Posts Tagged ‘homeschool’

Understanding Plagiarism, Paraphrasing, Summarizing and Quoting!

November 16th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 16, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below)

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

 

Here is a compilation of websites that help students understand plagiarism, paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting.

KidsHealth: What Is Plagiarism

http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/plagiarism.html

At this website designed for elementary grade students, you’ll find a clear and concise definition of plagiarism. Students can use the helpful hints in this article to be sure they have placed quotation marks properly and accurately referenced any sources used in their written work.

Purdue OWL: Overview of Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/01/

This site provides clear definitions of paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting along with an example. Although it was designed with college level students in mind, it can be used by any student that is capable of writing research papers and reports.

Homeschooled Kids And Plagiarism

http://www.pahomeschoolers.com/newsletter/issue78b.htm

At this website you’ll find a terrific article by a homeschool mom, Susan Richman, about her experiences with students and plagiarism (especially when it comes to writing biographies). She explains how she helped her own children and other homeschool students understand plagiarism, and provides some creative ways to write reports that help students avoid plagiarism.

Math with Balloons

October 31st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, October 31, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Balloon Math

(www.mbd2.com/Homeschool_Projects/Index.html)

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

 

The Magical Balloon-Dude Dale (a master balloonist) offers free math activities for homeschoolers using the kinds of balloons that are used to make balloon animals and other creations.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of 4 math activities using balloons – but only the first 3 have working links that include: 

  • Parts/Fraction Curriculum – Use balloons to learn counting, adding, sorting, measuring, calculating the number of parts, fractions and/or decimal conversion.
  • Mathematical Symbols Curriculum – Understand basic geometric shapes and use balloons to create a sphere.
  • Half of a 1/2 of a .50 Curriculum – Improve understanding of fractions such as 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 while making a balloon flower.

Click on any one, and a new page opens with the complete instructions, accompanied by photographs and a materials list.

If you look on the right side of the screen in each activity you will see a link to a FREE download of the “HomeSchool Curriculum” that includes bonus material. Print it out to use offline.

The projects require certain types of balloons, a ruler, a marker – and one exercise requires calipers. You can purchase a kit that provides all of these materials (as well as an answer key to the questions) at the website for about $40. It is not necessary to purchase the kit to do these exercises. You may already have the materials needed, or be able to purchase them less expensively. And just doing the activity is a terrific learning experience – with or without an answer key to the questions.

The projects at this site are designed to develop problem solving skills, mathematics ability, and eye-hand coordination, while teaching kids to make balloon animals. What fun!

No More Tears when teaching Math

October 19th, 2016

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UK, Ireland, and Europe Geography Games

September 8th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, September 8, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Toporopa

(www.toporopa.eu/en/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Hone in on your geography skills with the interactive games on this website.

This sister site to the previously reviewed World Geography Games website focuses on the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe. Games include: 

  • Interactive maps in which the player identifies the location of given place for: 
    • Countries & capitals
    • Seas, islands, peninsulas, and straits
    • Mountains and volcanoes
    • Rivers and lakes
    • England
    • Scotland
    • Wales
    • Ireland and Northern Ireland
    • Cities
    • Regions, Boroughs, Counties, Council areas, Principal areas, and Districts
    • And more
  • Drag and drop the countries to the correct location on the map with the Countries puzzle.
  • Choose what country a flag represents.
  • Identify the countries of the European Union.
  • Locate countries that have a reigning monarch.
  • Pinpoint the countries that use the Euro as their official currency.

All the games are easy to play but challenging to master as the student commits the information to memory. 

Reading Lists for Homeschoolers!

August 24th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, August 24, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

iHomeschool Network/Reading Lists

(ihomeschoolnetwork.com/homeschool-reading-lists/)

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

 

Just in time for back to school! Here is a resource you’ll love. The iHomeschool Network has earned our praise for developing the reading list of all reading lists! They explain: 

Sometimes it’s difficult to sort through all of the massive amounts of information to discover what is truly useful to our homeschooling children or our own selves. With so many resources available both online and in everyday chatter among homeschooling families, internet searches, Pinterest and chat groups it can be hard to narrow down to what works versus what doesn’t. That’s why we wanted to bring you our favorite reading lists for homeschoolers.

They have gathered their top reading lists and sorted them by relevant categories and organized them alphabetically! When you visit the website, scroll down through the various categories to locate a myriad of reading lists. Choose from: 

  • Reading Lists for Homeschool How-to, Resources, and Advice
  • Homeschool Educational Methods
  • Reading List by Age Groups:
    • Early Childhood
    • Babies & Toddlers
    • Preschool – Kindergarten
    • Elementary School (1st Grade – 4th Grade)
    • Middle School (5th Grade – 8th Grade)
    • High School (9th Grade – Graduation)
  • Reading Lists by Subjects
  • Classics
  • Favorites/Topical
  • And Many More!

Bookmark this page and return often. You’ll find yourself falling in love with reading all over again while you share the love with your children!

Middle/High School Math Lessons & Activities

August 1st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 1, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TheMathWebSite

(www.themathwebsite.com/NEW/MAIN_TOPICS.php)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website was developed to provide classroom teachers with interesting activities (along with printable materials) that reinforce and enhance math lessons for high school students. (Some middle school students may enjoy this as well). It can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

The site has lots of content, but can be a little confusing to navigate. When you get to the homepage click on “Math Topics” where there is a complete index of the math lessons and activities that include: 

  • Arithmetic Basics (Addition, Division, Multiplication, Subtraction)
  • Binomials
  • Circles
  • Ellipses
  • Exponents
  • Geometric Series
  • Hyperbolas
  • Money/Interest
  • Parabolas
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Radicals/Roots
  • Ratios
  • Trigonometry
  • Word Problems and more.

Back on the home page, you’ll find other activities to enhance understanding: 

  • Puzzles
  • Activities – games such as BlackJack, HanoiTowers, Sudoku, etc.
  • Diversions – math quotes, math poems, riddles
  • Math Stamps – portraits of famous mathematicians that can be used to add relevance and interest to any math topic
  • And more!
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