Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Robert Krampf’s Science Experiments

October 25th, 2016


It’s Tuesday, October 25, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

The Happy Scientist


Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)


This site has free science content that we’ll explore in this review – but you can also become a member ($29.95/year) which allows you to access even more content (specifically, the archives of past newsletters/experiments, and many science videos). We heartily recommend Robert Krampf’s Science Education website.

As for the freebies, when you get to the site you’ll see the list of science videos including: 

  • Definition of a Mineral
  • Paper Petals
  • How They Get the Sparks in a Sparkler
  • Cloud Formation
  • Planets and Pennies
  • and more!

And until October 31, 2016, go to this page to have free access to his Halloween Science videos.

Robert’s experiments are designed to make science fun and understandable. Most are simple enough for very young students, but written to make them fun for adults as well.

Math Problems Solved Instantly

October 24th, 2016


It’s Monday, October 24, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:



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


Webmath solves your math problems instantly. Are you working on a math problem and just can’t figure it out? Do need a fraction converted to a decimal quickly? Do you need to calculate compound interest on that loan? Having trouble with a long division problem? Do you want the definition of a “ratio”? Need help solving a word problem? Want to calculate right triangles? Do you want to find the square root of a number? Would you like help plotting conic sections? This site is for you!

As explained at the website: “Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment. The math answers are generated and displayed real-time, at the moment a web user types in their math problem and clicks ‘solve.’ In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer.”

For example, if the user wants to know how to square the quantity (x+2), Webmath does not just display the answer x2+4x+4, but a step-by-step solution as well. 

How cool is that?

When you get to the site just choose the category for your particular math problem, type it in and let Webmath guide you to a solution.

Bookmark this site, as it not only helps with occasional math problems, but it’s fun to explore. The curious will get all kinds of math practice without any drill work at all.

Learn to Square Dance

October 22nd, 2016


It’s Saturday, October 22, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Video Square Dance Lessons


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


Square dancing has been around for hundreds of years and now you can gather your family and friends together and learn how to square dance with help from the video lessons on this website. Using Mainstream and Plus dance calls, lessons are explained by caller Larry Kraber from the Saddlebrooke Squares dance club in Tucson, Arizona.

There are more than 25 lessons where you will not only learn the positions such as “heads” and “sides” but also calls such as: 

  • Circle left/right
  • Do Sa Do
  • Promenade
  • Allemande
  • California Twirl
  • Different types of “thru”s
  • Sashay
  • Box the Gnat
  • See Saw
  • Bend the Line
  • Various Wheels
  • Swings
  • Waves
  • Acey Deucey
  • Thars
  • Tag the Line
  • Load the Boat
  • And many more fun-named calls.

Each video lesson explains the call while the dancers demonstrate the moves first slowly then as it would be done in a dance.

This website provides those unfamiliar with this dance style a great way to have fun while discovering something new.

U.S. Geography State Map Game

October 20th, 2016


It’s Thursday, October 20, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website: Know Your States


Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)


This website offers a free, challenging, interactive U.S. geography game.

When you get to the site you’ll see a blank map of the United States. Above the map is an outline of a U.S. state (along with its name). You simply drag-and-drop the state to where it belongs on the map.

It isn’t as easy as it may sound, mostly because placing a state in the precise location where it belongs – when there are no boundaries indicated on the map – is a bit tricky! We spent close to an hour playing this game trying to beat our personal top score without success. We had a lot of fun, though.
The “smart” map keeps track of your score, the estimated miles a player is “off” when a state is placed incorrectly on the map, and the time (minutes) it takes to complete the puzzle.

The program varies the order each state is presented with each new game.

This game could prove to be frustrating for younger children. It might help to have a map of the U.S. next to the computer in a more relaxed, learn-as-you-play approach.

CAUTION:  This ClickSchooling review is limited to JUST the U.S. puzzle page at this website. We did NOT review the contents of the rest of the site. Parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content PRIOR to showing any other pages of the site to children. The good news is that the only thing on this page is the map – there isn’t a menu inviting you to click to another page.

Free Alice Computer Programming Software

October 18th, 2016


It’s Tuesday, October 18, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:



Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)


This website offers “Alice” – free educational software from Carnegie Mellon University that teaches students computer programming in a visual, 3-D environment. It makes it easy to create animation for interactive games and videos and much more.

The description from the website best explains it:

Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

In Alice’s interactive interface, students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#. Alice allows students to immediately see how their animation programs run, enabling them to easily understand the relationship between the programming statements and the behavior of objects in their animation. By manipulating the objects in their virtual world, students gain experience with all the programming constructs typically taught in an introductory programming course.

When you get to the site you can read the latest news and media coverage about Alice software and then click on the menu items that include: 

  • About Alice – Explains how Alice works – and provides promotional videos you can watch to better understand how to get started.
  • Downloads – Get Free downloads of the software designed specifically for middle school students and/or high school and college students that will allow you to get started learning computer programming in a fun and engaging way.
  • Teaching – Alice provides instructional materials to support teachers and students in classrooms. Resources include textbooks, lessons, tests, and more that you can download and print out.

NOTE: Some of you may have heard about “Alice” in the context of media coverage about one of the developers, Randy Pausch. Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, died of pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008 at the age of 47, leaving behind his wife and three young children. He gained world-wide attention through an inspirational “Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” in which he recounted how he achieved his childhood dreams of becoming a football player, experiencing zero gravity, and developing Disneyland attractions. There are lessons in his last lecture for all of us. You can view it here. Parents, as always, should preview the lecture to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Interactive Foreign Language Games

October 15th, 2016


It’s Saturday, October 15, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Digital Dialects


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


This website offers a variety of interactive online games that help foreign language learners acquire basic language skills in a relaxed and fun way. Audio files have been incorporated into some of the animations so you can hear the correct pronunciation of the words and sentences.

As explained at the website, you’ll find “The world’s major languages, with a cross-section of languages from diverse regions,” represented including: 

  • Arabic
  • Bosnian
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch/Dutch Advanced
  • English
  • Farsi
  • French/French Advanced/French Geography
  • German/German Advanced/German Geography
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian/Italian Advanced
  • Japanese
  • Maori
  • Norwegian
  • Polish/Polish Advanced
  • Portuguese – European & Brazilian
  • Russian/Russian Advanced
  • Spanish/Spanish Advanced/Spanish Geography
  • Swahili
  • Turkish/Turkish Advanced
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

When you get to the site just click on the language of choice. A new page opens with a selection of games.

Some languages have more than others and the menu may include: 

  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Colors
  • Days and Months
  • Food
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Numbers
  • Phrases & Greetings
  • Units of Time
  • Verbs
  • Verb Conjugation
  • Vocabulary

Geography games that help familiarize learners with the locations of cities in countries are included for just a few of the major languages.

This is a terrific educational tool to enhance learning foreign languages.