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Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 17th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 17, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vedic Mathematics Academy

(www.vedicmaths.org/Introduction/Tutorial/Tutorial.asp)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This commercial site provides information and free sample tutorials on Vedic Mathematics.

What’s “Vedic Mathematics”?  As explained at the website: 

Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of Indian Mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research, all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae.

These formulae describe the way the mind naturally works and are therefore a great help in directing the student to the appropriate method of solution…. The simplicity of Vedic Mathematics means that calculations can be carried out mentally (though the methods can also be written down).

Words really don’t begin to describe this innovative way to solve math problems and mentally calculate answers to math equations. It almost makes learning math like learning fun magic tricks. Go to the website and try the free sample tutorials that explain ways to find arithmetic solutions for: 

  • Multiplication
  • Subtracting Fractions
  • Finding Square Roots
  • Division

Click on any tutorial. Read the instructions and apply the Vedic method to find the solutions to an array of sample problems. Your kids will enjoy experimenting!

For those who have never heard of or tried this method before, it will really set your mind to thinking about math differently.

If your kids struggle with mathematics the Vedic system may provide an alternative method that suits the way your child learns best. This site sells products that teach the Vedic system, but the sample tutorials are free. It also provides many links to other websites with articles, downloads, activities, and further resources for learning Vedic mathematics. We have not reviewed these other websites.

Just FYI, YouTube.com carries some free Vedic math tutorials. Just go to YouTube.com and enter “Vedic math tutorials” in the search engine. A menu of free instructional videos on the Vedic system pops up that you can explore on your own. We have not reviewed the YouTube presentations on Vedic math, so parents AS ALWAYS should preview the material and supervise use.

Walk through Time with History Games

April 13th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 13, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Walk through Time

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/walk/games_index.shtml)

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

 

The archived Walk Through Time website is from the BBC television series of the same name. While geared for ages 7-9, it provides entertainment and education that the whole family can enjoy about the following eras in history: Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian, and the 1950’s.

As explained in the Teachers/Parents section, “The site does not aim to be a comprehensive guide to any one particular period, but rather an exploration of change, development and chronology.”

When you get to the site you will see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Odd-One-Out Games – Choose an era in history. A picture of a typical street scene or home setting appears on the screen. Your job is to detect what items in the picture do not belong in the scene and send it through “The Time Tunnel.”
  • The TimeStrip – This offers the opportunity to explore the personalities of people living in different eras of history.
  • What Came First? – A randomly generated series of pictures from various historical eras are presented on the screen. Your job is to put them in chronological order.
  • In Living Memory – This section provides a guided activity that encourages kids to interview relatives or neighbors and create a living history of their lives.
  • Print and Do – Printable activities to do offline that explore historical eras.

All of the games and activities can be used to enhance the study of Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian or post WWII history. They can also be used as a starting point for a lesson about the lives of men, women and children during different historical eras. Use it to discuss the differences in people’s lives based on their place in society (i.e., from peasants to kings). These activities are also great conversation starters and can generate discussion about changes in living conditions, work, transportation, clothes, food, architecture, and technology through time.

Be a WebRanger!

April 11th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 11, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WebRangers

(www.nps.gov/webrangers/index.cfm)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a free online WebRanger program for kids with over 50 games and activities that teach about national parks, monuments, and historic sites all provided by the National Park Service.

We suggest you click on “Visit” on your first experience and just look around and play the activities (rated Easy, Medium, and Hard) in these categories: 

  • People – Learn about U.S. Presidents, Thomas Edison, Paul Revere.
  • History – Discover arctic artifacts. set sail on a Navy war ship in 1812.
  • Nature – Discover dendrochronology (tell time with tree rings) and take The Puma Challenge!
  • Puzzles – Break the alpha code names for national parks, send a message with a signal flag, go on a website scavenger hunt.
  • Science – Test the water quality, virtually explore tidepools, find out what dinosaurs ate.
  • Parks – Play “Name That Park,” help a ranger, learn the 10 essentials for having fun and staying safe in parks.
  • Animals – Pack a virtual dog sled, protect bald eagles, and help baby sea turtles find the ocean.

