Posts Tagged ‘education’

Free Money Lessons for Kids

September 14th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, September 14, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Centsables (http://www.centsables.com/)

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free information for kids featuring animated superheroes who teach sound fiscal responsibility through their adventures.

Your kids can raise their financial I.Q. as they learn: 

  • Where money comes from
  • How to operate an ATM, write a check, and create a budget
  • How to save and invest money
  • How to wisely spend and share money

When you get to the site, click on menu items at the top of the page to access the different sections that include: 

  • Bios – Click on any one of the six animated character’s to read their bios and learn their “superpowers” such as controlling liquid assets. Then, read the bios of villains such as “Credit-Tor” who lures you into accepting tempting credit card offers.
  • Lessons – You’ll find 4 lesson topics that provide basic info on money, how to earn money, how to save and invest money, and information on the stock market. Click on any one, and a new site opens with the complete lesson.
  • Comics – Read fun stories starring the financial superheroes that reinforce your financial education.
  • Activities – Access arcade-type games as well as coloring sheets, crossword puzzles, word searches, and Sudoku puzzles that extend the learning.

In addition, you’ll find a glossary of terms used in the lessons and stories at this site. There’s good content here that’s presented in an engaging way for the target age-range.

Patriot Day Resources

September 10th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, September 10, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Patriot Day Resources

(http://www.uen.org/core/socialstudies/patriotday/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this link from the larger Utah Education Network, you will find lesson plans, general information, and videos related to the September 11th, 2001 attacks on America.

Downloadable PDF lesson plans include: 

  • Tips for Talking to Children about 9/11
  • Responding and Remembering Through Art
  • Students’ Response to 9/11: A Documentary Report
  • A Hero’s Gear
  • Tribute Art and 9/11
  • Remembrance and Memory as Seen Through the Eyes of Artists
  • Spirit of Volunteerism: 9/11 and Beyond

There is also a lesson plan: September 11th – Personal Stories of Transformation, that includes a set of 8 moving videos that focus on the impact and subsequent outcome of the events of 9/11 on 10 people’s lives. There are discussion questions interspersed throughout the presentations to encourage students to think about what they are seeing and hearing.

In the General Information section there are a lot of primary resource materials as well as links to other websites that explore 9/11.

Please note that the videos in the Videos in eMedia section are only available to Utah educators and students with their Pioneer Library access log in information.

These resources would be great to use for a short study to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 or to supplement your modern history studies.

Pre-Writing, Spelling, & More!

September 9th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, September 9, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Parent Child Education

(http://parentchildeducation.com/category/topics/beginning-writing/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website contains many, many engaging FREE lessons with video instruction on handwriting, spelling and more.

Here are some of the lesson titles available at the site: 

  • Pre-Writing – Activities which will help develop the fine motor skills in your child’s hand when holding a pencil – also find a link to a proper pencil grip video!
  • Conventional Writing – Activities, tips and techniques you can use with your child to help them learn handwriting
  • Look at the top menu bar to locate Spelling Tips and Activities – Get advice and fun activities that help kids learn and practice.

Once you’ve used these, return to the top menu bar to find: 

  • Art Projects
  • Reading Activities
  • Math Activities
  • Science Activities
  • Social Studies Activities

When you take the time to explore this site, you’ll be rewarded with lots of terrific free lessons that include: 

  • Step-by-step instructions with video illustrations
  • A materials list
  • Activities, games or books to reinforce the lesson
  • Brain research based, kid-friendly content
  • Information on different learning styles and approaches to learning to help parents better understand their child’s needs

Summer Solstice and Summer Projects!

September 4th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, August 4, 2015, and time for Science at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Websites:

 

See below.

 

Age Range: 2-18 (Grades Pre-K-12, varies by website; children with parental supervision)

 

Age Range: 8-17 (approx.)

This website offers a tutorial on the summer solstice in both English and Spanish. From the menu bar, you can choose the level of information you want – including “Beginner” (simple info with large type), “Intermediate,” and Advanced (small print, in-depth content).

