce before sharing this video with the kids – they’re sure to want to try it!

# Explore the Life & Times of President Eisenhower

September 21st, 2018

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

Recommended Website:

Eisenhower National Historic Site Virtual Museum Exhibit

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

With this multi-media exhibit from the National Park Service, learn about our 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

When arriving at today’s link, read through the brief introduction then select from the following to view artifacts, see images, read concise informational texts and more:

• Military
• Presidency
• Mamie
• Farm
• Pop Culture

Under this section there is another section of features. It is here that visitors will find the links to the virtual tours of Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Home and cattle operation. Choose one and a new window will open to the tours. For the house tour, use the floor plan map to see the rooms. There are alternate views of the rooms also available on the pages and you can zoom in and out of the room to look more closely. The farm tour provides a labeled colorful drawing of its layout and a few photos of the farm.

Before you leave the site, be sure to check out the other features such as multi-media slideshows and audios, a timeline of Eisenhower’s life and a link to lesson plans.

# Learn to Draw Animals

September 8th, 2018

It’s Saturday, September 8, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

How to Draw It

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

This terrific website provides free, easy-to-follow instructions (complete with illustrations) on how to draw a variety of animals using simple shapes as a base.

When you get to the Google ad-supported site, you’ll see a menu of free drawing lessons. Simply click on the animal you want to learn to draw and a new page opens with the easiest directions imaginable:

• Learn to draw a kitten from a basic pear shape.
• Draw a squirrel using the number “3”.
• Find out how to turn alphabet letters into animals.
• Turn the number “2” into a frog.
• Discover how to turn a couple of bowling tenpins into strolling penguins.

You won’t believe how simple this is – and how satisfying it will be when your kids learn to draw.

# Free science experiments, games and activities

August 28th, 2018

It’s Tuesday, August 28, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Kinetic City

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

Save Vearth (Virtual Earth) from dastardly villains! The National Science Foundation sponsors this AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) website to promote science education in the classroom and at home.

When you get to the site, use the space vehicle at the top left corner of the screen. Click on “Club Car,” and from there select “Our World” to meet the animated crew of virtual kids who live on Vearth (the “virtual” planet Earth). Of course, they are facing a crisis — the possibility of Deep Delete — a wicked plan to destroy Vearth with 16 viruses.

By following the clues, reading scientific explanations for the strange things that are occurring on Vearth, and by doing science lab experiments that will help you solve various mysteries and puzzles, you can discover a solution to save Vearth.

To get started, you will need to choose from either:

1. Lab Car — Select this option to access just the interactive “mind games.”
2. Control Car — To get all of the science content this site has to offer, use this option. Not only are all of the “mind games” included, but there are lab experiments to do.
3. Supply Car — Click on “Deep Delete Trading Cards” to play “Virus Attack”.  The other choices of the Supply Car are “coming soon,” so bookmark the site and check back occasionally to see what’s new!

Once aboard the Control Car, use the top menu button labeled “Pack” to choose from packs labeled: Omega, Phi, Sigma, and Tau. Each pack has four viruses. Select a virus then click on its picture to read a brief synopsis of its threat to Vearth. Then, click the three buttons at the bottom of the screen to watch the villain and his evil henchman reveal their sinister plot of DOOM. To find out what you can do to help foil their evil plan, play the suggested online games and do the science lab experiments and other activities that include drawing, writing, and games involving physical movement. The information you gain from these activities will equip you for the “Mission to Vearth” that will ultimately destroy that virus.

When you first click “Mission to Vearth” you get a chance to earn “Power Points.” If you have logged in (membership is free), you can accumulate the points that you earn, have a chance at having your high scores posted on the site, and advance in rank from “Bug Zapper 2nd Class” all the way up to “Supersonic Virus Stopper!” If you’d rather not join, don’t worry; just click “Later” and proceed to answer the power questions anyway. You’ll still be congratulated for any power points you earn.

And don’t miss the heart-pounding arcade-style game to evaluate what you have learned, before you move on to the next virus! In “Bug Blaster,” crash into and destroy viruses, gain more fuel by answering questions correctly, and avoid obstacles which may reduce your shield strength. (Watch out! This game ends when you run out of either time, fuel, or shield strength.) Some viruses are destroyed by “Smart Attack” instead, a fast-paced matching game. Try to rack up points by matching as many facts as possible before you run out of lives or time.

Bookmark this site so you can return repeatedly to do the succession of activities in this entertaining Internet quest for science knowledge.

# Learn to Draw

August 18th, 2018

It’s Saturday, August 18, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Easy Drawing Guides

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

This ad-supported website provides oodles of step-by-step drawing tutorials for animals, plants, cartoon characters and more. Most of the tutorials include video and online instruction.

The homepage provides some topical samples of the lessons with “See More” links under the categories including:

• Popular Drawing Ideas – cartoon flowers, a horse head, cartoon characters and much more
• Latest Easy Drawing Tutorials – Find the most recent tutorials here.
• How to Draw Animals – dogs, cats, forest creatures and other mammals, birds, fish and sea life, fantasy creatures and more
• How to Draw Cartoons – T.V. characters, Star Wars, Disney, Japanese manga, super heroes, and more
• How to Draw Flowers – from daisies to sunflowers and everything in between as well as trees, bushes, fruit and vegetables
• How to Draw People – characters, body parts and more
• How to Draw Things – food, instruments, transportation, buildings and all kinds of random things
• Other Drawing Guides – things that may not have fit into other categories such as emojis, symbols, landscapes, weather and much more

Visitors can browse the collections or use the search engine to see if there is a tutorial for something specific. Drawing lessons also include texts about the subject.

If you subscribe to their newsletter you will receive a PDF Learn to Draw Animals ebook as well as the ability to download the lessons.