Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Help Reluctant Readers with Cartoons

April 4th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

(www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/)

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

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 

  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 

  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “mad as a hatter.”

Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

Free Kids’ History Videos

March 29th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Brookdale House – History Videos for Kids

(brookdalehouse.com/history-videos-for-kids/)

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

 

This section of the curriculum publisher’s website (Brookdale House) provides a collection of hundreds of YouTube videos to use to supplement your history studies.

The videos are sorted into four time period collections: 

  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • Early Modern History
  • Modern History

When arriving at today’s link, it is helpful to read through the information to understand what has been included in the collections as well as tips for watching.


Visitors can move between time periods using the right-hand menu or the home page of this section.


Once you have decided on a time-period to browse, use your mouse to hover over the images to see the name or content of the video. Click the image and the video player will open on the page. Click anywhere off the video to return to the page you were on. Types of videos include: 

  • Documentaries and re-enactments
  • Lectures
  • Songs for learning facts
  • Audio readings
  • Clips from modern events
  • And much more

While the selection of videos is targeted for elementary and middle school age students, they could easily benefit the older student as well.

As always, be sure to preview the videos for suitability for your family.

Easter Egg Math for K-12!

March 26th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, March 26, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chickscope – EggMath

(chickscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/explore/eggmath/)

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

 

Easter and Spring Festivals are here! Eggs are everywhere in omelettes to Easter baskets! Here are some fun ways to use eggs to learn math.

The egg’s interesting mathematical properties are explored at this site. Explore the symmetry of eggs, dividing eggs equally, spherical geometry, and embryo calculus to determine how many cells are in a chick and more. When you get to the site just click on the module that interests you on the menu, and a new page opens with lesson plans and activities.

And here are more sites with eggs-citing activities:
 
HotChalk Lesson Plans Page


This website offers an Easter-egg-themed math lesson for kindergartners in a classroom. It can easily be adjusted for use in a homeschool or as a family activity.
 
Egg Carton Math


Recycle your egg cartons into a fun math game that kids of all ages will enjoy! (NOTE: You’ll have to sign up as a member of Education.com if you are not already.)
 
Egg Math Brain Teaser


Are you an egghead? Kids (grade 3 and up) will have to use their eggs to figure out the answer to this reverse cryptogram.

Solve the Mysteries of Plant Life!

March 20th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Plant Escape

(extension.illinois.edu/gpe/index.cfm/)

Age Range: 8-11 (Designed for Grades 4-5, but can be tweaked for a broader age/ability range – with parental supervision)

 

The University of Illinois Extension offers this free, fun science unit that will help your students solve the mysteries of plant life!

The interdisciplinary lessons introduce kids to plant science and how foods grow while enhancing their knowledge of science, math, language arts, social studies, music and art. The activities are flexible and can be used separately or in an ordered manner. Some are designed with independent study in mind, others are group or classroom activities that can be tweaked for the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, click “enter” to begin the adventure. Or, if you prefer, click on the “Teacher’s Guide” on the menu to get some pointers in how to use the program. Either way, you will be introduced to six “Case Studies” as follows:

  • In Search of Green Life – Find out about the interrelationships that exist between people and plants. Learn about plant structure, plant parts, plant life cycles, and growing plants indoors.
  • Soiled Again – Learn about the composition of soil, nutrients in soil, gardening indoors, and composting.
  • Is It Dust, Dirt, Dandruff or a Seed? – Explore seeds, seed structure, germination, and non-flowering plants.
  • Plantenstein is the Suspect – Discover how plants reproduce and learn about pollination and flower parts.
  • Mysterious Parts That Surprise – Learn all about the differences and similarities between bulbs, rhizomes, and tubers.
  • You’ve Learned the Mysteries of Green Life – Test your knowledge of plants and plant life and enjoy additional activities such as growing lettuce, making a salad, and growing an indoor garden.

Each “Case Study” assumes the student is a detective searching to solve plant mysteries. These “Case Studies” are lessons cleverly disguised as fun activities that teach as they engage students in the process of learning about the science of plants.

St. Patrick’s Day Music for Kids

March 17th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 17, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Let’s Play Music – Celtic Songs for Kids for St. Patrick’s Day

(www.letsplaykidsmusic.com/celtic-songs-for-st-patricks-day-kids/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We found some fun music to add to your St. Patrick Day celebrations.

This ad-supported blog post provides YouTube videos of classic Celtic music including: 

  • The Irish Washerwoman
  • Gary Owen
  • Royal Irish Regiments’ Quick Marches
  • Paddy McGinty’s Goat
  • I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
  • Michael Finnegan

It also includes a video of the Ceili Irish Dance.

And here are 2 more blog posts: 

Marc Gunn – 12 Irish Songs for Kids for St. Patrick’s Day

Celt singer Marc Gunn shares audios from his CD St. Patrick’s Day Songs for Kids on his blog as well as a few not on the CD. Some of the songs are his original compositions. He also includes in this post links to some of the lyrics. Songs include: 

  • Rattlin’ Bog
  • I’ll Tell My Ma
  • Mairi’s Wedding
  • Gypsy Rover
  • Loch Lomond
  • The Mermaid Song

And more.

Living Montessori Now – Free St. Patrick’s Day Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time 

Along with some St. Patrick’s Day resource video links, this page includes the following YouTube video songs for kids: 

  • St. Patrick’s Day Song
  • Little Leprechaun Song for Kids
  • Green, Green, Green, Green
  • Potatoes and Cabbage
  • Counting with a Leprechaun

There are also links to more pages across the web for even more St. Patrick’s Day themed songs, rhymes, and fingerplays, mostly geared for younger children.

Science with Goos, Doughs, Clays, & Compounds!

March 13th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

100+ Goo Recipes

(web.archive.org/web/20050414073557/www.geocities.com/Heartland/3893/Goo.html)

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

 

One of the greatest ways to introduce kids to science is through experiments that involve mixing things together to create something new, interesting, odd, strange, weird and fun! 

There are no bells and whistles at this website, just a simple archive of over 100 recipes for concoctions like slime, play dough, silly putty, and more. (Sometimes, simplicity is so refreshing, isn’t it?) NOTE: Not all of the links work, but there are definitely enough recipes to keep your children busy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of recipes divided into categories that include: 

  • Dough’s – Get recipes for play doughs made from flour, coffee, cornmeal, oatmeal, peanut butter, and more!
  • Clay, Goo & other Compounds – Make chocolate clay, clean mud, and the popular non-Newtonian solid using cornstarch and water. Make clay from dryer lint and Kool-Aid, make GAK (using borax and Elmer’s glue), get recipes for sand clay, silly putty, and slime!
  • Papier-mâché – Use dryer lint, strips of paper, and pastes of all textures to create imaginative designs.
  • Paints, Dyes and Crayons – Learn to make your soapy finger paint, and pudding paint. You’ll even find instructions for coloring rice and pasta.
  • Bubbles, Chalk , Stamps, Make-up – Get recipes for all kinds of bubble solutions, make sidewalk chalk, and create your own fruit-flavored stamps.
  • Art, Activities, Gifts – Make salt sculptures, preserve flowers, make ornaments and bath salts.

Click on any one to get the instructions. Then, your kids can mix potions (just like real chemists!) and make fun substances that they can use for open-ended play or to use in arts and crafts projects.

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