Posts Tagged ‘ESL’

Free Grammar Book with Activities & Worksheets

August 24th, 2011

 Hi!  It’s Wednesday, August 24, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!
Recommended Website:
Azar Grammar: Fun with Grammar

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

At this website you can download the book, Fun with Grammar for free and use the activities and games to supplement and enhance any study of grammar.  The games reinforce the correct use of grammar through oral and written activities. 

While designed for ESL classroom use, many of the activities can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment . This book was originally designed to be used with a specific grammar curriculum, but it is not necessary to purchase the curriculum to enjoy and learn from the activities.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of book chapters that cover grammar topics such as:

  • Verbs – Present, Past, and Future
  • Nouns & Pronouns
  • Prepositions
  • Adjectives
  • Passive Voice
  • Gerunds and Infinitives
  • Comparatives and Superlatives
  • ~And More!

Free Access to Animated Books!

January 26th, 2011

Hi! It’s Wednesday, January 26, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Mighty Book Jr.

Age Range: 2-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental guidance/supervision)

ClickScholar Heather recommended this website that is providing access to an archive of award-winning children’s animated read-aloud books, songs, educational videos, lesson plans, and games that promote early childhood literacy – free of charge through 12/31/2011. (It’s a $99 value!)

When you get to the website, click on “Subscribe Now” in the upper right side of the home page. The subscription page will open. Simply enter the coupon code: learntoread (use lower case letters, no spaces).

Then, complete the registration form (by providing your name, email address, user name and password) to get your free subscription. Do not choose a payment option.

Once your registration/subscription is confirmed, log in to the members area to access the archive of over 900 interactives divided into age ranges (2-5, 6-8, and 8-10) that includes:

  • Classic Read-Alongs
  • Fables & Fairy Tales
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Lesson Plans
  • Quizzes
  • Education Videos
  • Songs
  • Books & Songs in Spanish
  • ESL Books & Special Ed Books
  • Games & Puzzles

Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the narrations – ideal for those learning English as a second language. There’s an entire library of books for kids with special needs too.

Note: If the site is very busy, you may experience difficulty using it. Simply bookmark the site and return again when traffic isn’t as heavy.  If you have technical difficulties using the site, please do not contact me. Use the contact form at the website to get answers to your questions, or contact your own tech support service. Thanks!



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Fun Foreign Language Activities

July 10th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, July 10, 2010 and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Apples4TheTeacher: Foreign Languages is a massive ad-supported and subscription website with all kinds of learning resources and tools for teachers and kids. They offer free resources as well.

In fact, I found a selection of free, interactive foreign language games that help kids practice learning American Sign Language, Spanish, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu at the top of the screen that includes the following selection:

*American Sign Language – Type in letters of the alphabet and the hand signs for each letter will appear. Print out sign language flash cards.

*Gaelic (Ireland) Games – The activity here won’t help you learn Gaelic – but it will help you learn about Ireland! You can listen and read along with an ebook about Ireland presented by Irish children. You will hear a sample of a child reading Gaelic too.

*Polish Games – Count backwards from 20 in Polish to reveal a dot-to-dot picture.

*Spanish ESL Games – Designed for Spanish speakers who are learning English words and phrases, this extensive archive of games will work in reverse as well. The more you play, the more you’ll learn! It includes games that teach vocabulary and phrases for:

  • Parts of the Body
  • Clothes
  • Drinks
  • Family
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Routines
  • In the Shops
  • Sports and Pastimes
  • Travel
  • Weather
  • ~ and Many More!

*Spanish Games – Learn the Spanish alphabet, do a dot-to-dot puzzle to practice counting in Spanish, learn the parts of the face, and count backwards in Spanish.

Some of the games allow you to select the difficulty and speed level to customize them for your use.

Catch the Spelling!

October 10th, 2007

Recommended Website:

Catch the Spelling

Note: This site was designed for ESL students, but can be used for grades Pre-K through 8 (approximately). Younger children and non-readers will need parental help.

This site offers a game called “Catch The Spelling” that can help kids
practice spelling and vocabulary skills. Players use the arrows on their computer keyboard to move “the catcher” to catch falling letters in the correct order to spell out a designated word. (You can also use the arrows to increase the speed at which the letters fall to make the game more challenging.)

