Posts Tagged ‘homeschool’

Presidents’ Day Resources

February 19th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, February 19, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(see below)

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

 

Monday is usually Math Day at ClickSchooling. We found a few math activities themed around Presidents’ Day, but thought you’d also enjoy a variety of resources to help your family learn while celebrating.

Eduplace.com: Where Did They Come From? 

http://www.eduplace.com/activity/presidentshomes.html

This free lesson combines math and social studies. Download and print free worksheets that help students analyze data and create a bar graph showing the home states of U.S. Presidents. Find out which state has given us the most Presidents. 

The White House

 https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/Presidents

This is a great source for fun and educational facts on U.S. Presidents that will appeal to all ages. It’s housed at the official White House website. When you get to the site simply click on the president’s name — #1 – #45.

The White House Historical Association

https://www.whitehousehistory.org/classroom-resource-packets

Here you’ll find “classroom resource packets” you can download including: The President’s Office, First Pets, Technology and the White House, and many more.

Homeschool Helper

http://homeschoolhelperonline.com/holidays/presidents-day/

Get free unit studies on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln along with links to other Presidents’ Day resources, printables, and crafts. While you’re there, use the menu to check out their free unit studies on every subject.

DLTK

http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/presidents.html

This terrific site offers free coloring pages and craft activities that are appropriate for ages 3-12. For Presidents’ Day you’ll find an assortment of coloring pages, some toilet paper roll crafts, and even instructions to make a milk-carton log cabin.

Cybersleuth Kids

http://cybersleuth-kids.com/games/wordsearch/presidents_day_WS.htm

Try a U.S. President Word Search!

Happy Presidents’ Day!

Primary Source U.S. History Lessons

February 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teach US History

(www.teachushistory.org/)

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

 

This website provides primary source materials, lesson plans, audio and video presentations, and supplementary resources such as worksheets and links to other informative websites to help teach U.S. History.

While its target audience is classroom teachers, most of the material can be adjusted for use in the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message accompanied by a menu on the left side of the screen. Click on “About Us” to read an outline of what the site provides. Then, simply click on the topics of interest from the menu that includes: 

  • American Revolution
  • Indian Removal
  • Isaiah Thomas – Patriot Printer
  • Life in Antebellum America
  • Temperance Reform in the Early 19th Century
  • The Dred Scott Decision
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act and Bleeding Kansas
  • The Second Great Awakening and the Age of Reform
  • War of 1812 and the Hartford Convention
  • Westward Expansion

As you click on each topic a new page opens. There is some inconsistency in the format that can be a little confusing. Some pages open to a splash page, others open to a menu of choices, and others open to a page with a brief overview. On the latter, it may look as though there isn’t any information – but look on the menu on the left side of the screen and you’ll see that under that topic is a highlighted drop-down menu from which you can select lesson plans and resources.

This site is deceiving. It contains a vast amount of content assembled by teachers and museum curators as you will discover once you start clicking through the resource links. Plan to spend some time here to pinpoint the materials you’ll want to use to supplement your study of U.S. history.

Free Science Units on Atoms & Molecules and Plants!

January 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funtastic Unit Studies

(funtasticunitstudies.com/lessons-and-activities/)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website is provided by Susan Kilbride, a homeschool mom with a degree in biology, who has written some unit studies (available as e-books) on science and history. Designed with homeschoolers in mind, the unit studies are available for purchase on the site, but Susan also offers some free science lessons and activities (taken from the pages of her e-books)!

When you get to the site, scroll down the page under “Lessons and Activities” to access: 

  • Atoms and Molecules for ages 8-13 – Learn the definition of atom and molecule, print out a Periodic Table of Elements, do activities to enhance learning, and take a quiz to test what you’ve learned.
  • Plants for ages 4-8 – Learn the parts of a plant including seeds, roots, stem, and leaves. Enjoy activities to boost learning, and answer review questions.

