Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Learn How to Homeschool

November 21st, 2014

Dear Friend, We’re excited to meet you at this event… The Art of Homeschooling With Veteran Homeschool Moms, Mentors, & Activists: Barbara Phillips and Diane Flynn Keith* Saturday, January 10th, 9:30 AM to 12:30 P.M. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall 2124 Brewster Avenue (at Lowell Street) Redwood City, CA 94062 Are you interested in homeschooling or unschooling? Have you just begun your journey? Are you currently un/homeschooling and need some inspiration? Join us for a fun, informative, and thought-provoking conversation at this all-inclusive, non-sectarian event. What? You say you can’t make it to the live event? If you want to learn more about homeschooling and unschooling see the documentary film, “Class Dismissed.” Diane Flynn Keith is one of the homeschool advocates interviewed in the film that follows a family’s two-year journey from public school to learning outside the traditional classroom walls. Learn more at http://www.classdismissedmovie.com. For those who can attend the live event, here’s what you’ll learn: *Get the Basics – Find out the Legal Ways to Homeschool/Unschool in California including enrollment in a public school/charter school programs, and establishing a private school (and filing the Private School Affidavit) *How to Hack An Education – Where to Find Curriculum and Educational Resources and Opportunities both traditional and unconventional for all grades, ages, interests, and ability levels *Where to Find Community – How to Get Connected with Other Un/Homeschoolers for Support and Socialization including co-op classes, field trips, and social events *How Homeschoolers & Unschoolers Get Into College – with or without doing high school curriculum *How People Successfully Homeschool and Unschool Their Kids (what a day in a life without traditional schooling looks like) Through personal stories and Q&A, get answers to all of your questions or concerns including un/homeschooling children with learning differences, gifted kids, teens, and children of multiple ages, and more! Please arrive early, as we will begin the meeting promptly at 9:30 AM. Doors open at 9:00 AM. This event will be held in the “Social Hall” at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The entrance to the Social Hall is on Lowell Street. The facility is located in a well-maintained residential neighborhood. There is plenty of free street parking around the building. This event is for adults only. Please do not bring children or babes-in-arms. Thank you for your cooperation. Please bring any beverages or snacks needed for your own comfort during the presentation. Space is limited. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ADVISED. There is a small registration fee to defray expenses including room rental and hand-outs: Advanced Registration is $20 per person; Registration at the door (if seating is available) is $25 per person. To Register in advance and save $5.00 click on the link below: http://www.homefires.com/click?artofhsing Sorry, no refunds. If you register and are unable to attend for any reason, you are welcome to transfer your registration to someone else. We will also be happy to email the handout (pdf) to anyone who registers and is unable to attend on the day of the event. Simply contact us after the event and request the handout. Can’t wait to see you there! Please help us get the word out by passing this information along to anyone who may be interested! Thank you! *About the Presenters: Barbara Phillips is a veteran homeschool mom and activist, California credentialed teacher (Montessori certified), and a Reading Tutor and Coach who specializes in helping children with special needs. She has been mentoring un/homeschool families through workshops and presentations for over 20 years. Barbara un/homeschooled her daughter, Rachel, from second grade through high school. Diane Flynn Keith is a veteran un/homeschool mom and mentor, editor of Homefires.com, author of the books “Carschooling” and “Papa’s Pearls,” and has been a popular speaker at homeschool conferences throughout the U.S. Her oldest son was un/homeschooled from second grade through high school, and her youngest son was un/homeschooled from K-12. She enjoys liberating families from conventional schooling to live extraordinary lives. Here’s to your lifelong learning success, Diane Diane Flynn Keith Editor of Homefires.com, Kindling A Love of Learning Through Homeschooling http://www.Homefires.com Author of “Papa’s Pearls: A Father’s Gift of Love and Wisdom To His Children and Grandchildren” http://www.PapasPearls.com To unsubscribe go here: https://go.madmimi.com/opt_out?fe=1&pact=26422648946&amx=7156543500

Free Home School Art Lessons

November 15th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, November 15, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HomeSchoolArts

 

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

 

This site is devoted to providing free art lessons in many mediums to homeschoolers. To get directly to the art lessons simply click on the medium you want to use on the menu that is located on the left side of your screen.
You can choose to have art lessons using:
  • pencil
  • pen & ink
  • color pencil

Other mediums such as Watercolor, Pastel, and Acrylic do not yet provide lessons, but have links to recommended art books. The Oil medium provides a link to another website for lessons.

