Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Fun Ways to Practice Spelling

January 16th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AAASpell.com

(www.aaaspell.com/)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, students can study and practice their spelling and vocabulary lists in a variety of fun ways without having to wait for mom to be available. 

Quickly select from the many prepared lists based on the classic McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book, by W. H. McGuffey and use in your lesson planning. You can construct your own lists but when you create a free account you can save and edit your lists and then select them later as needed. 

To start right away, scroll down to “3. Practice AAASpell.com Spelling Lists” on the home page. Click on the link and then choose your grade, then a lesson, then “Click here to practice…” Some of the self-correcting activities that can be utilized are: 

  • Hear and Spell: Listen to the word and then spell it. (Note that only words with available audio will be used for Hear and Spell. Words available with audio are indicated on the sidebar after creating your new list.)
  • Missing Letters: Spell the word correctly by adding one or two letters.
  • Spell the word: The word is shown and the student copies it.
  • Guess the Letters: Find the word by guessing letters.
  • Scrambled Letters: Spell the word correctly by unscrambling the letters.
  • And several other study methods to keep the learning fresh.

Instant feedback is given. If the student answers incorrectly, the correct answer is displayed, reinforcing spelling and vocabulary skills.

Whether practicing spelling lists, exploring new vocabulary, or learning alphabetical order, this website is an excellent addition to your education toolbox.

Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 14th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

(ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/math/)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline.

The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline. The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include: 

  • Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-9 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
  • Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 7-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
  • Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
  • Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-9 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Art
  • Language Arts
  • Drama
  • and more!

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

Fun with Homonyms & More

January 9th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Homonym Game

(homonymgame.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

 

This site is a hoot! A father named Dave and his six-year-old son Isaac collaborated to create this free game to challenge your knowledge of homonyms, homophones, and puns

As explained at the website, “Homonyms are words with the same sound and spelling but different meanings. Homophones are words with the same sound but different spellings and meanings. Puns are homonyms and homophones that are funny.”

When you get to the site, look at the pictures and read the rhymes for clues to guess the right homonym, homophone, or word that solves each puzzle. The original illustrations are pure whimsy, and the rhymes are pretty “punny.”

We tried about 12 or 13 puzzles for this review. We are not sure how many are there in total, so if you visit the site and get to the end, let us know how many are there. 

To learn more about the creators, Dave and Isaac, you can scroll down to the “About This Site” section on any page. And you can even submit your own puns.

This is just too cute for words. Maybe it will inspire you and your kids to design some entertaining learning games too.

Bedtime Math!

January 7th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 7, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bedtime Math

(bedtimemath.org/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-4 approximately, with parental participation and supervision)

 

What an ingenious idea! This website, created by Laura Overdeck, provides a free, daily, Bedtime Math Problem that helps parents give kids a fun opportunity “to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.”

As explained at the website, the Bedtime Math Problem aims to be “fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep. In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.”

You can get your free, daily Bedtime Math Problem directly from the website, harvest it from their Facebook page, or you can subscribe to the daily newsletter that delivers it to your email inbox. (See details at the website.) Each BMP offers three levels of challenge to be used as a rough guideline: 

  • Wee Ones for preschool kids
  • Little Kids for children in grades K-2
  • Big Kids for children in grades 3 and up

This is not a math curriculum, and there’s no one right way to use it. It’s simply a fun idea to help parents and kids enjoy math in small daily doses.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the most recent Bedtime Math Problems posted on the home page. When we visited, there were fun math problems themed around: 

  • Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
  • Words That Make You Cross-eyed
  • Snowballs in Siberia
  • Owls
  • And many more!

Each math story-problem is presented in a fun way that incorporates a little science and history and a lot of humor. They are designed to engage children’s interest immediately. All of the BMPs are archived at the website. You can check out their apps as well.

Free Kids Music

January 5th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 5, 2019, and time for Music  at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Kids Music

(freekidsmusic.com/)

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-7, with parental supervision)

 

Many of the songs you’ll find on this site are from talented, independent children’s music artistsThese are complete songs – not samples. As the website explains, the artists post free music downloads here to introduce you to their music with the hope that if you like what you hear, you’ll buy their tunes or book them for a gig.

When you get to the site you’ll see some information about featured artists and their songs in the center of the screen. Use the menu at the top of the page to view: 

  • Artists 1,2,3,4 – This is an alphabetical listing of artists who have free songs available for download on the site. You may not recognize the names of these artists or bands (for example, Oren and the Hiccups) – but you’re sure to have fun getting to know them and their music.
  • Traditional Children’s Songs – Select classic children’s songs by title such as “The Alphabet Song,” “Do Your Ears Hang Low,” “Found A Peanut,” “Frere Jacques,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “Kumbaya,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and many more.
  • Kids Music Videos – View a selection of independent artist YouTube videos of kid songs.

To check out the available music, click on a song title or an artist’s name and a new page opens where you can access their music in a downloadable MP3 file – and you’ll even find lyrics and chords so you can sing or play along.

Please note: We had trouble downloading the MP3 files per the site’s instruction and received an error message about updating browser and Flash plugin. However, we found this work-around that seemed to do the trick: 

  1. Once the song page opens, locate the audio file under the “Free Song Downloads Section.
  2. Look to the upper right of the frame for the stacked windows icon (pop-up window icon). Select this.
  3. When the new window opens, we were now able to right-click to get the “Save link as” option to be able to download the MP3.

Oh, and if you happen to be a children’s music artist, click on “Promote Your Music” and find out how to get your music featured on this site.

Boost Your Vocab & Feed the Hungry

January 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 2, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freerice

(www.freerice.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers you the opportunity to boost your vocabulary and help end world hunger.

For each word you get correct in the online vocabulary quiz, 10 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations World Food Program to help feed the hungry. The best explanation of the concept comes directly from the website:


Freerice has two goals: 

    1. Provide education to everyone for free.
    2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.
 
Freerice has a custom database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. There are words appropriate for people just learning English and words that will challenge the most scholarly professors.
 
Freerice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.
 
If you have more questions, check out the FAQs at the website. This is an ingeneous idea and it’s lots of fun to participate.

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