Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Free Cup Stacking Tutorial Videos

December 6th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, December 6, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Speed Stacks

(www.speedstacks.com/learn/?lang=en)

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

 

Cup Stacking (also known as Sport Stacking and Speed Stacking) is an amazing sport of fitness, agility, concentration and quickness.

Essentially, cup stackers take matching cups of any shape or size, and stack them in pyramids and then unstack them at an unusually high rate of speed.

At this website you can explore this craze and watch cup stacking tutorial videos. Learn how to speed stack – a fun sporting idea that can be done indoors or outdoors to satisfy that P.E. requirement.

When you get to the site you’ll see the introduction video and 7 other “How To” training or rules videos you can watch for free. 

This is a commercial site that sells stacking cups, mats, and various other paraphernalia – but you don’t have to buy a thing to watch the tutorials.

If your kids think this looks like fun, a set of stacking cups may make great stocking stuffers!

Free Math Enrichment Games and Problems

December 5th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, December 5, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NRICH

(nrich.maths.org/)

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

 

This website is a project of the math faculty at The University of Cambridge and provides FREE math games, interesting problems, and helpful materials that are suitable for students of a wide age, ability, and grade range.

Don’t be deceived by the simple look of the home page – this site harbors a rich resource bank with thousands of fun and fascinating math challenges and printable materials that will engage your students while helping to develop problem-solving and mathematical thinking skills. Read the introduction, then, click on the icon for the grade level you are interested in to find an assortment of math activities. Be sure to click on the link to the “Help Section” as it really explains the most beneficial way to use the site.

Note: Because this is a UK website, some of the references may be unfamiliar particularly when it comes to money. Parents can easily guide children to substitutions so they can do the exercises.

Bookmark this website – it is updated with new material regularly.

Say “Merry Christmas” in Different Languages

November 26th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 26, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holidays: The Voices of Christmas

(www.holidays.net/christmas/voices.htm)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website lets you listen to the different ways “Merry Christmas” is said around the world.

Scroll down through the page, click on the audio play button for country of choice, and hear the Real Audio file of “Merry Christmas” and other related holiday greetings in: 

  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Spanish
  • French/Creole
  • German
  • Welsh
  • Romanian
  • Finnish
  • Vietnamese
  • Hungarian
  • Russian
  • Greek
  • And more.

The words are also written out so you can try to follow along. This is a fun way to introduce the whole family to the many languages of the world!

Warning: This is an ad-supported website and there could be pop-up ads on this website. Turn on your pop-up and spam blocker when you visit this site to avoid the nuisance.

Games & Activities for Emerging Readers

November 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 23, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Roy The Zebra

(www.roythezebra.com/)

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This site provides an archive of free interactive language arts games and literacy resources to help emerging readers learn to read

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured activities that include “Guided Reading Stories” starring your host, Roy the Zebra, as well as “Interactive Reading Games” that help teach concepts such as: 

  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capital Letters
  • Consonant Blends
  • High Frequency Words (Days, Months, Numbers, Colors)
  • Singular or Plural
  • Long Vowel Phonemes
  • Sentence Structure
  • Tricky Words
  • Words that Rhyme
  • Words Within Words
  • And more!

The simplicity of this site makes learning the basic skills for reading lots of fun for kids. Non-readers will need assistance.

In addition to playing the games, you can help your children read the interactive story book about Roy the Zebra and his escape from a zoo. The stories come with free, printable discussion and literacy worksheets.

If you read the stories, you’ll discover that Roy the Zebra loves to sing. Use the menu to click on “Songs” to hear Roy singing his faves.

In addition to all of the freebies here, the site does sell reading software, books, etc. However, you are under no obligation to buy anything to easily access the free stories and games.

Free, Fun Science Experiments

November 15th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 15, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Joey Green-The Mad Scientist

(www.joeygreen.com/madscientist/index.html)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website has 7 fun science experiments that you can do at home for free. (You can download 100 Experiments for $2.99!)

When you get to the site you’ll see the 7 highlighted experiments: 

  • Balloon Rocket
  • Edible Glass
  • Fried Marbles
  • Magic Crystal Garden
  • Plastic Milk
  • Seesawing Candle
  • Underwater Fireworks

Click on any one and a new page opens outlining the materials you’ll need, and how to perform the experiment. 

NOTE: There are randomly generated Google advertisements that may be inappropriate for young children. Parents should not only preview the site, but supervise any exploration of the site. Better yet, parents can visit the site, print out the experiment, trim the ads (if needed), and do the experiments offline with their children.

Science Postcards

November 8th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Postcards

(www.sciencepostcards.com/)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website from New Zealand encourages development of scientific exploration through children’s literature. The idea is to read one of the recommended books, and then the “teacher” sends a “Science Postcard” themed around that book title to a student. Upon receiving the postcard, the student is inspired to engage in a science activity that relates to the book they just read. The science activity is downloadable/printable at the Science Postcard website after registering.

There are eight, free science postcards and activities that include: 

  1. Book Title: Duck in the Truck – Science Activity: “Science Friction” (Forces)
  2. Book Title: Sidewalk Circus – Science Activity: “Shadow Secrets” (Light)
  3. Book Title: Cork on the Ocean – Science Activity: “Traffic Light Straws” (Density)
  4. Book Title: The King’s Bubbles – Science Activity: “Bubble Magic” (Forces)
  5. Book Title: Tarawera’s Pink Terrace Children – Science Activity: “Fiery Eruptions” (Volcanoes)
  6. Book Title: Mrs. McGinty and the Bizarre Plant – Science Activity: “Flight for Life” (Seeds)
  7. Book Title: Ruby Sings the Blues – Science Activity: “No to Noise” (Sound)
  8. Book Title: Bright Star – Science Activity: Moon Strike (Space)

All of the Science Postcards are available for free at the site. The Teacher and Pupil notes for the first book mentioned above, “Cork on the Ocean,” and the Science activity “Traffic Light Straws” are available free (without registering). All other Teacher and Pupil notes can be downloaded for free, once you have registered on the site.

We registered and noticed that you MUST fill out the “comment” field in order to complete the registration. We simply typed, “Thanks.” That did the job.

Of course, it wouldn’t be necessary to print out a postcard and send it to your children – you could simply do the activities. On the other hand, it might be fun to send the postcard to them (kids love to get mail). Or, you could place one in a conspicuous place somewhere in the house where they are sure to see it and wonder what it is.

This is a fun way to engage kids in science projects that tie into the books they enjoy reading.

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