Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Reading – Storybooks Online

October 4th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 4, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Children’s Storybooks Online

(www.magickeys.com/books/index.html)

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

 

This award-winning site contains original stories with illustrations for young children, as well as stories for older kids and young adults too.

This ad-supported archived website gives you many riddles, mazes, and coloring activities that are coordinated with the stories. You can also click on a “sound” link to listen to some of the stories. One example is the book The Farm Animals – by Rolando Merino. It’s a free, complete, online, Click-a-Word Talking eBook! You can click and hear every individual word pronounced, hear every page read, and listen to real farm animal sounds!

There is real potential here for older siblings to read the online stories to their younger brothers and sisters – so it’s a friendly site for the entire family.

Going to this site is a little like going to the library without leaving home!

Science With Fall Leaves & More!

October 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Made Simple: Autumn Leaves and Fall Foliage

(www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

It’s fall and kids everywhere are asking, “Why do leaves change color in the fall?” This site answers everything kids want to know about autumn leaves that includes scientific information, quick-and-easy science experiments, etc.

But wait, there’s more! Look at the menu at the top of the page and click on “Science Projects.” Here you’ll find links to projects using common household items that explore topics such as: 

  • What is static electricity?
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • How do animals spend the winter?

Again at the top menu, click on “Articles.” There you’ll find information and activities on a variety of science subjects.
 
Also check out “Science Fair” with topic suggestions, project ideas, and more.
 
If you like what the site has to offer, you can sign up for their monthly newsletter for a fee and access even more science projects and resources.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

September 30th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 30, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Guitar Zone

(www.kidsguitarzone.com/)

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

 

Kids can learn the basics of playing a guitar with these free lessons from Andrew Keppie. Lessons are presented through short video presentations that focus on one concept at a time.

Lessons start with the basics and single string songs and progress through more complex chords. Lessons include: 

  • Lesson 1 – the parts of a guitar, how to hold a guitar, tuning a guitar and reading a tablature
  • Lesson 2 – Learn to play some songs on one string including “Smoke on the Water”, “The Peter Gunn Theme”, “Summer Lovin'”, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, and “Seven Nation Army.”
  • Lesson 3 – Play two string songs such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “Blister in the Sun”, and “Jingle Bells” chorus.
  • Lesson 4 – Three string songs include “Happy Birthday”, “Beat It”, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, “The Skye Boat Song”, “1 2 3 4 5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive”, “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, “The James Bond Theme”, and “Jingle Bells” the verse.
  • Lesson 5 – Songs on 4 strings are “La Bamba”, “Jack and Jill”, “Yankee Doodle”, “The Farmer in the Dell”, and “The Pink Panther Theme.”
  • Lesson 6 – how to play chords and read chord windows
  • Lesson 7 – Play “Wild Thing” with three chords.
  • Lesson 8 – Using three chords, learn to play “Yellow Submarine” and “Shake It Off.”
  • Lesson 9 – Learn to use power chords to play “Beat It.”
  • Lesson 10 – Learn to play a simple version of “Gangnam Style.”

Most lessons include multiple videos and accompanying downloadable PDFs. Select the “Kids Guitars” link in the menu for some information on selecting a guitar for your student.

If you have a child interested in playing the guitar, this website will provide a good starting point.

Art Projects for Older Kids

September 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 23, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Sign Language Video Dictionary

(www.signingsavvy.com/browse-letter)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides a free, interactive video dictionary with over 7,000 words and phrases that can be used as a resource for educators, students, or anyone interested in learning or improving American Sign Language (ASL) skills.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a “Browse by Letter” menu. Simply click on a letter, and a new page opens with a menu of words and phrases that begin with that letter. Click on the word or phrase, and a new page opens where you can watch a video of a person demonstrating how to sign that word. You’ll also find a written definition of the word.

There is a menu near the top of the page that allows you to look up: 

  • Fingerspelling
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • U.S. States
  • World Geography
  • Baby Sign

As you explore the site, you’ll notice that additional information such as a full written description of how to make the sign, and a memory aid for the sign, and (in some cases) flash cards and other features are provided for members who can access the entire site ad-free. Look under the “About Us” section on the menu to find information on membership fees.

That said, you don’t have to purchase a thing to use the interactive video dictionary that serves as a fascinating introduction to sign language – and it’s a great way for those of you who know ASL to refresh your knowledge of signing various words.

Congress for Kids

September 21st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 21, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Congress for Kids

(www.congressforkids.net/)

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

 

Discover the foundations of the U.S. federal government and how its actions affect our lives with this website from The Dirksen Center.

Using the side bar menu and through text, games, and quizzes, students can learn about: 

  • Independence – Examine how America came to free itself from British rule.
  • Constitution – Discover the history and meaning of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Amendments.
  • Legislative Branch – Learn about the House of Representatives, the Senate, how laws are made and the power of the veto.
  • Executive Branch – Explore who makes up the Executive branch of government and their jobs.
  • Judicial Branch – Find out about the role of the Supreme Court.
  • Elections – Learn about voting procedures, political parties, National Conventions, campaigning, the electoral college and more.
  • Citizenship – Discover what it means to be a citizen of the United States.

Each section is broken down into smaller topics. Select the topic of interest, read over the information, then select the starred activity at the bottom or the “Learn More” link. Activities include crossword puzzles, word searches, cryptograms, quizzes and more that can be printed out using the print function of your browser. There are some online matching games and additional off-site activities that can be found by selecting the “Surf with Uncle Sam” block on the right-hand side of the page. We did find some links that led to dead ends but the majority of them did lead to other activities.

In addition to the main portions of this site, don’t forget to look at the sidebars for quick facts, “Things to Think About”, “Projects to Do”, and other “Online Learning Modules” to further expand your studies.

Science with BioKids!

September 19th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 19, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BioKids: Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species

(www.biokids.umich.edu/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of a research project developed by the University of Michigan with resources and activities to improve learning science with a focus on biology and biodiversity. It’s designed for classroom use, but it’s a terrific resource for homeschoolers as well!

When you get to the site use the horizontal menu near the top of the screen to explore: 

  • Critter Catalog – Discover an array of vertebrates such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Then check out the invertebrates that include mollusks, insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans. Information here includes pictures, specimens, sounds the critters make, and scientific classification.
  • Field Guides – While there is a focus here on the wildlife habitat of Michigan, you’ll find terrific all-around information under “Tracks and Sign” that includes keys to animal tracks, marks left by animals chewing, biting, and rubbing, things animals build, eggs, and things animals leave behind.
  • Resources – You’ll find a terrific archive of links to websites about animals and biodiversity. Don’t miss the “Multimedia Resources” in the “Links for Teachers” section that include links to sites with ideas for curricula.
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