Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Holiday Crafts for Kids!

December 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 22, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas and Winter Crafts for Kids

(www.craftideas.info/html/k-winter.html)

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

 

This ad-supported, mega-crafts website provides lots of step-by-step instructions for easy Christmas and winter crafts designed to help parents and children spend some creative quality time together.

For many of these projects you only need paper, scissors, glue, and crayons or markers. When you get to the site, you’ll see some “Google Ads” listed at the top of the page. Below them you’ll find an extensive menu of crafts (interspersed with more Google ads) that your kids are sure to enjoy making for the holiday and winter season including: 

  • Paper Gingerbread Man
  • Candy Cane Paper Ornament
  • Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
  • Easy Orange Pomanders
  • Pom-Pom Santa Claus
  • Beaded Tree Ornaments
  • Chenille Snowflakes

Click on any one for a list of materials, full instructions, and free printable craft patterns. As the website suggests, make some hot cocoa, put on some holiday tunes and enjoy a couple of afternoons helping your kids create wonderful holiday craft projects that make great decorations and gifts!
 
When you’re through exploring the kids section at this site, use the menu to find free craft patterns and tutorials for every season and for every age and ability.

How Everyday Things Are Made

December 11th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, December 11, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

How Everyday Things Are Made

(manufacturing.stanford.edu/)

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

 

This website provides videos explaining the manufacturing process of everything from candy to airplanes.

Designed with kids and families in mind, the videos show how over 40 different products are made. It even explains manufacturing processes, like forging, casting, and injection molding.

When you get to the website you’ll see an introduction. Just click on the words, “How Everyday Things Are Made.” A new page opens with an introductory video that explains the easiest way to navigate the site. Don’t miss it, as it points out special features beyond the manufacturing videos, including a section with thought-provoking questions and a section called “Apply It” that gets you to use your reasoning skills to apply the knowledge you’ve gained at the site.

Bookmark this one, as you’ll want to return often to view all of the videos.

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How Products Are Made

This site contains 7 volumes that list various products from toys to industrial equipment and details the manufacturing process of each one through text and illustrations. As the introduction at the site explains, this site provides step by step descriptions of the assembly and the manufacturing process. Each product also has related information such as the background, how the item works, who invented the product, raw materials that were used, product applications, by-products that are generated, etc. For example, you can find here descriptions of Air Bag, Air Conditioner, Artificial Snow, Automobile, Battery, Blue Jeans, Chewing Gum, Coin, Compact Disc, plus many, many more!

When you get to the site you will see the menu for all 7 volumes. You can click on one of the volumes on the menu. A new page opens listing the products in that volume in alphabetical order. Select any one, click on it, and a new page opens. Careful, at the top of each page you will find “Google Ads” — scroll past them to get to the information about how the product is made.

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.”

The CIA for Kids!

November 29th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 29, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CIA for Kids

(www.cia.gov/kids-page)

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

 

When you think about the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), “kids” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. So, you may be surprised to see what they offer for children on their “Kids’Zone” page.

Find out about the history of the CIA and what they do including how they use dogs and pigeons to gather intelligence. You can also try your hand at breaking a secret code!

When you get to the site you will see a menu on the right side of your screen that includes: 

  • K-5th Grade – Click on this link and a new page opens with a brief introduction to the CIA for younger elementary grade students. Look for the menu on the left side of the screen that includes an opportunity to learn all about the CIA Seal, find out about the CIA K-9 Corp (kids will love reading the personal stories of 23 different “spy” dogs), and get a bird’s eye view of the CIA (includes info about how carrier pigeons help the CIA).
  • 6th-12th Grade Homepage – Click on this link to access info designed for older students including: 
    • Who We Are & What We Do – Includes a more in-depth look at the mission, structure, and the operations of the CIA.
    • Getting a Job at the CIA – Explains the qualifications one must have to work for the CIA.
    • Operation History – When you click this, don’t miss “one of the most secret museums in the world” to take a virtual tour of the CIA museum and its artifacts. More advanced students might like to read the “History of American Intelligence” and “The History of the CIA” – in-depth looks at the history of the CIA from the Revolutionary War through WWII. Of particular interest for older students are the spy biographies which can be accessed by clicking “The CIA Hall of Fame.” Here you will find several U.S. presidents (including George Washington, Herbert Hoover, and George Bush), Nathan Hale, Harriet Tubman, and even a heroic spy who, with several names and only one leg, was the only female ever to earn the Distinguished Service Cross, one of the highest honors issued by the U.S. military.

Once you’ve checked out the grade-specific sections, have some fun by clicking on “Games” on the menu. Junior spies of every age, will have fun with a CIA puzzle, word find, and trying to decipher a secret code.

As always, parents should preview this material to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.

Learn Native American Languages

November 17th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 17, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native Languages of the Americas

(www.native-languages.org/)

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

 

This simple website, presented by the Minnesota non-profit corporation, Native Languages of the Americas, is “dedicated to the preservation and promotion of endangered American Indian languages.”

After arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links broken down into the following categories: 

  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families – Explore over 25 Amerindian language families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages – links to purchase books about Native American languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages – links to other related websites

Each category provides a list of links to more pages with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the “Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources” you will find links to: 

  • An alphabetical list of Native American languages that you can explore
  • Native American language worksheets that include online picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and printable body parts worksheets for over 50 different languages
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Geographical index of Native American tribes
  • Maps of Native American culture areas
  • An online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

This website would be an excellent supplemental resource in your studies of Native Americans. While this minimally ad-supported website may not be fancy, there is an abundance of fascinating information and learning material for those seeking a glimpse into Native American languages.

Fun Facts About Fungi

November 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Intermountain Herbarium

(herbarium.usu.edu/fungi/FunFacts/factindx.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision; however, non-readers will need help navigating the site and younger children may enjoy some of the interactive games)

 

This website is designed to help kids learn all about fungi.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Experiments, Puzzles, & Games – Click on this section to find activities that will help you learn about fungi. Learn the parts of a mushroom, discover where fungi live and grow, cook with fungus, try a science experiment or two, and play an online mushroom hunt game.
  • Fun Facts About Fungi – This section contains fascinating information about the biodiversity of fungi. Learn about various forms of fungi including mushrooms, lichens, and slime molds. Find out how insects coexist with fungi, learn the history of penicillin, and discover how forms of fungi are used in medicine and industry.
  • Teacher’s Guide – This section is really a site map that displays the topics covered in the items mentioned above. Also check out “Meet The Authors” where you can read a brief bio on the creators of this website.

This site provides a great introduction to the study of fungi. If your students want to know more, try this site as well: FungiSee stunning photography of fungi, yeasts, slimes, molds, rusts, etc.

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