Age Range: 2-7 (approx.)

In addition to a very simple explanation of the Summer Solstice, you find a list of Summer Reads for young children, discover how to make your own sun or a sun catcher, get a list of 7 summer activities, learn to make fun ice blocks, popsicles, and more!


Age Range: 5-13 (approx.)

This site is designed with educators in mind and includes a wide array of brain-boosting activities and lessons all themed around summer. For example, you’ll find a great lesson plan all about mosquitoes, ticks and other summer pests called, “What’s ‘Bugging’ You?” – and much, much more!

FactMonster: The American Summer Guide


Age Range: All (Varies according to topic or activity.)

This guide includes all kinds of information. Learn the origin of “Dog Days of Summer,” and the history of Summer Vacations, and the science behind the Summer Solstice. (Did you know that “solstice” comes from the Latin for “sun stands still”?) Learn about the rise and fall of roller coasters, get a BBQ Primer, take an Ice Cream Quiz, watch kid-submitted videos of fireworks and more!

UniversalPreschool: Summer Learning Fun


Age Range: 2-7 (approx.)

Get suggestions for planting a summer garden, how to eat hot dogs with the help of an Octopus (!), fun water games, and get a recipe for sidewalk chalk.

UniversalPreschool: Summer Activities for Little Ones

Age Range: 2-7 (approx.)


Author Marty Layne tells you how to brighten every summer day with these gentle, loving, playful activities.

History In An Hour

June 25th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, June 25, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

History In An Hour (http://www.historyinanhour.com/)

 

Age Range: 4-Adult (Grades 9-adult, children with parental supervision)

 

If you are looking for brief, accurate, and well-researched history accounts, then this website run by series editor and author Rupert Colley might just be the ticket. The site’s tag-line, “History for busy people” sums up the premise of this website’s purpose.
While the articles are written as blog posts, the search engine at the top of the page makes it easier to refine your search. You can also browse articles by the following topics found in the upper menu under “Blog”: 
  • All
  • On this day in history. . . (currently doesn’t appear to be working properly)
  • American History
  • Black History
  • Book Reviews
  • Classical History
  • Cold War
  • Historical Writing
  • Historiography
  • History of Medicine
  • Inter-war Years
  • Ireland
  • Islam
  • Interviews with Historians
  • Medieval History
  • Nazi Germany
  • Royal History
  • Stuart Britain
  • Soviet Union/Russia
  • Tudors and Reformation
  • Victorian History
  • Women in History
  • World War II
  • World War I
Because the articles are quick reads and information is presented in an interesting way in bite size pieces, this is a good place for those with little time or who otherwise would moan over the thought of learning history. Most of the stories have accompanying images to enhance the story. While not your typical education resource, this website does a good job of keeping the readers’ attention and good place to go for those reluctant history students.

Summer Solstice and Summer Projects!

June 16th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PBS Parents – Summer Science Projects

(http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/science/tips/summer-science-projects/)

 

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

In 2015, the summer begins with the solstice on June 21 at 12:38 P.M. EDT. This year, Father’s Day is also celebrated on the 21st!
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice). In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer.

This summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Look at this nifty Sunrise and sunset calculator located at FarmersAlmanac.com for how many hours of sunlight you’ll get at your location.

PBS Parents, along with a wonderful article from Science Buddies, offer some fun summer projects for kids. When you get to the website enjoy reading the article and learn about fun summer projects like: 

  • Really Big Bubble Makers
  • Bird Feeders
  • Sun Prints
  • Newspaper Kites
  • Silly Putty
  • Salt/Cloud Dough
  • Ooblek/Slime/Gak/Flubber
Don’t stop there though! Continue by investigating the sidebar links to find: 
  • Science Milestones for Kids
  • More Science Activities
  • Science Games
  • Science Tips
There is a lot to explore at the top menu too. Start with the “education” button and return often for more ideas.
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