Posts Tagged ‘homeschool’

Free Unplugged Computer Science Activities for Kids!

January 29th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 29, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Computer Science Unplugged

(csunplugged.org/en/topics/)

Age Range: 5-15 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website provides free lessons and activities that teach computer science. It’s a collaborative effort by the University of Canterbury, Google and Microsoft.

Designed with classroom use in mind, the activities can be tweaked for the homeschool environment. When you get to the site you’ll see the five topics: 

  • Binary Numbers
  • Kidbots
  • Sorting Networks
  • Error detection and correction
  • Searching Algorithms

There are 3-6 lessons in each topic – there’s also a unit plan along with curriculum integrations. Some of the choices are: 

  • Binary Candles or Normal Candles on your Cake
  • Storytelling
  • Growing into a butterfly
  • Quick card flip magic
  • Where is my hat
  • and more!

You’ll also find photos and some videos that illustrate the activities as well as links to other useful resources.

Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 14th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

(ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/math/)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline.

The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline. The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include: 

  • Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-9 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
  • Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 7-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
  • Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
  • Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-9 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Art
  • Language Arts
  • Drama
  • and more!

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

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!

Advent Calendar Math & Math Games

December 10th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, December 10, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Printable Advent Calendar

(www.dr-mikes-math-games-for-kids.com/advent-calendar.html)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, printable Advent Calendar that you can assemble and use to help young children learn basic math concepts and skills.

The calendar is courtesy of the website creator, Dr. Mike. He believes that children learn math best through playing games!

When you get to the site you’ll see the instructions for printing out and assembling the Advent Calendar, along with ideas for how to use it with young children. Then use the menu on the left side of your screen to explore the math games archived at this site including: 

  • Cool Math Games
  • Kindergarten – An assortment of games to help preschool and kindergarten children grasp basic math concepts with the understanding that little kids learn by experience – not by rote learning!
  • Home School – Dr. Mike provides creative and interesting games and tips to help homeschool families learn math. As Dr. Mike explains, “I’ve gone through all the games on this site, and evaluated them with you, the home-schooler, in mind. It’s my sincere hope that these resources will make your home-schooling a little more joyful – or a little less burdensome – wherever you may now be in your home-schooling journey.”

You’ll also find menu items that sort the games by grade levels 1-7, as well as printable games, calculator games, magic squares, times tables, fractions, and a variety of other games.

These games were selected because they expose children to math facts that result in rote learning without the boredom. Through playful games your children are immersed in math concepts that provide a foundation on which math skills and techniques can be successfully built. Plus, Dr. Mike gives tips on how to use them in the classroom or at home. As Dr. Mike says, “Most important, I’ll explain why these games help kids love math, why they’ll be learning more in an hour of play than they possibly could in a whole day of drills.”

Fabulous Printable Paper Crafts

December 1st, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 1, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creative Park

(cp.c-ij.com/en/index.html)

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

 

The Canon company (that sells all kinds of printing resources) sponsors this website that provides a massive online collection of fun paper arts and craft materials that can be downloaded for free to make your own original artistic creations. There is something for everyone here, suitable for a wide variety of age ranges.


When you get to the website, you’ll see the featured creations that you can make at home, along with a menu that includes: 

  • Card – Download printable birthday and gift cards, as well as gift boxes and stationery.
  • Paper Craft – Get downloadable materials and instructions for making 3-D models – from animals to architectural wonders.
  • Home and Living – Make holiday and celebratory decorations, ornaments, boxes and much more as well as designer paper bags and fans.
  • Scrapbook – Create your own photo or memory album – or homeschool yearbook! Get materials suited to various seasons and events and add your photos and captions.
  • Art – Explore the amazing art possibilities of paper including 3D Decoupage, Paper Reliefs, Origami, Chiyogami, 3D Paper Mosaic, Frames, and more!
  • Calendars – Make original craft-type, photo-frame, countdown, perpetual, Advent calendars and more at any time of year with these free materials and instructions.

Bookmark this one – it’s a great resource for creative and educational projects of all kinds.

Free Finance & Economics Lessons

November 15th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Finance in the Classroom

(financeintheclassroom.org/)

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

 

Get free lesson plans, printables, tools and much more to teach financial literacy and economics with this website from the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Education Network, the Utah Jump$tart Coalition, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

When arriving at today’s link read the brief introduction and take a look at the Scope and Sequence to get an idea of what is covered for the different grade levels. The marked grade level boxes are clickable links to the grade level lesson plans. The lessons are broken down into subjects (Mathematics, Social Studies, and Language Arts) with the activities sorted under them. Many lessons include links to outside resources, so as always be sure to preview the external links prior to allowing children to use the site.

The left-hand sidebar menu provides additional ways to access the resources and is broken down as follows: 

  • Teacher Resources – Find links to the General Financial Literacy Course for grades 11-12, K-12 lesson plans & activities, and other resources such as videos, music, PowerPoint presentations, online resources and tools, and much more.
  • Student Resources – Discover how to earn a Passport certificate for the program, games and activities, book suggestions, vocabulary/glossary, printables, scholarship information and more. 
  • Parent Resources – Browse through discussion starters, website resources, DIY games, finance apps, videos and more.

In the Online Resources section, visitors will find a large selection of financial calculators for things such as cash flow, interest, college planning, credit, mortgage, taxation, insurance, investment, retirement, savings and more. There is also a great list of additional websites that focus on economics and financial literacy, some of which include lesson plans of their own.


There is a lot of material and content available to use for your homeschool studies so be sure to bookmark this one.

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