Posts Tagged ‘history’

Fun Online Math Tutorials & Interactives

October 20th, 2014


It’s Monday, October 20, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


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Kids Online Resources: Math


Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)


Kids Online Resources, maintained by the Webb Family of Arcata, California, is a massive archive of web-based learning activities for a wide variety of subjects. On this featured page of the site called “Me & My Math,” you’ll find free animated and interactive math tutorials for the following math strands:
  • Numbers & Place Values
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • The Number Line
  • Fractions
  • The Laws of Arithmetic

Click on any one and a new page opens where the tutorial begins. I suggest you click on the “Help” button in each section to learn how to use the program effectively. There are hypertext/buttons throughout the lessons and in some cases they lead to small movies. The “Help” button alerts you to what to look for so you don’t miss a thing.

While the math here is basic, it seems to be designed for a teacher and student or parent and child to use together. There’s a good amount of text explanation mixed with the interactives, so non-readers will need help.
When you’re through exploring this math page, head to the Kids Online Resources main site – where you’ll find enough math activities and lessons to cover your curriculum for years to come. Plus, you’ll find web-based lessons and activities for:
  • Art/Music
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • And much, much more!

Don’t miss their Kid Science Link web page – with lessons and activities on Astronomy, Botany, Herpetology and more.

Movies from the Past for your History Studies

October 16th, 2014


It’s Thursday, October 16, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)


If you are looking for unique and interesting supplements to your history studies, FedFlix from the Internet Archive might just be the ticket. This portion of the website features the “best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors” and much more.
When arriving at the link above, use the search functions to find films for a specific topic, or you can browse the collection several different ways including by subject/keyword, by creator, alphabetically by title or author, or by when added to the site.
A sampling of topics we searched for included:
  • The Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • Education
  • FDR
  • National Parks
  • Space
  • Vietnam War
  • World War

The thousands of available film footage selections come from hundreds of contributors such as:

  • National Archives And Records Administration
  • House Oversight Committee
  • Department Of Defense
  • House Energy And Commerce
  • Federal Judicial Center
  • Committee On Oversight And Government Reform
  • FDR Presidential Library
  • Committee On Energy And Commerce

After finding a film you wish to watch, click the link and you will be taken to the page with the movie along with information about the film and available options for downloading the files if desired.

These historical reels provide an excellent insight into the past and are a great addition to your studies.

Travel through History with Maps

October 9th, 2014


It’s Thursday, October 9, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Mapping History


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


Examine history with the use of the interactive maps at this website. Supported by grants from the Oregon University System, the University of Oregon, and other fellowships and foundations, the maps employ timelines and descriptive text to help visitors make the geographic connection between historical events and time.
When arriving at the site, select from the following sections on the left hand menu:
  • American History
  • European History
  • Latin American History
  • African History

Each section is further broken down into time periods or events in history, and even further broken down to include an introduction and summary of the topic as well as the interactive maps available.

The interactive maps can be navigated through by using the timeline under each map to choose the appropriate time frame or by selecting the arrow buttons to move forward or backward through the time periods. Each time period within the map also includes informative text about the map and time period. You may also hover over various portions of the maps for additional captioning.

This straight-forward and easily navigated website provides an interesting and useful way to travel through history.

The Bubonic Plague & Nursery Rhymes

October 8th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Nursery Rhymes – Lyrics, Origins & History!


Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)


This website offers the fascinating and surprising history of nursery rhymes. Did someone actually put their baby on a tree top? Why sing about Jack and Jill getting hurt? Did horses really attempt to reassemble Humpty Dumpty? Did someone named Peter actually eat a pumpkin and then lock his wife inside the shell?

On this informative, ad-supported website, read about all your old favorites, and perhaps discover a few new ones. As a bonus, you’ll learn surprising things about the history of England and its neighboring countries too. For example, did you know that the Bubonic Plague and its symptoms were parodied in “Ring around the Rosy”? Or that “Boston” was named after someone called Saint Botolph?

Many of the featured rhymes have more than one history, which just makes them all the more fun. You get to pick which one you’d like to believe! (Some of them are so old, it’s difficult to be certain of their true origin.)

Arts and Crafts Projects for all Ages

October 4th, 2014


It’s Saturday, October 4, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


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


If you want one site to bookmark that will provide you with an art curriculum for your homeschool years – this is it! KinderArt has the largest selection of free arts and crafts lessons on the Internet.
The projects are for grades K-12. You will find art lessons in:
  • Architecture
  • Art history
  • Folk art
  • Painting
  • Print making
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • And more.

The lessons are simply designed with clear instructions accompanied by photos and illustrations. The site also offers fun art trivia facts, recipes for kitchen art, information on art contests, and lots of helpful articles. They have an online store through which you can purchase materials needed for some of the art lessons as well as art kits, art magazines, art books and more.

They also have a “New This Week” feature right on the home page – so if you’re out of ideas and need a project for the kids, you can visit the site, click on a project, and get started.

This site is a real find for home educators!

Visit the Palace of the Last Tsar – Virtually

October 3rd, 2014


It’s Friday, October 3, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Alexander Palace Time Machine


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


This website is the largest website dedicated to Romanov and Russian history and offers visitors an extensive look into the world of the Alexander Palace. When arriving at this website, use the “Palace Tour” navigation list to view the various rooms of the palace. Select destinations from the following main categories:
  • Gala Parade Halls
  • Restoration of the Palace
  • Rooms of Alexandra
  • Rooms of Nicholas II
  • The Children’s Floor
  • Rooms of the Right Wing
  • Palace Park
  • The Imperial Garage
  • Imperial Dining
  • Plans, Maps and Churches
  • Imperial Yacht Standart

Each room within a category includes mostly black and white images along with detailed information text about the location. Some locations include self-navigating slide shows of even more images. 

While visiting this website you may also wish to check out the other available resources such as:
  • Palace Archives – includes historical information, samples of diaries and letters from and to the royals, travel guides, Romanov archives and more
  • Personalities – read eyewitness accounts and biographies, learn about palace personalities, holidays and celebrations, and more
  • Resources – check out the Fabergé eggs, read online books, view or listen to films and music, visit other recommended links

Before leaving, be sure to view the “Time Machine Photo Tours” to see even more of the palace in the following slide shows:

  • Alexander Palace Façade Pictures
  • Alexander Palace Interiors Today
  • Photos of the Exterior of the Palace
  • The Feodorovsky Cathedral and Village
  • Last Resting Place of the Imperial Family
  • The Cameron Gallery
  • Alexander Palace In Winter
  • The Arsenal in the Park

There is so much to see and learn about Romanov and Russian history and about the Alexander Palace at this website, that you may want to bookmark this website to come back to time and time again.