Posts Tagged ‘grammar’

Study Spanish for Free

August 4th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 4, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

123 Teach Me: Spanish for Children

(www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_for_children)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This section of the larger 123 Teach Me website provides lessons, games, quizzes, videos and more for kids who are learning Spanish.

Older students can visit the home page to find resources for learning Spanish geared more towards their age level. For the purposes of this review we are focusing on the Spanish for Children page

When arriving at the kids’ page, there is a colorful menu with the following options: 

  • Spanish Games for Kids – Students can choose from 12 different games to learn and practice their Spanish. Be sure to have your Flash enabled to play the games.
  • Games for Younger Kids – Younger children can play simpler games such as Memory, Spanish Bingo, Space Invader and more to learn Spanish vocabulary.
  • Flashcard & Vocabulary – digital flash card and activities for learning vocabulary
  • Spanish Alphabet for Kids – Learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet with visuals and audios as well as sample words that begin with the letter.
  • Alphabet Videos & Quizzes – a couple of alphabet song videos, as well as letter flashcards and quizzes
  • Music Videos for Kids – YouTube videos of Spanish songs that also provide the words in Spanish and English
  • Quizzes for Kids – Students can test themselves with matching games, word searches and more.
  • Short Stories + Quizzes – video presentations in Spanish of classic tales such as Midas the King, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, and more. Each video includes the text of the story in Spanish and English and an interactive quiz.
  • Audio Short Stories – similar to the Short Stories + Quizzes section, audios include the text in Spanish and English as well as interactive activities.
  • Spanish Numbers for Kids, Spanish Colors for Kids, Spanish Vocabulary for Kids – include a variety of interactive activities for children to learn words in Spanish
  • Printable Worksheets – a large variety of worksheets for vocabulary, printable lessons, short stories, flash cards, crafts and more
  • Spanish Speaking Countries – a short geography lesson relating to the countries where Spanish is the official language

Select the “Next” option on the bottom of the menu for even more content for Grammar Lessons, Videos in Spanish, Reading Comprehension, Fun Lessons, and Spanish Holidays. There are a lot of great resources at this website and we have only scratched the surface. Be sure to bookmark this one.

* Please note that some of the activities are on other websites that have not been completely reviewed by our team. As always, be sure to check out the sites prior to allowing children to visit.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

July 25th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, July 25, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Skillswise

(www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills.

Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:

  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation.

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.
 
IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

Mandarin Chinese Basics

July 14th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 14, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chinese-Tools.com

(www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers online lessons to learn basic Mandarin Chinese.

Lessons include audios, reading, speaking, and writing practice, vocabulary, grammar, and writing exercises. Implementing the “10 Minutes a Day” method, lessons include: 

  • Words in both pinyin (transliteration of Chinese into the Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters
  • Guides to pronunciation and grammar mechanics
  • Downloadable MP3 audios of vocabulary and conversations
  • Lesson related exercises
  • Practice drills for memorizing Chinese characters

Also included on this website are: 

  • A Chinese dictionary
  • Chinese annotation tool
  • Chinese-pinyin editor
  • Chinese text convertor
  • Step-by-step instructions to create artwork using traditional and Chinese brush painting
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Chinese songs which include lyrics and downloadable MP3 audio

While visiting this website, check out the fun “Chinese Name” tool to see your name in Chinese characters. Although this site is meant to be used as a supplement with a regular language curriculum, there is plenty of educational opportunity here to spark interest in the Chinese language.

Foreign Language Lessons and Games

June 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 23, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Polly Lingual

(pollylingu.al/en)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

With this commercial website, visitors can use the free lessons to learn basic foreign language skills.

While some of the lessons are for paid members only, indicated by the Polly Lingual icon, there is still a lot of great material available for free on this site, especially in the Beginner sections. Language choices include: 

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Italian
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Hebrew
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Dutch

Lessons can include vocabulary audios, grammar instructions, interactive games such as Memorama, Alphabet Soup (word searches), Whack-a-Word, and Hangman as wells as additional downloadable worksheets. There is a Verb Conjugation Trainer tool to brush up on verb conjugations as well as interactive maps showing locations a language is spoken which also provides some additional information about that location.

Even if visitors may need to search for the free material, there are some great teaching opportunities available on this site that might make checking it out worthwhile.

Over 400 Free Grammar Lessons!

May 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 23, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Daily Grammar

(www.dailygrammar.com/archive.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, developed by a software executive and a middle/high school English professor, archives over 400 grammar lessons and 80 quizzes to teach students the mechanics of the written language.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the lessons. Click on any one and a new page opens with the lesson and practice activities to further understanding. The lessons include: 

  • Parts of Speech – Verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, etc.
  • Parts of the Sentence – Subject/verb, direct object, indirect object, appositives, prepositional phrases, gerunds, infinitives, participles, and more.
  • Mechanics – Capitalization, end punctuation, periods, commas, colons, semicolons, quotation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, brackets, italics, and underlining.

This is a great way to learn new skills and improve existing grammar usage. This site is supported with randomly generated advertisements. Therefore, parents (as always) should preview the site and supervise use.

Help Reluctant Readers with Cartoons

April 4th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

(www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/)

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

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 

  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 

  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “mad as a hatter.”

Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

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