Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Fun Themes Help Kids Read for Pleasure

September 21st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, September 21, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kidsmomo

(www.kidsmomo.com/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8. As always, parents should preview the site and reading recommendations to determine suitability of content.)

 

Two women book publishers (with a great sense of humor and love of children’s books) created this website with activities, videos, and reviews designed to introduce kids to quality books to encourage reading for sheer pleasure in a non-academic mode.

When you get to the site you’ll find a menu that offers: 

  • Reviews by You(th) – Read kid-submitted book reviews, with peer comments and ratings. Submit your own review!
  • Recommended Reads – Enjoy a series of blog posts with long lists of great books to read in a variety of topic/subject categories.
  • Videos & Podcasts – Enjoy listening to kid-friendly chats and watch clever video clips featuring book recommendations.
  • Themes – Get recommendations and reviews for books about boys, series starring girls, poetry, mythology, biographies, foreign lands, and more.

This site offers a clever way to engage kids in the joy of reading for fun and pleasure! Be sure to bookmark it so you can return to see the latest posts, podcasts, videos, and reviews.

Create Your Own Picassohead

September 17th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, September 17, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Picassohead

(www.picassohead.com/create.html)

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

 

What fun! Today’s website offers an artistically-themed twist to the classic children’s game, “Mr. Potato Head.” Instead of designing a new look for Mr. Potato, you can design your own Picasso portrait in the cubist style he helped to make famous.

When you get to the site you will see a canvas and a selection of various cubist images of faces, eyes, noses, lips, ears, eyebrows, hair, etc. Use your mouse to click and drag the images to your canvas to create your masterpiece. Use the color and control tools on the menu at the bottom of your screen to get the desired results. Print it out and hang it up in your home gallery!

Explore the “Space Place” for Kids!

September 13th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, September 13, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA Space Place

(spaceplace.nasa.gov/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

NASA sponsors this non-commercial website to show kids that science, technology, and learning about space are fun and within their grasp. It offers free projects and activities that lead kids step-by-step through challenging subjects such as the electromagnetic spectrum, orbits, gravitational waves, tidal forces, binary and hexadecimal notation, and more. As the website explains, these topics are “treated simply and concisely, with everyday analogies and metaphors, concrete examples, and compelling illustrations.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the Space Place logo and below it a menu of activities that includes:  

  • Explore – Learn about planets, lasers, weather satellites, orbits, gravity, and more through interactive animations, demonstrations, and videos.
  • Do – Build a bubble-powered rocket, make moon cookies, make a relief map, build a physics machine, and whip up some El Nino pudding! You’ll find instructions and illustrations for these hands-on projects.
  • Play – Play interactive games that teach as they entertain. Go on a virtual mission to Jupiter, explore the solar system, compare the sizes of planets, do space-themed crossword puzzles, word searches, and more.

This is a terrific way to engage kids in learning about science through technology.

Fun Sample Interactive Math Games & Tools

September 12th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, September 12, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Brainormous

(www.brainormous.com/)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This is a commercial website that sells downloadable math games and tools. However, Brainormous provides a generous sampling of their products for free – making this site worth a visit if you just want a little random math practice.

When you get to the home page you’ll see a menu that includes:

  • Multiflyer – Multiply your way through the solar system.
  • Math-teroid Multiplication or Division – Use your math skills to keep asteroids from destroying your space station.
  • Addition, Multiplication, and Division Worksheet Creator – Make custom worksheets to practice various math skills.
  • Coloring Page Maker – Create your own space scene, then print it out to color.
  • Gridiant – Place spheres strategically on the grid.

We played one of the Math-teroid games, and even though our time ran out on the sample game, we were able to restart it and play some more. 

If you enjoy the games and/or tools and want more, you can purchase and download them for “home use” for about $5-$10 each. Again, you don’t have to purchase a thing – you can test-drive these programs for FREE.

Sing Along with Favorite Bus Songs and More

September 10th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, September 10, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bus Songs

(bussongs.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Sing along with all your favorite nursery rhyme and kid songs with this website. All songs include the lyrics and most also include a YouTube video of the song that you can sing along with. We did find that some of the video links were not working but don’t let that stop you from browsing through hundreds of great, fun, kid songs.

Use the upper menu to search a specific song, browse the top songs, or select the “Find Songs by Genre” to see songs in categories such as: 

  • Activity Songs
  • Animal songs
  • Holiday Songs
  • Counting Songs
  • Family Movie and TV Songs
  • Food Songs
  • Gross-out Songs
  • Learning Songs
  • Love Songs
  • Lullabies
  • Nursery Rhymes and Songs
  • Patriotic Songs
  • Silly Songs
  • Religious Songs
  • Sports Songs
  • Sing-along Songs

And much, much more.

This is an excellent resource for teaching children some of our favorite childhood songs.

Vocabulary Fun

September 7th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, September 7, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vocabulary.co.il

(www.vocabulary.co.il/)

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

 

Our friends at VocabularySpellingCity.com and Time4Learning.com sponsor this website that provides “One Thousand Free English Vocabulary Building Games” – interactive games to help build vocabulary skills.

When you get to the site you’ll see icons of the most popular vocabulary games including: 

  • Word Search
  • Match Games
  • HangMouse (like Hangman)
  • Letter Blocks
  • Crosswords

Click on any name under the graphic and a new page opens with instructions. Some games allow you to set a difficulty level as well.

Below the game menu on the home page you can find an explanation of how these games help develop vocabulary. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to find more free vocabulary learning games.

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