Posts Tagged ‘history’

Geography, History, & Culture

January 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, January 3, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geographia

(www.geographia.com/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers virtual guides to the geography, culture and history of different countries of the world.

These areas are included: 

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Latin America

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured country (currently Malaysia), and below that a menu of the most recent countries and destinations that have been added to the site. Click on any title and a new page opens where you can virtually explore a multi-media travel guide of that location.

Or, click on the menu on the left side of your screen to open a window to any of the locations described above.

Enjoy colorful photographs, interesting text, and the ability to sample some of the sounds and music of the location as well (so turn on your speakers).

This site is designed as a travel guide – but the educational content here makes it much more. You’ll learn about the geography, people, culture, nature and history of the country and find out about the national parks, attractions, places off the beaten path, activities, important dates and festivals, and much more.

There is a lot of content here, and we weren’t able to explore it all. Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

This site provides a great way to see the world without leaving home. It’s also a fantastic way to jump-start a social sciences curriculum. In addition, it may just inspire a destination for your next family vacation.

Holiday Virtual Field Trips

December 21st, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 21, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spangler Candy Factory

(www.spanglercandy.com/spangler/products/canemaking2.php)

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

 

Enjoy this tour of a candy cane factory.

The Spangler Candy Company has been manufacturing candy canes since 1954. They make over 2 million candy canes a day! At this site you can take a virtual tour of their factory. They explain the process of mass production of candy canes through text and photographs.

And here are some more holiday field trips:

Virtual Field Trip to a Christmas Tree Farm

When you get to the site, scroll to the bottom and click on “Tour Stop 1: Conifer Seedling” to begin the virtual tour. Then, just follow the prompts (at the bottom of each page) to experience the entire tour.

Virtual Field Trip to an Antique Christmas Lights Museum

This site offers the fascinating explanation of America’s Christmas lighting history from 1900 through the seventies. Through text, illustrations and photographs the site acts as a museum that documents the “golden age” of electric Christmas lighting through a sort of book format, chapter by chapter. Scroll down to Chapter One and click on “Early History of Electric Christmas Lighting in America.” When done, click ‘NEXT’ to get to the next chapter. You’ll see what American Christmases were like without electricity when families used candles to light the tree, and then discover how it changed when electric lights were introduced.

Holiday Social Studies Activities!

December 20th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 20, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funschooling

(www.franw.com/)

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

 

Learning takes on a life of its own at this website created by veteran homeschool mom Fran Wisniewski who provides terrific Christmas-themed activities that explore the history of the holiday and the symbols associated with it.

Get ready to have some fun! When you get to the site you’ll see the calendar for December. Simply scroll down the page to read the activities for this week including: 

  • Games Day
  • Go Caroling Day
  • The First Day of Winter

Not only does Fran provide the complete instructions for how to do the activities at home, but she provides pictures of her family’s efforts that clearly illustrate the results you can expect. Plus you’ll find links to more web-based resources to further your learning experience.

Continue to scroll down for:

  • December Activities
  • 25 Fun Activities You Can Do Inside, When It’s COLD Outside!
  • Fun Christmas Resources

Fran wrote, “In my world education is interesting, the choices are endless and everyone learns at their own pace, in a way that works for them.” Her website is testament to her point of view. Don’t miss it!

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 15th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 15, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Moscow Ballet

(www.nutcracker.com/gallery/great-russian-nutcracker)

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

 

Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, set to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, The Nutcracker is a beloved classic Christmas story and one of the most popular and recognized ballets of all time.

At this website, visitors can watch 9 videos of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. The Moscow Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker includes variations of the traditional story which include a setting in Moscow and the inclusion of Russian folk characters.

When arriving at the link, select from the videos including: 

  • The Nutcracker Doll
  • The Snow Forest
  • Dove of Peace
  • Arabian Variation
  • Pas De Deux
  • and more!

