Posts Tagged ‘history’

The History of Christmas Hymns and Carols

December 18th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, December 18, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

 

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

 

This website provides the history behind Christmas music along with an extensive index of Christmas carols and hymns.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Below it is a way to search for a song alphabetically by title.

Below the alphabetical search box is a link to the “Full Index” of songs archived at this site. Use either method to find a song of interest, click on it, and the whole story behind the song – it’s history, tradition, who wrote the words and music, etc., is displayed.

Note: If you use the “Full Index” to search for a song, you will be surprised to see that the site includes not only the original song, but any subsequent versions or parodies of it as well. If you click on a song title – and it doesn’t look like the one you remember, go back to the index and search again for the original version of the song.

Once you are through exploring the history of individual songs, click on “History of Carols” on the menu at the top of the screen. There, you will find the history of the tradition of singing carols at Christmas from the Middle Ages through the Victorian era right up to 20th Century compositions.

Learn Spanish: A Free Tutorial Online

December 13th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 13, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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StudySpanish.com

 

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

 

At this website you will find free Spanish lessons and tutorials. There is so much available here for free without any sort of obligation – and even more if you are willing to become a member of the site by providing your email address. Of course, if you do that, you may get email promoting the audio course that is available for a fee. Frankly, we think the occasional spam is worth the price of admission (your email address) for full access to the free tutorials offered here. This site uses text, audio, interactive games and activities and more to help you learn Spanish. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:
  • Pronunciation Tutor – learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, words, phrases and more by listening to a native speaker and repeating what they say.
  • Grammar Tutorial – learn parts of speech and how to conjugate verbs. Learn the days of the week, numbers, and more. This section is presented through text lessons, and interactive quizzes.
  • Vocabulary Tutorial – learn a series of words based on a theme – for example, restaurants, bathroom, plants, clothing, emergency services, etc. Lessons are taught through text, oral exercises, online flashcards, match games, word searches, concentration games, and quizzes!
  • Verb Drills – learn present and past tenses, as well as regular and irregular verbs through text lessons and interactive quizzes.
  • Word-A-Day – log on to the site each day to learn a new Spanish word. Access the archives too.
  • Travel Helper – learn important words, phrases and sentences that will help you when traveling. Themes include airport, hotel, restaurant, beach, downtown, meeting people, shopping, and medical care. Lessons accomplished through text, audio tutorial, and interactive games and quizzes.
  • Cultural Notes – learn about Spanish history, art, architecture, food, dance, customs and more! This is really an incredible social studies lesson – you see a photograph, information in Spanish and English, and links to websites with more info.

Other free topics include idiom generators, links to other sites, an online translator, and a list of full immersion Spanish language schools throughout the world.

This is one of the BEST SPANISH TUTORIAL sites we have seen on the web. Don’t miss it!

History Channel – Christmas

December 11th, 2014

 

It’s December 11, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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History Channel – Christmas

 

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

 

The Christmas holiday is steeped in traditions and customs. This page from the History Channel provides videos and texts relating to the history of many of the traditions practiced today. When arriving at the link you will find two sections, “Christmas Videos” and “Christmas in Depth”.
In the “Christmas Videos” section you will find short videos (usually 2-4 minutes long) covering such topics as Christmas history, food, traditions, decorations, and even a 3-minute video about strange Christmas Traditions.
In the “Christmas in Depth” section, not only are there a few more short videos but there is also informative text to further build upon what is presented in the videos. Topics covered include:
  • History of Christmas (includes video)
  • History of Christmas Trees (includes video)
  • Christmas Traditions Worldwide (includes video)
  • Santa Claus (includes video)
  • Christmas Traditions, Past and Present
  • 7 Historical Events that Took Place on Christmas
  • Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?
  • Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25?
  • Christmas by the Numbers Infographic
  • Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve: An American Tradition
  • Mincemeat: It’s What’s for (Christmas) Dinner

As always, parents will want to preview videos and material prior to allow their student to use the material to be sure that the information presented aligns with their family beliefs and standards. If you can get over the commercials embedded into the videos, there is still a lot of interesting and educational value to this website.

All Aboard! A Virtual Railroad

November 21st, 2014

 

It’s Friday, November 21, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Strasburg Rail Road

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Climb aboard for a virtual exploration of the Strasburg Rail Road in Pennsylvania.
Through the use of 360° panoramas, explore the following:
  • Coach Car
  • First Class Parlor Car
  • President’s Car Dining Room
  • President’s Car Observation Lounge
  • Station Platform East
  • Switch Tower
  • Mechanical Shop
  • Groff’s Grove
After you have finished with the tours, continue your adventure by selecting “Videos” on the sidebar. You will be treated to more sights and sounds of the railroad as well as be able to watch promotional videos, including a Day out with Thomas™. Select the “About” and “History” links to learn more about the Strasburg Rail Road.

Trains hold a fascination for kids of all ages and this virtual tour will get the whistles blowing in your child’s imagination.

Investigate the First Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, November 20, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Plimoth Plantation: You Are The Historian

 

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

 

Interested in learning about the history of Thanksgiving? Look no further than this award-winning website produced by Plimoth Plantation (the spelling is correct). Here, kids and their families can discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving and separate the myths from the facts.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Notice the Teacher’s Guide text link under the main image – you may want to click on that if you prefer a more lesson-structured approach and guideline to exploring this website. You may also access the guide within the investigation presentation by selection the Teacher’s Guide icon.

Eager learners can also jump right in and begin their investigation by clicking on the image or the text link “HERE!” A new page opens to a multi-media extravaganza with beautiful sights and sounds. Your hosts invite you to use clues to unearth the real history behind the Thanksgiving feast. Click on “enter” to begin the journey. A new page opens with a menu that includes:

  • Fact or Myth – What’s true and what’s not about the people and events surrounding the first Thanksgiving? Did the guests eat cranberries and turkey? What you discover may surprise you.
  • The Evidence – View and read a primary source document – the only existing written, first-hand-account of the feast. A terrific introduction to exploring primary source documents – don’t miss it!
  • The Wampanoag People – Learn about the Native People who were at the first Thanksgiving, and how they celebrate the different seasons of the year.
  • The English Colonists – Take a trip back in time to the home of a Pilgrim and find out how they prepared for the Thanksgiving feast.
  • The Path to 1621 – Find out about the events that led up to the First Thanksgiving.

This is an engaging website presenting historically accurate evidence of the first Thanksgiving or harvest celebration in colonial America that kids of all ages are certain to enjoy.

Thanksgiving Poetry!

November 19th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Poetry Foundation: The Cranberry Cantos

 

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

 

As explained at the site, “Whether you’re looking for a pre-meal toast, a scrap of American history, or a late night conversation starter, these poems should provide ample stuffing.” Some are somber and some are silly. Some are old and some are modern. I hope you find one to print out and enjoy with your family!
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