Test your skills with the Dolch Words for preschool through Grade Three.
Practice spelling the days of the week, months of the year, numbers, colors,
and hundreds of words in all kinds of word categories such as food, time,
sports, verbs, animals, descriptive words, etc. You can even select the
difficulty level of the game you want to play.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of “Catch The Spelling” games.
Under each heading you’ll see a screen shot of the game and below it is a
description. Under that you’ll see a list of games – just click on any one
and a new screen opens and the game begins. There are “help” buttons on each
game that provide instruction on how to play.

I reviewed quite a few of the games, but there are many categories so I
didn’t see them all. Therefore, as always, parents should preview these
games to determine suitability of content.

Read-Along Stories, Songs, Grammar, and More!

March 28th, 2007

Recommended Website:

British Council: Learn English Kids

There is something for everyone here! This nonprofit site originates from
England, so you will notice a few spelling, vocabulary, and pronunciation
differences, but that only adds to the fun. For example, you will learn that
what we call a “shopping cart” in the US is called a “trolley” in the UK. :)
While this site is designed for non-native speakers of English, the online
games are educational for native speakers as well. :)

When you get to the site, the large section in the middle of the page
contains the current featured topics; the menu across the top leads to many
of the best goodies on this site, including an extensive archive of
previously featured topics. On the menu you’ll discover:

  • Games – Some are just plain fun, and some are educational — all focus on word recognition and vocabulary development.
  • Print and Do – Vocabulary flashcards in several categories; these can also
    be used for emergent readers.
  • Songs and Stories – This section features some wonderful songs and stories
    for vocabulary development at three different levels. The easiest level is
    “for your little brother or sister.” :) Note that some of the tunes at this
    level are contemporary (rock) — and the Zoo, Goldilocks, and Bear
    stories/songs contain some visual effects that parents should preview for
    suitability. Don’t miss “In My Plane,” which explains how to correctly form
    numbers. The two higher levels are for elementary and older children. With
    the more advanced stories, there is the option to read with or without audio
    narration. These stories can be navigated by the page numbers at the top of
    the text or by the “next page” arrow at the bottom. (In the football
    [soccer] story, clicking on the page numbers lead to parts of a completely
    different story, so you might want to use the arrows instead.)
  • Get Writing – Practice creating original poetry using virtual refrigerator
    magnets. This is a fun mental challenge, due to the limited number of
    available words, but if you are happy with the result, you can send it in
    (select “mail” and then select “BC Poetry Gallery”), and it might appear in
    this section of the website! (If you see a poem by “Megumi,” it was posted
    by a fellow ClickSchooler. ;) You can also send someone an e-card, review a
    book or film (or read the reviews of other visitors to this site), or try
    their story maker game (a very simple version of the popular game, “Mad
  • Topics – There are a variety of topics available on this site, to make
    English learning interesting and fun, listed here in alphabetical order for
    your convenience.
  • Parents – How to help your child learn English.

But that’s not all! Older students and adults might want to explore many
more games, including online grammar games, plus teacher helps, printable
worksheets, cartoons, business and military sections, and even sister sites
for ESL learners from China or the Middle East by clicking “Home” and
“Central” at the bottom of the page. Note: The cartoons in the adult
(“central”) section aren’t meant for children, so parents are advised, as
always, to preview them to determine suitability.

English Fluency Through Fables

January 15th, 2003

Recommended Website:
Comenius: Fluency Through Fables

This website offers 7 fables with reading comprehension exercises for each one; designed for ESL students, this site also works very well for young children, with adult assistance. When you get to the site choose a fable (i.e., The Donkey and the Grasshopper, The Tortoise and the Hare, etc.) and click on it. A new page opens with the short fable that you can read. Below the fable are four exercises that you can do online that are related to the story. For example: a vocabulary matching exercise, a true/false reading comprehension exercise, multiple choice comprehension exercise, and a written discussion exercise*. Do one or all four. The site no longer checks answers submitted online, but children can complete the exercises and parents can critique the answers. Children who don’t read may enjoy hearing the stories and answering the questions with adult help. Either way, it provides some practice in reading comprehension and vocabulary improvement — a little like drill work, but because it’s on the computer — much more fun!

*Note: The “written discussion” exercise asks you to write a short paragraph on a topic presented in the fable. Then, it invites you to submit your answer to be placed on the discussion board at the website. However, this discussion board is no longer being maintained, so tell your children not to submit their answers here. (It’s a bad idea for them to be giving their personal information online anyway.) Have them write their answers on paper for Mom or Dad to critique.