Click on either link to open a pdf that contains the lesson (within the framework of the actual e-book). You’ll have to scroll about 1/3 down the page, past the “Table of Contents” to get to the lesson.
 
Once you’ve explored the Science freebies, check out some of the author’s free American History Activities that correspond to her books: 

  • The Pilgrim Adventure
  • The King Philip’s War Adventure
  • The Salem Adventure
  • The Civil War Adventure
  • and more.

Again, these free lessons and activities are excerpts from Susan Kilbride’s e-books that you can purchase via the website.

Free Pascal’s Triangle Lessons & Activities!

December 18th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, December 18, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pascal’s Triangle

(mathforum.org/workshops/usi/pascal/index.html)

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

 

This website is part of the massive MathForum.org and offers free lessons and activities to explore Pascal’s Triangle, a math resource known for patterns and applications in several areas of mathematics.

Named after seventeenth century mathematician, Blaise Pascal, the triangle’s properties made use of and further explored the already known array of binomial coefficients originally developed in Persia and China.  

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu divided into three sections by grade level: 

  • K-4
  • 5-8
  • 9-12

Click on “Lessons” to find an array of activities for elementary through advanced learners that include lessons, problems to solve, and printable worksheets.
 
Here is another interesting site: The 12 days of Pascal’s triangular Christmas.
 
Holiday Bonus! Watch a video of homeschool moms singing a humorous version of a Christmas carol retitled, The 14 Days of Homeschool.

Make Music Fun

December 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, December 2, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Making Music Fun

(www.makingmusicfun.net/)

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides engaging, FREE music appreciation resources including music lessons, interactive games, printable sheet music and music theory flashcards designed for kids.

When you get to the site you’ll find resources divided into two sections – Print It and Library. Examples of resources visitors will find include: 

  • Oliver Octopus Arcade – Play music theory arcade games and learn to identify the whole note, half note, eighth note, etc. Learn note names for the treble and bass clef.
  • Free printable sheet music that you can preview and listen to online – From beginner to intermediate players, you’ll find sheet music for the piano, violin, flute, recorder, trumpet and trombone.
  • Free Composer Worksheets – Print out fun wordsearch and dot-to-dot puzzles based upon your favorite classical composers including Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein, Chopin, Gershwin, Joplin, Mozart, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and more!

You’ll also find practice charts, theory worksheets, and even printable award certificates.

The library is an amazing resource! Access an archive of FREE music lessons on video for piano, recorder, flute, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, percussion, and bagpipe. There are even video flashcards for learning music theory!

You’ll also find biographies of great composers in the baroque, classic, romantic, and modern music eras.

Learn the instruments of the orchestra (woodwind, brass, string, percussion, and keyboard) with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and other fun facts.

Don’t miss the “Homeschool Music Resource Index” of suggested music activities created just for homeschool parents. Print out music lessons that help children learn about tempo, rhythm, pitch, musical symbols, form, and much more.

There’s even a “Jazz Index” with lessons and resources for learning about jazz music and great jazz musicians.
 
This site provides the very best in blending music with educational technology.

Literature-Based Finance Lessons for Kids

November 29th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and time for

Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wise Pockets

(www.umsl.edu/~wpockets/schoolhouse/lessons/lessons.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, provided by the University of Missouri, is designed to help classroom students in grades 3-6 become more knowledgeable about personal finance including saving, investing, and using credit.

The lessons and activities can be easily adjusted for homeschool students. What is unique here, is that personal finance concepts and lessons are taught through the use of children’s literature. Wise Pockets has selected books with themes that relate to money, and developed lesson plans and activities that extend the learning to help students become better money managers.

There are 13 book titles in all that include: 

  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • The Leaves In October by Karen Ackerman
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars by Paul Danziger
  • Meet Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • and more!

Click on any title and a new page opens with a free, printable, classroom lesson containing objectives, detailed instruction procedure steps, activity sheets, and extension/enrichment recommendations.


Note: Although this website is designed for students ages 8-11, older students and adults may benefit from the information here as well.

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