Posts Tagged ‘grammar’

Get ready for World Read Aloud Day!

January 30th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BooksInTheClassroom.com

(www.carolhurst.com/profsubjects/reading/readingaloud.html)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K – 9, with parental supervision)

 

Friday, February 1, 2019, is World Read Aloud Day! Developing a love for reading within your children could be as easy as reading aloud to them regularly.

When you read aloud you show your children that YOU feel that reading is an important part of your life. Taking the time to discuss the text or problem solve the character’s current dilemma or even guessing the end to a good book can help to strengthen their ability to concentrate for a period of time, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves clearly. When we continue the practice of reading aloud past the early years to our children we see their vocabulary, language, grammar and writing skills prosper. Children can become aware of other places and other lives through the books we read to them. The benefits are enormous – reading aloud creates life-long readers

We located a wonderful list of recommended titles for reading aloud. It should be noted that even though there is a lot of good information here the purpose of this website is to sell books, though you are not required to purchase any. You can check out these titles at any library and still use them in the ways suggested. 

When you get to this ad-supported website, you’ll find an interesting article about reading aloud to students. The article is written to classroom teachers and discusses the beginning of the school year but all of the information contained here is easily adapted to homeschoolers. On the left sidebar you’ll see a list of read-aloud titles categorized by curriculum area and grade. Each title comes with a short synopsis of the book and springboard ideas to other reading selections. One of the things we like best about this list is that the author takes time to help the “instructor” (in this case, we, parents) to understand how and when to progress to more complex books.  

Don’t stop on the Read Aloud page though. Bookmark this site and come back often to use the many free resources for teaching children, preschool through middle school, across the curriculum.

Free Spelling Course

January 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 23, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cozy Grammar – Free Spelling Course

(www.cozygrammar.com/course-descriptions/#spelling-description)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website that sells Language Arts curriculum packages developed by a long-time classroom teacher, offers a free, thirty-six week spelling course appropriate for the 7th grade level.

When you get to the site, sign up to enroll and review “How This Course Works” for directions and tips on the best way to tackle the course that includes: 

  • Pre-Test
  • Exercises
  • Dictation Sentences
  • Final Test

The lessons cover: 

  • Plural Nouns
  • Suffixes
  • Prefixes
  • Doubling The Final Consonant
  • Possessive Forms
  • Contractions
  • Capitals
  • Letters and Syllables
  • Special Words (i.e., Compound Words, Root Words, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms)

You’ll also find a list of “Spelling Rules” that may be handy to print out and have around the house.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Math

January 21st, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 21, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MLK Math

(www.superteacherworksheets.com/martin-luther-king.html)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born January 15, 1929.

King was an African-American minister who led massive, peaceful demonstrations leading to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. He believed in equality for people of all races, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination in the United States. 

This site has an excellent selection of free worksheets, BUT in order to get everything on the site, a paid membership is required. There are loads of resources that are free to use without a membership – you just need to poke around to locate them.

The free Martin Luther King, Jr. items are: 

  • M.L.K. Article – Easy Reading and
  • M.L.K. Math – Adding (Basic)

Download the PDFs and learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Then check out the left side bar for all the topics in math. Click on any topic and a new page opens with an extensive menu of printable worksheets to choose from on that topic for a wide range of ability levels. Look for the word “Free” highlighted in yellow to find the worksheets that are available without membership/registration.

When you’re done with math, you can explore the assortment of reading, spelling, grammar, writing, and social sciences worksheets as well. Again, look for the word “Free” (highlighted in yellow) to print/download worksheets free of charge. Plus you’ll find a Teacher Helpers section with free printable award certificates, sticker charts, and more.

This is a commercial website that sells books of worksheets and other teaching tools, but you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the hundreds of free resources.

Free Spanish Proficiency Exercises

January 19th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 19, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

(www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site features a dozen or more free lessons for each of SIX levels of proficiency in Spanish – everything from Beginning to Superior!

When you get to the site, you will see an introduction that explains this unique program. The lessons are listed by level in a horizontal menu bar near the top of the page. Place your cursor over the level on the menu bar and a drop-down menu displays each lesson in that proficiency level. Click on the lesson and a new page opens.

In each lesson, there is one simplified video interview, plus video interviews of FIVE native speakers using the grammar and vocabulary for that lesson. The five native speakers could be from Spain, Mexico, Central America or South America. While the video is playing, the captions can be set to Spanish, English, or None. The videos are also available as podcasts for anywhere viewing by iPod. 

Unlike most traditional textbooks, this website does not include worksheets or quizzes. However, relevant vocabulary, phrases, and grammar are available in the menu located in the right-hand column of each lesson page. There are plenty of videos to watch without the captions if you wish to practice your comprehension skills!

The entire site can be navigated by means of the “site index” in the upper right corner if you prefer.

Calendar Math

December 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, December 3, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Super Teacher Worksheets

(www.superteacherworksheets.com/math-calendars.html)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-4, with parental supervision)

 

The printable worksheets available at SuperTeachWorksheets.com will help your children learn about days, weeks, months, and years.

Use the calendars shown to answer math questions. You can get many things for free here at this website BUT in order to get everything on the site, a paid membership is required. There are loads of resources that are free to use without a membership – you just need to poke around to locate them.

The calendar activities will allow you to download worksheets about: 

  • Monthly Calendar (Basic) – Students answer questions about the January calendar like, “How many Mondays are in January?” and “What day of the week is January 29?”
  • Write the Month – Write the name of this month, last month, next month. Also write your birthday month.
  • Days of the Week Word Wheel – How to make the wheel template, with instructions
  • Monthly Calendar – (Intermediate) – Answer questions about the October calendar like, “Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October. What is the date of Columbus Day?”

Use a calendar to answer the calendar questions, such as “This year, what day of the week does December 30th fall on?” and “Write the date that is fifteen days after May 25.” 

The intermediate worksheets also contain an answer key. 

When you’ve finish with calendars, look at the left navigation bar to location worksheets for all kinds of math topics. Also, other subjects are listed including: 

  • Reading & Writing
  • Phonics & Early Literacy
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar
  • Spelling Lists
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • And more!

Remember you have to sift through to locate what is free but there are some nuggets here!

Fun, Interactive Grammar Exercises

October 10th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 10, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Bytes

(www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm)

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

 

Do you or your students think learning English grammar “bites”?  Then, check out this website developed by a college English professor with attitude. She’s irreverent and funny and has devised a way to provide meaningful grammar lessons and interactive drills and quizzes that won’t bore your kids to death.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: Terms – Detailed definitions of grammar terminology including: 

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Conjunctions
  • Dangling Modifier
  • Gerund
  • Nouns
  • Participle
  • Semicolon
  • Verbs
  • And plenty more!

When you are finished here return to the home page menu to locate: 

  • Exercises – Interactive exercises (lessons) to help students learn correct grammar usage. Topics include comma splices, fragments, irregular verbs, misplaced modifiers, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, etc.
  • Handouts – FREE handouts in PDF files that are companions to the exercises that students can do offline.
  • Videos at YouTube – A short selection of fun, entertaining videos and animations that teach grammar.

Just click on any menu item title (in black) and a new page opens where you can access the free materials.

You might want to click on the “About” section as well, where you’ll meet Professor Robin and discover her views on grammar instruction.

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