Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Free Typing Lessons and Games

May 25th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeTypingGame.Net

(www.freetypinggame.net/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides free touch-typing lessons as well as practice games and tests.

When you get to the site use the display menu or the menu tabs at the top of the screen to access:

  • Free Typing Lessons – Use your computer’s keyboard and follow the simple instructions on the site to learn to type. The interactive program teaches 2 keys at a time, starting with the “home row.” Beginners will find a proper hand placement guide too.
  • Free Typing Games – Choose from several different interactive, fun, arcade-like games that reinforce typing skills. For example, play “Meteor Typing Blast” and protect your spaceships from meteors and hostile UFOs – by using your typing skills to blast them out of the universe! Or for something a little less intense, try “Save the Sailboat Race.” Type the falling letters before they land on the boats and ruin the race!
  • Free Typing Tests – Get an accurate word per minute assessment of your typing ability. The tests have timer options of 1 to 5 minutes. When you’re through, submit your speed on the world wide scoreboard for all to see. Or print out a certificate with your name and typing speed.

Bookmark this one to return often.

Online Science Museum

May 24th, 2016

It’s Tuesday, May 24, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Collections Online – Science Museum Group

(www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/onlinestuff/subjects.aspx)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the Science Museum in London, England, provides all kinds of fun and fascinating exhibits that allow you to explore many science topics including: 

*    Physics and Math

*    Space

*    Transportation

*    Energy

*    Engineering

*    Environment

*    Medicine and Biology

*    Chemistry and Materials

*    Communications and Computing

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of online exhibits presented with interesting text and photographs to help you learn about:

*    the human brain

*    steam

*    atomic clocks

*    Marie Curie

*    mass consumption

*    Ada Lovelace – the world’s 1st computer programmer

*    aviation

*    genes

*    the human life cycle

*    the inventor of the gas mask and the 3-way traffic signal

*    and much, much more!

When you’re through exploring the various “Subjects” use the menu to explore:

•    Objects – See an archive of common and unusual things that science made possible.
•    People – Read the biographies of science personalities.

Bookmark this site because you’ll never see the volume of content here in just one visit.

Free Classical Math Curriculum from 1878

May 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Monday, May 23, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DonPotter.net

(www.donpotter.net/education_pages/math.html)

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

 

This very plain website houses a most unusual math resource. It has a downloadable arithmetic book from 1878! Even if you have a fabulous math program already, it is fun to look at and see what kids learned from over 135 years ago.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction explaining that the book, “First Lessons In Arithmetic,” was published in 1878 and handed down from one generation to the next by the Potter family. Don Potter decided to put the antiquated volume on the net because, “This math book will provide home school parents…a incomparable tool from the past to help their students master the fundamentals of arithmetic.”

Chapters on the menu include: 

  • Counting & Addition
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Notation and Numeration
  • Advanced Addition & Subtraction
  • Long Multiplication
  • Long Division
  • Money, etc.

Click on any chapter, and a .pdf file opens with problems and instructions, accompanied by illustrations sure to create nostalgia for a bygone era. In addition to the free textbook, Mr. Potter offers a few other links to math resources on this site as well.

Step Right Up to Learn the History of the Circus

May 19th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 19, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Circuses and Sideshows

(www.circusesandsideshows.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

May 19th is Circus Day. Explore the history of American circuses and sideshows, the performers and the owners with this website.

When arriving at today’s link, read the brief introduction, then select where you want to begin your adventure using the images and links on the left sidebar: 

  • American Circuses – Discover the history of well-known circuses such as Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey, Dailey Bros. Circus and many more.
  • Famous Circus Performers – Learn about those performers who made their circus shows amazing including clowns, acrobats, human cannonballs, trapeze and tightrope artists, animal tamers and much more.
  • Circus Owners and Staff – Examine the lives of the men and women who owned circuses.
  • Circus Life – a brief overview of life in a circus
  • Circus Sideshows – Find out what a sideshow is and see some sideshow crews.
  • Sideshow Performers – See images of different sideshow performers from the past.
  • Circus Candy Butchers – Discover what a “candy butcher” is and their importance to the survival of the circus.
  • Circus Lingo and Slang – a glossary of circus terms
  • Circus Movies – an affiliate-linked list of movies about the circus
  • Circus Train Wrecks – a list of circus train wrecks and some statistics about them
  • Circus News – news and announcements related to circuses
  • Circus Links and Resources – Looking for more information about circuses? Check this section.

Each page includes text and images about the topic. Look for the red circle with the question mark in it for interesting trivia and a magnifying glass that will allow for a larger view of the image.

This website will provide an fascinating window into circus life and a fun departure from typical history studies.

Learn About Shakespeare – Online!

May 18th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 18, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shakespeare Online

(www.shakespeare-online.com)

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

 

This website offers all of Shakespeare’s works online along with articles and analysis of his life and works – and much more.

The site is produced by Amanda Mabillard who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alberta in Canada and focused on Shakespeare and Renaissance political philosophy in both undergraduate and graduate school. She also happens to be the Shakespeare Guide on About.com, so some of her articles link to material posted there.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured content in the center of the screen including a link to “Why Study Shakespeare”?

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access all of his plays and sonnets along with analysis, plots, a biography of Shakespeare scholars, and a fun selection of Shakespeare quizzes.

Use the menu on the right side of the screen to get the answer to the question of the day, see the featured quote, the word of the week, and more.

The content here is comprehensive and a terrific resource for homeschool families. Bookmark this one so you can return often.

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 17th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

As the website states, “Out in nature, they’re just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes and yards, then we call them pests. So come explore the world of pests. Then use your new knowledge to outwit the pests in your world.” Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters. You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists. Click on the “continue” button to examine the “Pest Guide from A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes. Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Pest Games – Play interactive games like “Name That Pest!” that test your knowledge of the critters in the “Pest Guide.”
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for a wide grade-range that feature insect anatomy, native habitats and behaviors of insects and rodents, info on termite specimens and colonies, and learn how to prevent an infestation. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy.
  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.
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