Posts Tagged ‘handwriting’

Learn Latin, Greek, Hebrew & More!

April 13th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 13, 2013 and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended website:

Evan Der Millner’s Latinum 

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This site offers a complete audio course for classical Latin that follows a textbook by George Adler. The website owner recorded himself reading the course material aloud, and you can listen to the audios on his YouTube channel.

Most of the texts he used for the recordings can be downloaded (pdf) for free at the website as well.

In addition to Latin, you’ll find similar resources for learning Hebrew, Greek, French, and English.

Again, all of the materials are presented for free, although a donation is politely requested.

This website is not  particularly user-friendly. It takes some time to click your way around to find the links to the freebies. They are interspersed with links to materials that are for sale. 

The website owner offers all of the course materials for the various language courses on DVD for a fee. Perhaps he hopes you’ll get frustrated trying to find the freebies and simply purchase the DVD.  (LOL.) 

Anyway, a little patience pays off, and you’ll be able to access the free language lessons, as well as lessons in handwriting and math!

Because of the way this site is organized, parents (as always) should preview the materials and supervise all Internet activity.

Free Spelling Games & Activities for K-12!

April 3rd, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, April 3, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Vocabulary Spelling City

Age Range: 5-17 (Designed for grades K-12, but most of the activities are geared for elementary grade students.)

This ad-supported website offers free activities and games to help students improve their spelling and vocabulary skills. The activities include audio recordings so you can hear every spelling word pronounced, and also hear it used in a sentence. You can use the word lists provided at the site, or enter words from your own spelling list to generate teaching games and quizzes.

In addition to the freebies, the site offers a “Premium Membership” for a fee – but you don’t need to purchase a thing to access the following:

*Spelling Test Me – Take quizzes to test your spelling skill  on words covering myriad topics such as science, math, history, etc. Try spelling contractions, Dolch Sight Words, SAT Vocabulary and more.

*Spelling Teach Me – Students can choose from predetermined word lists or enter their own spelling words, and then engage in a classic spelling learning method that includes visual and auditory modalities in each lesson.

*Spelling Games and Activities – Play word search, word unscrambles, word matching games and more – that are generated from word lists available at the site or customized from your own word lists.

You’ll also find free, printable handwriting worksheets, and games that teach concepts such as alphabetizing and sentence structure.

Students will naturally intuit how this site works. Parents may find the FAQs helpful in understanding how the site works, and the many features it offers.

Again, you can access the basic games and activities absolutely free without registration.  If you want to save your word lists, then you must register for an account (at no cost). You can also purchase a “Premium Membership” that includes a variety of “extras” that you can learn more about at the website.

Creative Writing Worksheets & Much More!

December 5th, 2012

Hi! It’s Wednesday, December 5, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

TLSBooks.com: Free Worksheets

Age Range: 4-11 (grades Pre-K to 6, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website offers a wide array of free, printable Language Arts worksheets that provide creative writing prompts and activities for students from Pre-K through Middle School.

When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to see the creative writing worksheets that include:

*Themed Acrostic Poems – Use these worksheet outlines to write poetry about the seasons and months of the year.

*Quotation Worksheets – Read a quote by a famous person from literature or history (i.e., Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Abigail Adams, Ben Franklin, etc.), and write about what it means to you.

*Miscellaneous Creative Writing Worksheets – Write a story to go with a picture, and use worksheets with writing prompts.

You can also print out stationery and thank you notes to use at will.

Be sure to use the menu in the left margin to access free Language Arts worksheets that help students learn and practice:

  • Alphabetizing
  • Rhyming
  • Dictionary Skills
  • Vocabulary

And do Word Search puzzles that teach punctuation, vowel sounds, literary terms, and more. You’ll also find “Handwriting” and “Spelling” worksheets on the menu too.

A big plus to this site is that it also offers free worksheets for all of the following subjects:

  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Math
  • Music
  • Science
  • And more!

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return often.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

May 16th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, May 16, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
BBC: Skillswise

Age Range: 11 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 I sampled for this review, I didn’t find any objectionable content. However, I did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

 

Printing, Cursive, & Grammar for Kids

April 13th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, April 13, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
HandwritingForKids.com

Age Range: 4-10 (approximately with parental guidance)

This ad-supported website offers free lessons and practice worksheets for learning how to print, write in cursive, and learn English grammar. (It also offers instruction and worksheets for learning arithmetic.)

When you get to the website you will see an introduction, and a menu on the left side of the screen that includes:

*What’s New — This is a list of the most recent additions of worksheets, lessons, and activities for writing and math that have been added to the website.

*Manuscript — Learn to print by tracing letters of the alphabet, words, and sentences using the free worksheet variations available here.

*Cursive — Learn cursive writing by tracing first, and then writing independently. Free printable worksheets of individual letters, words, and complete sentences are provided for practice.

*English – Use the free lessons and worksheets to learn grammar, including nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions.

*Mathematics — You’ll find a selection of interactive math lessons, worksheets, and drill games.

You’ll also find links to further resources, Spanish worksheets, biblically-themed handwriting and cursive worksheets, and a flash card making tool.

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you’ll find the lessons and worksheets.  The layout isn’t always crystal clear – but if you just click on a couple of items, you’ll figure out how best to use this site quickly.  

Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 16th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, November 16, 2010 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
CSI: Forensic Science Web Adventures

Age Range: 11 and up (Middle School, High School and Beyond with parental guidance/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.

This is a multi-media and graphics-intensive site – so expect to wait a bit for each new section to fully load. Be patient and wait for the download, because it’s frustrating to navigate until all of the pieces are in place. 

When you get to the site, click on “Game Features” on the horizontal menu at the top of the screen.  It will explain how to navigate these activities and save a lot of frustration. Then, click on “Web Adventures” to find three 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: The Burning Star (Advanced) – This one is more complicated and requires 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.

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!”

NOTE: I don’t think the term “all ages” is entirely appropriate here. While the activities are educational and may seem relatively harmless, I would caution parents to protect the sensibilities of young children who need, above all, to feel safe, secure, and unafraid in their own homes. Even some teens and adults may be sensitive to the themes of crime, murder, blood spatter, etc. Please proceed with caution.

*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 time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

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