Posts Tagged ‘handwriting’

Pre-Writing, Spelling, & More!

September 9th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, September 9, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Parent Child Education

(http://parentchildeducation.com/category/topics/beginning-writing/)

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

 

This website contains many, many engaging FREE lessons with video instruction on handwriting, spelling and more.

Here are some of the lesson titles available at the site: 

  • Pre-Writing – Activities which will help develop the fine motor skills in your child’s hand when holding a pencil – also find a link to a proper pencil grip video!
  • Conventional Writing – Activities, tips and techniques you can use with your child to help them learn handwriting
  • Look at the top menu bar to locate Spelling Tips and Activities – Get advice and fun activities that help kids learn and practice.

Once you’ve used these, return to the top menu bar to find: 

  • Art Projects
  • Reading Activities
  • Math Activities
  • Science Activities
  • Social Studies Activities

When you take the time to explore this site, you’ll be rewarded with lots of terrific free lessons that include: 

  • Step-by-step instructions with video illustrations
  • A materials list
  • Activities, games or books to reinforce the lesson
  • Brain research based, kid-friendly content
  • Information on different learning styles and approaches to learning to help parents better understand their child’s needs

June Writing Prompts

June 10th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, June 10, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Teachers Corner – Daily Writing Prompts

(http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/)

 

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

 

This ad supported website was started in 1996 as a hobby by Jennifer Jensen and then she provided links to teacher resources on the internet. In 1998 she and her husband began to create their own resources and offer them free to teachers and parents. The Teacher’s Corner has continued growing and evolving and has maintained the goal to remain free and provide useful tools for teachers and parents.

When you get to the website, simply scroll down to see the daily selection of June writing prompts. Look around because there is so much more! On the side menu, select “Lesson Plans” and then choose “Writing Lesson Plans” to find a myriad of writing lesson plans like these:

  • Creative Writing – Get those creative juices flowing!
  • Handwriting – Find resources to help your students improve their handwriting.
  • Miscellaneous – Here are some great resources that didn’t fit into other categories.
  • Parts of Speech – Creative lesson plans and resources
  • Poetry – Help your students find creative ways to share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Reading – Be sure to visit this page for additional Language Arts resources.
  • Spelling – Find useful study and editing tips.

This website, with a wealth of resources and information for teaching all subjects, has something for everyone – from thematic units, seasonal activities, lesson plans for all subjects and much more. Bookmark it and visit often!

Something to note is that the lesson plans and unit studies often offer links to other websites for additional information and ideas. We have not reviewed these other links and sites.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

May 13th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

BBC: Skillswise

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up, 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.

Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 11th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

CSI: Forensic Science Web Adventures

 

Age Range: 11-adult (Grades 5-adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series. You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case! If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

When you get to the site, find five CSI cases:

  • Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
  • Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
  • Case Three: Burning Star (Advanced level)
  • Case Four: Bitter Pill (Advanced level)
  • Case Five: Fatal Interactions (Advanced level)

The last three cases are more complicated and require some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources.

Challenging, fascinating and informative! If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.
You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session. One game can take more than an hour to master. 
Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “Fun Stuff” to access:
  • Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems – and more!”
  • Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
  • Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
  • Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.

This site requires all lot of time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

NetRover.com – Writing

February 12th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, Febnruary 12, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

netrover.com – Writing

Age Range: 5-10 (grades 1-5, approximately, with parental supervision).

 

This ad-supported website offers a variety of Language Arts games, songs, printable worksheets, and activities that include:

  • Grammar – Have fun learning parts of speech, punctuation, abbreviation, contractions, and editing.
  • Media – Write a story and use the keyboard to add fun sound effects.
  • Printing – Get worksheets to practice handwriting.
  • Spelling and Phonics – Sing spelling songs, learn to read and spell sight words, take spelling tests.

Bonus! Click on “Stories” to access children’s stories with animation and sound. Many have a quiz at the end and even more teaching resources to further learning. Some of the stories include a YouTube Video.

This website is chock-full of goodies to help moms and children experience Language Arts in fun ways!

Pencil Grip, Writing, Spelling, & More!

August 28th, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, August 28, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Parent Child Education

Age Range: 4-10 (Designed for grades PreK-5)

This website contains many engaging FREE lessons and activities (created by classroom teachers) that help parents and educators teach a variety of subjects including handwriting, spelling, writing, and more. Some of the language arts lessons/activities include:

*Determining Your Child’s Dominant Hand

*Pencil Grip

*Conventional Writing – Activities, tips and techniques you can use with your child to help them learn handwriting (with free handwriting paper downloads)

*Spelling Tips and Activities – Get advice and fun activities that help kids learn and practice spelling.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and activities. Use the search tool on the right side of the landing page to access activities by age, topic, grade level, learning style, etc. 

Under “Topics” you can select:

  • Beginning Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing

Click on any one to find a menu of lessons/activities that include resources such as:

  • Step-by-step instructions with video illustrations
  • A materials list
  • Activities, games or books to reinforce the lesson

You’ll find information on different learning styles, brain research, and advice to help parents better understand their child’s learning needs.

 

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