If you want to see the Kissy Doll and Harlequin video, use this link instead. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRfsRPfU864) The embedded YouTube videos are mostly about a minute long and can be viewed in full screen mode if you wish. When you have finished watching the videos, learn more about the Great Russian Nutcracker by selecting the “About Us” option in the menu bar, then choose “About the Great Russian Nutcracker” and/or “History of the Nutcracker”.

Visitors can also view videos from other ballets performed by the Moscow Ballet such as Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, by selecting “Gallery”. 

Whether you have an aspiring young ballet dancer in your home or simply want to share the holiday tradition of this colorful ballet, this website will help bring the magic into your home.

See How Maple Syrup Is Made

December 14th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 14, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Making Maple Syrup

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVXeBOl4fXY&%20feature=related)

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

 

Did you know that National Maple Syrup Day comes right in the middle of the holiday season? It’s on Monday, December 17th.

This is a terrific video (shown in two parts on YouTube.com) on the process of making maple syrup from sap to syrup. What’s wonderful is that this depicts the multi-generational O’Brien family of Wisconsin demonstrating their maple syrup business

This “amateur” video (shot and narrated by an O’Brien family member) is instructional covering selecting the right spot to tap a maple tree, how to use duct tape to keep the squirrels away, the equipment that’s needed, collecting the sap, and filtering and cooking the sap. The first video takes a little less than 10 minutes to watch. 

When it’s through, look over on the right side of the screen for the menu under “Related Videos.” The first item on the menu is “Making Maple Syrup Part II.” Click on it to watch and learn about the evaporation process, cleansing, testing sugar density, canning, work schedules, the maple sap tapping season, and cooking with the finished product. The second video is almost a full 10 minutes.

Here are some more fun websites about Maple Syrup: 

ThoughtCo. – maple syrup wordsearch, crossword, coloring pages, and more!

The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association – everything you need to know about maple syrup

This comprehensive website includes: 

  • Maple History
  • How Maple Syrup is Made
  • A glossary of maple sugaring terms
  • The seasons of maple
  • and more!

You’ll also find printable worksheets and other resources.

And if you live in the area or plan a vacation (best time to go is March, which is Maple Month), you can take a tour of maple farms using the directory found under the “Buy Maple Syrup” link at the top.

WARNING: Exploring these websites may lead to an insatiable desire for maple syrup. Better stock up beforehand.

Christmas Cookie History & More

December 13th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 13, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas Cookie Curriculum

(whatscookingamerica.net/History/CookieHistory.htm)

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

 

Christmas cookies are a staple of the holiday season. Learn a fascinating account of the history of cookies from the 7th Century to modern times.

Read the history of all kinds of cookies: 

  • Anzac Biscuits
  • Biscotti
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Fig Newtons
  • Fortune Cookies
  • Macaroons
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • and more.

It includes recipes too!

And here are more sites – see how many subjects you can incorporate into the act of baking cookies!

Christmas-Cookies.com:

Christmas Cookie Recipes from Around the World

Find Christmas cookie recipes from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America, and Yugoslavia! Ask your children to find the country of origin of each type of cookie you bake on a globe or map.

The Food Timeline: Christmas food history

Discover a variety of Christmas food traditions, including the baking of cookies, with this timeline featuring information, quotes and recipes from a variety of resources.

The Science Spot: Case #1225: Case of the Christmas Cookie Mystery (Note: Geared for middle school and up.)

Get A FREE, downloadable and printable chemistry lesson themed around Christmas cookies. You’ll also find the printable teacher’s classroom instructions here.

Welcome to the Family Table: Free Elementary Math Worksheets: Munchable Math-Christmas Cookies

Elementary students will enjoy these colorful downloadable PDF math sheets for practicing adding and subtracting 3’s.

Left Brain Craft Brain: Tangram Christmas Cookies

Make math yummy and fun with these wonderful tangram Christmas Cookies. Includes all recipes and instructions for making these simple, buttery confections as well as a downloadable printable template for cutting the dough for your tangram and more.

Family Education: Free, Printable Christmas Cookie E-Book

This website offers a FREE, downloadable and printable E-Book of easy-to-make Holiday Cookie recipes.

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