Posts Tagged ‘handwriting’

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.

 

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.

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