Click on the medium, then select a lesson. Lessons provide an introduction to the medium along with a list of supplies and materials you should have on hand prior to beginning the lesson. Then, follow the links and click your way through the lesson. The lesson instructions are easy to follow with diagrams, illustrations, and pictures to demonstrate method and technique.

Older students 12 and up should be able to follow the instructions without assistance. Younger students may need some help from Mom or Dad. The site also offers a special section of art activities for kids in K-6.

Parents should probably preview the lessons and assemble the materials needed prior to introducing the lessons to students. Nothing is worse than getting excited about learning art – only to discover you don’t have the materials needed. Plan ahead and your students will learn a lot – and have fun too!

Tunes That Teach Language Arts & More!

November 12th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, November 12, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Music Room

 

Age Range: All (children, with parental supervision)

 

Rote memorization of grammar and spelling rules can be boring and ineffective. When you set rules to music – they are easier to remember. That’s the premise of this site that provides songs that teach language arts rules such as:
  • Contractions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Vowel Rules
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns, Adjectives, & Verbs
  • Spelling Rules
  • Vocabulary
  • and much more
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Language Arts songs – just click on the topic of interest to you and a new page opens displaying the lyrics to the song that is set to familiar music. In most cases, you will hear an audio clip of the music as well. Not only that, some of the titles link to other sites with fun music videos. (Don’t miss the “When Two Vowels Go Walking” song that links to a music video from PBS’ reading program, Between the Lions.)

When you’re through learning about Language Arts, check out the rest of the menu to find songs that help kids learn Math, Science, and Social Studies. There are even “Just for Fun Songs” that include links to other sites with popular children’s music.

In some instances on the site, you will find information about how to purchase some of the music on CD. There is no obligation to purchase to hear most of the musical lessons provided on the site.

Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 11th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

CSI: Forensic Science Web Adventures

 

Age Range: 11-adult (Grades 5-adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series. You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case! If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

When you get to the site, find five CSI cases:

  • Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
  • Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
  • Case Three: Burning Star (Advanced level)
  • Case Four: Bitter Pill (Advanced level)
  • Case Five: Fatal Interactions (Advanced level)

The last three cases are more complicated and require some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources.

Challenging, fascinating and informative! If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.
You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session. One game can take more than an hour to master. 
Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “Fun Stuff” to access:
  • Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems – and more!”
  • Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
  • Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
  • Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.

This site requires all lot of time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

Music Appreciation for Kids

November 8th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, November 8, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Kids Music Corner

 

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

 

This wonderful musical appreciation website, the work of a UK dad, Malcolm Pullan, is all about teaching kids the importance of music. If you are looking for a site to learn the mechanics of music, you will want to search elsewhere, but if you are looking to expose your children to various types of music and composers, this site is the ticket.
  • Why is Music Important?
  • Types of Music
    • Classical Music
    • Jazz
    • Popular Music
    • Folk Music
  •   Composers
    • Classical Composers
    • Jazz Artists

Hover over “About this Website” in the navigation bar to learn about the creator or select “For Grown-ups” or “For Parents and Teachers” from the dropdown for information about the website and the outside links and videos that are provided on the pages. There is even a fun page of jokes written by visitors.

Exposing children to various types of music with the use of this website could open a whole new world to them.

Head under the Sea to Visit a Kelp Forest

November 7th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, November 7, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Monterey Bay

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

At this site you can take a virtual dive in a DeepWorker submersible into the animated kelp beds of Monterey Bay, California, to learn all about the Bay’s native species!
When you get to the site read the welcome message that explains the features offered at the site. Then click on “Kelp Forest” on the menu. A screen pops up and you may choose to take the “Full Version” dive with sound and animation or the “Light Version” without the bells and whistles. Kids will really enjoy this quick tour of the Kelp Forest.
When you surface from your dive, click on “Gallery” on the menu and explore through text and stunning photographs the seaweeds, invertebrates, fish, birds, and mammals that live in the bay.
This is a fun and educational trip the whole family will enjoy!
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