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of multi-media online games and activities that teach as they entertain. From simple match games to challenging quests, you won’t believe the amount of content delivered.  

Bookmark this site, you simply can’t see it all in one visit.

Also, National Parks Week is April 15-23, 2017 and during April 15-16 and 22-23: Visit for free! On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission! Many of them are also offering educational and entertaining activities including historical reenactments, living history, guided tours, volunteer clean-up programs, and much, much more. Find your park!

Pueblo Indian History for Kids

April 6th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 6, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pueblo Indian History for Kids

(www.crowcanyon.org/EducationProducts/pueblo_history_kids/introduction.asp)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the history of the Pueblo Indians with this website from the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Targeted towards upper elementary and middle school students, students can easily navigate through the site using the timeline format and learn the chronological story of the Pueblo Indians. After reading the introductory information on the home page, click the link in either the upper banner or in the lower right hand corner to begin exploring using the timeline. On the timeline, you can chronologically examine the development of the Pueblo Indian Nation through the following time periods: 

  • Paleoindian – through 6000 B.C.
  • Archaic – 6000 – 500 B.C.
  • Basketmaker – 500 B.C. – A.D. 750
  • Pueblo I – A.D. 750 – 900
  • Pueblo II – A.D. 900 – 1300
  • Post-Migration – A.D.1300 – 1950
  • Modern Pueblo – A.D. 1950 – today

When arriving at the selected page, texts and images provide the student with an overview of the time-period. Throughout the pages, click on the blue highlighted words to learn vocabulary definitions or click the “Glossary” link in the upper left to see all the associated vocabulary. Each page, except for the Post-Migration page, includes links in the upper right for the time-period to: 

  • Explore a related interactive map.
  • Discover what food was eaten.
  • Learn about their housing.
  • See information about artifacts.

At the bottom of each page is a link to the “For Teachers” page that explains why to teach about Pueblo history.

This is a wonderful site that students can use on their own or with a teacher.

Fun Poetry Lessons & Activities for Kids

April 5th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 5, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Giggle Poetry

(www.gigglepoetry.com/index.aspx)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

April is National Poetry Month! This website offers such a fun way to introduce kids to poetry. It provides free lessons and activities that will inspire the poet in your child. This site is designed with classroom teachers in mind, but most of the content can be tweaked for homeschool use as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of featured items in the center of the screen and a menu on the left that you can use to navigate through topics such as: 

  • Poetry Class – Use these easy-to-follow instructions to learn how to write funny poems in no time at all. Write poetry about feelings, songs, seasons – and learn to write limericks and haiku too.
  • Poetry Fun – Try to say some tongue twisters, learn to rhyme, and try your hand at fill-in-the-blank poetry.
  • Poetry Theater – Perform plays using a selection of popular and funny poems archived here.
  • Read & Rate – Find a selection of poems on topics such as summer fun, birthdays, yucky poems, love poems, food poems, scary poems and many more. Read the poetry and then rate it on the giggle meter.
  • Ask the Poet – Read the bios and get the scoop on your favorite children’s poets.

There is much more to explore at this site, so bookmark it to return often.

Free Mnemonic Multiplication Videos

March 27th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, March 27, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Multiplication.com

(www.multiplication.com/learn/fact-navigator)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website, offers free video lessons on how to learn the multiplication times tables from 0-9, through the use of mnemonic memory devices.

These learning tools help kids associate rhymes, stories, pictures and activities with arithmetic to make memorization easier. 

The premise is to address the learning modalities of every student. Each lesson uses pictures for the visual learner, stories for the auditory learner and an activity for the kinesthetic learner who learns by moving, doing, and touching.

When you get to the website, you can choose from the multiplication facts shown or you can start with the pre-test link at the top of the page to determine which multiplication facts are problematic for your child/student.

There are also lessons on how to teach the times tables from zero through nine under the Parents link. And make sure to check out the games!

As we mentioned, this is a commercial website. The freebie is an introduction to their books, games, and other math resources available for purchase.

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