Posts Tagged ‘electives’

Free Sign Language Lessons, Workbooks, & Quizzes!

April 28th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 28, 2012 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ASL University

The ASL University website offers FREE, online, self-study lessons and resources for students who want to learn American Sign Language!

ASL University started as an online American Sign Language class taught by Dr. Bill Vicars, an Assistant Professor of ASL and Deaf Studies at California State University in Sacramento. He has taken his passion for this topic and transferred it all to this continuously updated website.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes links to:

? First 100 Signs
? Free Lessons
? Dictionary
? Numbers
? Fingerspelling
? Workbook (Practice Sentences)
? Self-Study Schedule 

You’ll even find Jokes, Fingerspelling Art, Advice, and much more.


Fun Spring Activities for the Family!

March 17th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, March 17, 2012 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!
Recommended Website:

Age Range:  All (with parental supervision)

The Vernal Equinox takes place on March 20th. At this ad-supported website you’ll find a variety of easy arts, crafts, and planting activities to welcome Spring!

When you get to the site you’ll find the featured Spring-themed activities that include:

  • Painting Planting Pots
  • Have A Planting Party
  • Make Garden Markers
  • Dandelion Paintbrushes
  • Eggshell Mosaic
  • Make a Rain Gauge

But wait, there’s more!  This site seeks to create a greater understanding of the diversity in the world by providing worldwide cultural information and activities families can do at home. Just click on “Travels” on the menu to learn about the cultures of…

  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Fiji
  • Egypt
  • Ireland
  • Haiti
  • Sweden
  • Japan
  • India

For each country you’ll find a history page, geography page, activities to further learning, and even information on the festivals celebrated in each country. Learn a few words and phrases of the language spoken in the country, and try some traditional recipes too.

This is a great resource for family-centered learning adventures!


Amazing Flying Robots!

March 3rd, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, March 3, 2012 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Agile Aerial Robots

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

I just had to share this incredible video that is essentially a fascinating and entertaining physics tutorial on the development of tiny, autonomous, agile, aerial robots that have many applications – from being first responders in disaster situations to playing musical instruments.
In this 17-minute video filmed for (TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment & Design”), the speaker is Vijay Kumar from the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his students blend computer science and mechanical engineering to create the next generation of robotic wonders.

Watch as the flying quadrotor robots fly through hula hoops, work together to build construction projects, provide 3-D imaging of buildings, and even play musical instruments.

If this doesn’t get you interested in science, physics, engineering, entertainment, and the possibilities they offer – nothing will.


The History & Art of Making Sweethearts Candy!

February 11th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, February 11, 2012 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Smithsonian: History of Sweetheart Candies

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

The Smithsonian recognizes “Sweetheart Candies” as a cultural icon and offers a terrific article on the history of the little Valentine confections. When you’ve finished reading, be sure to click on the link near the top of the page that says, “Ten Out-of-the-Ordinary Valentine’s Day Customs.” It’s sure to ignite a family discussion! (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability of content.)

Then, take a virtual field trip to the Necco’s Candy factory to see how their conversational sweethearts are made. Here’s the link:

Necco: Virtual Plant Tour of Sweetheart Candy Factory

You can make fun Valentine crafts with candy conversation hearts. At you’ll find links to some fun ideas – like Valentine Bingo Cards!. Note: I didn’t review the linked sites. Parents please preview and supervise all Internet use.


How To Create Sound Effects

November 12th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, November 12, 2011, and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Art of Foley

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Fran from Florida recommended this website with a brief introduction to the craft of “Foley” sound effects that uses all kinds of props to create or augment sounds in films.

When you get to the site you’ll see an icon menu at the bottom of the page that includes:

*What is Foley? – A definition of Foley sound effects.

*How It’s Done – Discover how Foley sound tracks are made including the “Moves” (sounds characters make when they move), “Footsteps” (the sound of walking across different surfaces), and “Specifics” (the sounds of things the characters touch, etc.).

*The Story of Jack Foley – Read a short bio about the guy credited with creating this sound effect system.

*A Career In Foley – Find out how the person who created this website got a job creating Foley sound effects.

The site is designed “to educate and inspire those interested in the craft of film sound effects.”

French, Art, & Music Interactives for Kids

October 8th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, October 8, 2011 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Poisson Rouge

Age Range: PreK-10 and beyond (with parental guidance)

This is an ingenious website that helps children (and their families) explore online games and activities that teach about art, music, and languages including French, English, and a little Spanish as well!

This educational website for young children is unlike anything I’ve seen on the Internet. There are no instructions or explanations because the designers believe that it gets in the way of the experience. As explained on the site:

“Most people, even adults, do not read instructions, children who cannot read will ignore written text anyhow…the navigation through the various sections of the site is purposefully simple and intuitive…there is no right or wrong way of using anything on this site.

It’s up to the children to find what they want and to grow their naturally exploring mind. We found that what they don’t discover straight away, they’ll find later, what they don’t know how to do at first, they’ll learn when they are ready and, as many of you know and/or have found out, that is extremely powerful and confidence building.”

That said, the website designers discovered that adults were quite confused by the absence of text so a quick “User Guide” to all the games, activities and animations on the site are provided “for adults only!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a colorful, animated illustration of a child’s room. Just click on the objects to reveal activities and games that teach about concepts such as:

  • French, English, and Spanish Alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Shapes
  • Art
  • Music
  • School of French
  • School of English
  • Optical Illusions

You’ll also find Mix-and-match and drag-and-drop puzzles, coloring pages, concentration games, jigsaw puzzles, and dot-to-dots.

You really have to experience it to understand how much learning content is available – so allow plenty of time to explore the site when you visit.

Another great feature?  This site is commercial free – so you don’t have to worry about random advertising. They do have a store where you can purchase CD-ROMs, notebooks, t-shirts, and more – but you don’t have to purchase a thing to access over 200 entertaining and educational activities.