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Free Literature Study Guides & More!

November 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SparkNotes-Literature Study Guides

(www.sparknotes.com/sparknotes/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a stunning array of free study guides which you can sort by title or author spanning from A to Z. You can read most of the study guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading

In the side menu, other Language Arts categories are: 

  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Literature! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

June 25th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, June 25, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SparkNotes

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a menu of free online study guides in a variety of subject categories. You can read most of the Study Guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. To give you an idea of what you can expect in the field of Language Arts, you’ll find: 

  • Literature – A stunning array of free study guides for book titles spanning from “Across Five Aprils” to “Walden.” Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading.
  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analyses of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.
  • Writing – A remarkable grammar glossary with easy-to-find answers on everything from proper usage of commas and semicolons to superlatives and more.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Language Arts! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

Free Homeschool Record Keeping!

August 7th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, August 7, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Homeschool Skedtrak

Age Range: 4-18 (Designed for homeschool parents to track activities for grades PK-12.

While I usually stick to recommending sites that enhance learning about reading, spelling, grammar, and writing on “Language Arts” day, I couldn’t resist sharing this free resource, developed by a homeschool family, that enables you to track your homeschool course of study and activities for free.

I know that keeping records is a big concern to many homeschool parents, especially once the kids hit the high school years and need to create transcripts for college. While this site is designed with homeschool parents in mind, older students can use it for record-keeping purposes and get some practice using their language arts skills as well. Even unschoolers can use this system to track learning opportunities and interests they have explored as well. 

The description provided at the Homeschool Skedtrack website explains it all:

“Homeschool Skedtrack is a *FREE* online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.”

Features include:

  • easy record keeping from PK-12 for each student
  • worry free data back-up
  • flexible scheduling of your child’s activities/lessons per year, per month, per week or as you go
  • automated tracking of total number of hours/days completed
  • scheduling and tracking of field trips
  • a school calendar for each student
  • tests recording
  • automated grade calculation
  • report card generation in pdf format
  • transcript generation in pdf format ( two columns or by subject )

There are even video tutorials at the site to explain how to use the Homeschool Skedtrack program.

Not only that, this site offers a database of educational websites (many that have been recommended by ClickSchooling over the years).  Not only does the database include websites on various subject topics such as math, science, music, homeschool resources, etc., it allows the users/visitors to rate the sites which can be helpful in determining overall usefulness.

Bookmark this one to return often!

 

Free Art Guides for Families!

July 28th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, July 28, 2012, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

National Gallery of Art: Kids

Age Range: 6 and up (Designed for kids, and every member of the family.)

The National Art Gallery offers this fantastic website with activities to help kids and their families gain an appreciation for Fine Art. They are always adding terrific new content making it worth visiting again and again – so, bookmark it now. 

When you get to the site you will see featured art activities to do online. For example:

*Faces & Places – A two-part interactive exploration of American folk art. Kids can create portraits featuring a lively cast of characters and construct panoramic landscapes while listening to traditional folk music.

*BRUSHster – An interactive painting machine that lets you create and paint your own colorful abstract art.

*Interactive Dutch Dollhouse – Paintings by well-known 17th-century Dutch artists “spring to life as you mix and match colorful  characters, create decorative objects, and explore the kitchen, living quarters, artist’s studio, and courtyard of this interactive Dutch Dollhouse.”

*Jungle – Inspired by the paintings of French artist Henri Rousseau, this activity lets you create an imaginary landscape. “Mix and match colorful characters, control the environment by changing weather and lighting conditions, or construct flowers, trees, and plants using special tools.”

DON’T MISS THE FREE FAMILY GUIDES!  You’ll find them about 1/2 way down the menu on the left side of the home page. These beautiful full color guides (pdf) can be downloaded and printed to provide fun art appreciation activities at home and include:

  • American Art
  • Dutch Art
  • Italian Art

You can also download back issues of the Inside Scoop that highlights special exhibitions at the NGA featuring various artists such as George Bellows, Jan Steen, and Pablo Picasso.

This is a remarkable FREE resource that allows you to indulge your artistic curiosity and creativity!

 

Free History Audios & More!

June 21st, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, June 21, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Learn Out Loud: History

Age Range: 11 and up (middle school, high school, and beyond, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this commercial website that offers a vast array of free history audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and video resources that you can listen to or watch online

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the free history resources that include:

  • What Started World War I Lecture
  • Patrick Henry Speech
  • Gettysburg Address Audio
  • Susan B. Anthony Speech
  • Jamestown, Virginia History Lecture
  • Byzantine Empire History
  • History of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • And Many More!

When you’re through exploring the history list, check out the other “Free Online Learning on Audio & Video” titles offered in other subjects including:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Languages 
  • Literature
  • Philosophy 
  • Science
  • Technology
  • And More!

Again, this is a commercial site where you can purchase audio/video downloads, but they offer this amazing archive of free online learning titles absolutely free. 

BONUS:  You can sign up to receive the “Free Resource of the Day Emailsthat provide one free audio or video learning title. The email is sent out Monday through Friday and is a great way to stay informed about new audio & video educational content that is added to the site.

 

Free Homeschool Record-Keeping

September 9th, 2009

Recommended Website:
Homeschool Skedtrak

Age Range: Hard to say. :) Designed for homeschool parents to track activities for grades K-12, but older students can certainly use it to track their schedules and keep their own records.

Today is Language Arts Day at ClickSchooling. While I usually stick to recommending sites that enhance learning about reading, spelling, grammar, and writing on this day — I couldn’t resist sharing this free resource, developed by a homeschool family, that enables you to track your homeschool course of study and activities for free.

I know from conducting numerous Homeschool 101 presentations, that keeping records is a big concern to many parents — especially once the kids hit the high school years and need to create transcripts for college. While this site is designed with homeschool parents in mind, older students can certainly use it for record-keeping purposes — and get some practice using their language arts skills as well.

You don’t have to be a school-at-homer to keep records. This system will allow unschoolers to keep track of the many learning opportunities and interests they have explored as well.

ClickScholar Theresa recommended Homeschool Skedtrack when she forwarded the description from the site that says it all:

“Homeschool Skedtrack is a *FREE* online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.” Features include:

  • Easy record keeping from K-12 for each student of daily activities/lessons per course
  • Worry free data back-up
  • Scheduling and tracking of field trips, vacations, and holidays
  • A school calendar for each student
  • A resource list per course
  • Tests recording
  • Automated grade calculation
  • Report card generation in pdf format
  • Transcript generation in pdf format

There are even video tutorials at the site to explain how to use the Homeschool Skedtrack program.

Not only that, this site offers a database of terrific educational websites (many that have been recommended by ClickSchooling over the years). Not only does the database include websites on various subject topics such as math, science, music, homeschool resources, etc., it allows the users/visitors to rate the sites which can be helpful in determining overall usefulness.

Bookmark this one to return often!

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