Posts Tagged ‘language’

Open Source Literary Works & More

March 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Open Culture

(www.openculture.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision – there is something for everyone here!)

 

Wow! Wow! Wow! Would you like access to “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”? Then take a look at today’s amazing website.

OpenCulture.com offers “free, high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.” You’ll find enriching, intelligent literary and cultural works delivered in a variety of ways to suit every learning style.
 
When you get to the website simply use the menu to access a terrific selection of free: 

  • Audio Books – Enjoy fiction and literature, non-fiction, poetry, and get access to an amazing list of audio book podcast websites.
  • Online Courses – Take over 1,200 free courses in Literature, History, Math, Science, Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and more.
  • Movies – Access free movies online!
  • Languages – Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more.

Developed in 2006, by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and some terrific techies, this site is dedicated to “bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences.”

This is a terrific library of resources that you can use again and again. Bookmark it to return often.

Learn a Language with Digital Books

March 18th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 18, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Unite For Literacy

(www.uniteforliteracy.com/)

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

 

Today’s website provides a unique way to discover the languages of the world. The purpose of the website is to “support beginning readers of all ages” and to “provide unique audio support to families who speak (or are learning to speak) English, indigenous or foreign languages.”

Because the books are easy readers and with the added availability audio feature, we think this would be a wonderful tool for early foreign language learners.

When arriving at the site, you will see a pop up window that asks for “Your Community” information such as country, zip or county which you can dismiss if you want. Unite for Literacy uses the information for studies. Book texts can be in English or Spanish. Click the pencil icon to choose which you want. Then select the “Narration” icon to choose the language in which you would like the stories read. The books available in that language will populate. After selecting the book you want, use the arrows to flip through the pages, and select the appropriate speaker icon for the language in which you wish to hear the story. In addition to English, Spanish, and French, other narration languages include: 

  • Native American languages
  • Danish
  • Portuguese
  • Turkish
  • German
  • Italia
  • Vietnamese
  • Farsi
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Arabic

And much more. This website could provide your beginning language student with some valuable practice and open up a new window into new vocabulary.

St. Pat’s Day Language Arts & Much More!

March 15th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rainbows, Shamrocks and Leprechauns

(www.homefires.com/articles/st_paddys_day.asp)

Age Range: 3-14 (Grades PreK-8 approximately – and fun for the whole family!)

 

With St. Patrick’s Day only a couple of days away, we are highlighting some fun ideas from Diane Flynn Keith’s websites for cross-curricular celebrations – many of which you can do last minute!

This website has a wonderful article by veteran homeschool mom, Fran Wisniewski offering a fun array of St. Patty’s Day arts, crafts, and activities for ages 6-14 that cover math, science, language arts, and much more!

And for preschoolers, St. Patrick’s Day Fun for Preschoolers has an article with a few suggestions for some fun learning activities you can do with the little ones. Try Diane’s family’s recipe for a festive beverage today – a “Darby O’Gill”!

Fun for the whole family: A Potato Curriculum – Potatoes are an Irish food staple. Go on a Potato Hunt, explore a potato, conduct a potato science experiment, get creative with mashed potatoes – and have fun learning!

Say ‘Thank You” in Every Language

March 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Omniglot

(www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/thankyou.htm)

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

 

This website will teach you how to say “Thank You” in the many languages of the world.

Most of the languages include audio files so you can hear how the word is supposed to sound when it’s pronounced. Plus, in some cases the name of the language is linked to another page containing more words and phrases you can learn.

BONUS! YouTube: Thank You Song In 45 Languages.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZmphu1HUxE)

You’ll tap your toes and clap your hands along to the beat as you learn to sing “Thank You” in 45 languages from Arabic to Vietnamese. This is a really uplifting video presentation – don’t miss it!

NOTE: YouTube is a great resource, but it contains randomly posted ads and comments. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise internet use.

Free Virtual Magnetic Poetry

March 1st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Magnetic Poetry

(magneticpoetry.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

Are you familiar with the Magnetic Poetry company? They make magnetized words that stick to refrigerators, cookie sheets, etc., that you can use to create rhymes, poems, sentences, and cryptic messages. At their website, you can use free virtual magnetized words to create fun, silly, and serious poetry – or to just have fun with words.

When you get to the site, you’ll see their featured products and a horizontal menu at the top of the page.

Click on “Play Online” and a new page opens with five Magnetic Poetry games. Click on any one and a new screen opens where you can drag and drop the virtual magnetized words to create poems or whatever you or your child’s imagination can conceive.

There is great potential here to open a game and leave it on the computer screen in a heavily trafficked area of the house. Start one line of poetry and leave it unfinished. Invite those passing by to add a line or two. See what develops as everyone takes a turn.

Learn Sign Language

February 25th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 25, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Sign Language University

(www.lifeprint.com/)

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

 

This website offers free American Sign Language lessons delivered through text explanations, illustrations, photographs and animations.

The lessons were developed by William Vicars aka “Dr. Bill,” who has taught ASL for over 20 years. His series of lessons start with the most common concepts used in everyday communication and move from most frequently used to less frequently used. He suggests going through the lessons sequentially starting with Lesson 1 to reach competence quickly.

When you get to the site, don’t be discouraged by its plain look. The lessons contain illustrations and animations, etc., that liven things up. You’ll see the letters “ASLU” and directly below it is a menu of lessons from 1 to 30. Click on the lesson numbers to get started right away.

You’ll also want to take some time to explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Free Lessons (the same lessons that are on the top horizontal menu)
  • FAQs
  • First 100 Signs
  • Fingerspelling Explanation
  • Fingerspelling Quizzes

~ and much more!

You’ll also notice that the site offers the free series of lessons for sale too. That may seem confusing until you read this explanation on the site: 

“Many students requested the opportunity to use these courses to fulfill language requirements at their local high school or college. This required documentation of course participation and verification of the student’s signing ability. Since verification and documentation is a time consuming process requiring the attention and participation of a skilled ASL instructor, a formal fee-based program was provided in addition to the free resources. Students who do not need documentation or instructor-based evaluation should not register nor pay tuition. Such individuals are welcome to self-study from the publicly available online lessons for free.”

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