Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Free Classical Math Curriculum from 1878

May 20th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, May 20, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DonPotter.net

(www.donpotter.net/education_pages/math.html)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This very plain website houses a most unusual math resource. It has a downloadable arithmetic book from 1878! Even if you have a fabulous math program already, it is fun to look at and see what kids learned from over 140 years ago.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction explaining that the book, “First Lessons In Arithmetic,” was published in 1878 and handed down from one generation to the next by the Potter family. Don Potter decided to put the antiquated volume on the net because, “This math book will provide home school parents… a incomparable tool from the past to help their students master the fundamentals of arithmetic.”

Chapters on the menu include: 

  • Counting & Addition
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Notation and Numeration
  • Advanced Addition & Subtraction
  • Long Multiplication
  • Long Division
  • Money, etc.

Click on any chapter, and a .pdf file opens with problems and instructions, accompanied by illustrations sure to create nostalgia for a bygone era. In addition to the free textbook, Mr. Potter offers a few other links to math resources on this site as well.

New England History-Only a Click Away

May 16th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, May 16, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Centuries: View from New England

(www.americancenturies.mass.edu/)

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

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England.  

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics: 

  • Highlights of the Online Collection – Browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic.
  • Explore the Online Collection – Using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest.
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – Search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries.)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include: 

  • Dress Up – See, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively.
  • First Person – Read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them.
  • Magic Lens -Easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens.”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from: 

  • Turn of the Centuries – Focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – Takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays’ Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

Free Interactive Math Games

May 13th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, May 13, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HoodaMath

(www.hoodamath.com/)

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

 

HoodaMath.com is an ad-supported website that offers over 1,000 math games to learn and practice basic math skills for kindergarten through high school.

When you get to the site, you can choose one of the featured games or you can scroll down to see: 

  • Math Games by Grade
  • Math Games by Subject – Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Integers, Algebra

Notice that the games can be sorted by game style as well – such as games that require the player to escape, shop, grow, etc.

You’ll also find links to some animated math “movies” and math tutorials that provide instruction in Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percent, Integers, Order of Operations, Algebra, and Geometry designed for grades 3-8. The videos are meant to be entertaining, but may seem silly to more mature kids.

To find the movies and tutorials, along with math tests and math manipulatives, scroll to the menu at the bottom of the home page. 

IMPORTANT: Every game is free to play but is accompanied by a randomly generated advertisement. As always, parents should preview the website and supervise all Internet access.

All About Horses!

May 9th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, May 9, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Horse History

(imh.org/education/education-resources/)

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

 

This multi-media website is from The International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park. We also included some other horse websites – your child will have a “gallop” of fun…


When you get to the site, scroll down to the Classroom Materials where you can download some activities organized by age range including: 

  • Bridle Anatomy Worksheet
  • Horse Breeds Activity
  • Horses in Mythology
  • Thoroughbred Life Cycle Activity
  • Transportation in Early America Activity
  • The Genetics of Horse Coat Color
  • Stage-coach Days in Kentucky History
  • And more!

If you have horse lovers in your family – don’t miss this site!

And here are some other sites with activities related to horses: 

PBS Kids: Horses – Fun activities from PBS to help little kids learn about horses

AWhiteHorse.com – Just click on the icons of various horse breeds to access printable coloring pages for free!

Virtually Visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

May 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 3, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

(www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/exhibits/socal-marine-habitats.asp)

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

 

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located next to the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro, California. The museum’s website offers a virtual tour of their exhibit hall that includes photographs and information about the many marine animals housed at the aquarium.

When you get to the site you can explore the exhibit areas that include: 

  • Kelp Forests – The richest habitat along the California rocky shores, kelp forests provide food and shelter to a large number of animals living on the shore and in the ocean.
  • Rocky Shores – a difficult place for critters to survive, with drying air at low tide and battering surf at high tide. Meet the animals that call this environment “home” including sea urchins, sea anemones, and sea hares.
  • Mudflats – A few animals have adapted to living in this shifting, moving habitat including halibuts and crabs. Meet them in this exhibit.
  • Open Ocean – Get to know some creatures that live in the deep sea including bizarre and beautiful fish – and sharks too!
  • Sandy Beaches – Meet the California Skate and a Sand Dollar

This website provides an overview of the aquarium’s exhibits and is an educational treat all by itself. It’s also a great way to prepare kids for a trip to an aquarium or tide pool.

Free Interactive Writing Prompts & Lessons

May 1st, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WritingFix

(writingfix.com/)

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

 

This website provides all kinds of free, interactive writing prompts, lessons, and resources designed to inspire a passion for writing

As explained at the site, it has “strategically designed lessons to help ‘fix’ teachers who don’t enjoy teaching writing.”

It was designed for classroom teachers and students, but can be easily adapted for use in the homeschool environment. There is so much content at this site, that a brief review can hardly do it justice. So, we’ll focus on a few aspects, and leave it to you to explore the rest on your own.

The first thing you should know is that there is a lot going on at this site – so much so, that it can be a little overwhelming. Our advice is to visit the site when you really have some time to sort through what’s available. There is both “free content” and some “fee content” on the site. 

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and some featured items. Place your cursor over the menu on the left to see the drop-down list of options for each menu item that includes: 

  • Writing Prompts – Get a variety of quick and easy prompts for kids that will inspire daily writing. Most are interactive that require you to fill in blanks or click on buttons to generate some ideas.
  • Mentor Text Lessons – Get free writing lessons for grades K-12 themed around picture books, chapter books, literature excerpts, poetry, short stories, and even popular song lyrics!
  • And so much more!

As we mentioned, there is much more available for you to review on your own. It may be easier to just sign up to have the FREE writing lesson emailed to you each month. To do that, click on the link under “Free Monthly Lessons” on the left margin of the homepage.

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