# Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 14th, 2019

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline.

The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline. The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include:

• Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-9 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
• Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 7-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
• Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
• Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-9 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects:

• Plants
• Animals
• Human Body
• Earth Sciences
• Chemistry
• Physical Science
• History/Social Studies
• Geography/Maps
• Art
• Language Arts
• Drama
• and more!

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

# 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

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

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.

# Create Animated Maps

November 8th, 2018

It’s Thursday, November 8, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Animaps

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

Create fun and interesting animated maps with this site that “extends the MyMaps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.”

When arriving at today’s link, read over the information, check out some example animated maps, and, to get a good understanding of how to use Animaps, be sure to watch the “Basics Tutorial.” You can check out more maps that others have created under the “Most viewed” and “Latest maps” sections, however, as this is a public access site, be sure to review a map prior to allowing your children to do so to ensure they are suitable for your family.

To create a map, visitors must either create a free Animaps account or log in using their Facebook account. This will provide a place to easily keep track of the maps you have created. Along with the ability to add multiple route markers for specific times, you can add text, images, icons, and more to your map. A fun feature is the ability to select a mode of transportation and change them along your route so that once your map is created, when you play it back, you can watch it travel your route. You can even share your maps or embed them into a web page if you have one.

While learning and creating new maps may take some time, the creative educational uses will make it worth the effort. This tool could not only be used to teach geography, but also used for other subjects. Some ideas for maps we came up with include:

• Create map history timelines showing where and when events took place.
• Show the journeys of the explorers.
• Plan out dream vacation trips and include travel cost information and points of interest to visit.
• During an election, plot out the route of a candidate’s state visits.
• Create a “book report” indicating settings or destinations from the story. (Around the World in 80 Days comes to mind as a perfect choice.)
• Have foreign language students show locations where the language is spoken.

Map creation is limited only by the visitor’s imagination.

# Explore Jefferson’s Monticello

October 12th, 2018

It’s Friday, October 12, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Monticello Explorer

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

This ClickScholar suggested website provides a variety of multi-media opportunities to explore the home where Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. President) lived on a plantation in VirginiaThe home is called Monticello. At the site you can virtually explore the plantation, house, gardens and grounds.

Please note that visitors will need Adobe Shockwave to view this site. After the website loads, you’ll see a menu with five choices listed under two categories as follows:

• EXPLORE (Use interactive maps.)
• Explore the Plantation – Use an interactive map to randomly explore the 5,000 acre plantation, buildings, and grounds.
• Explore the House – Use an interactive 3-D map to navigate the hallways, rooms, and floors of Jefferson’s mansion.
• TOUR (Take a multi-media, narrated tour.)
• General House – This is a terrific way to see Monticello. Join a curator who narrates the video tour of the mansion, explaining the furnishings, and telling stories that bring it all to life.
• Domestic Life At Monticello – This narrated video tour explains the history of the Jefferson family and the enslaved families (including the Hemings family) that lived on the plantation for several generations.
• Gardens and Grounds – This audio-video tour of the grounds is punctuated with beautiful photography and interesting explanations about horticulture and the cultivation of specialized plants, as well as Jefferson’s fascination with native plants.

All along the explorations and tours, you will find related materials to further learning. There are so many clickable functions to explore the site, that you may need to be patient occasionally as various presentations are downloaded for viewing. Bookmark the site, as it will take some time to investigate this expansive historical collection of images and information about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson.

# Take a Virtual Field Trip to Pompeii

September 28th, 2018

It’s Friday, September 28, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

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

Using Google Maps, take a virtual tour of Pompeii.

When arriving at today’s link use your mouse to move around the location to explore the ruins. When you have finished with your interactive exploration, look in the lower right-hand corner and select the stacked arrow icon to reveal additional views and more images taken by others. Here you will find images of:

• Pompeii Archaeological Park
• Pompeii – Porta Marina
• Forum at Pompeii
• House of Ancient Hunting
• Teatro Grande
• Porta Vescuvio
• Temple of Isis
• Scavi di Pompeii
• Casa del Fuano
• And more.

Also check out Pompeii in Pictures. Created by Pompeii enthusiasts, Jackie and Bob Dunn, see a collection of images of the excavations of Pompeii along with informative text.

When arriving at the link, feel free to read through the notes. Below all of this information is an interactive map that can be used to navigate through the tour. Be prepared to make a lot of choices to begin viewing images. Choose a region on the map, then a region map will open. Select a location, then quite often another location map will load. Make another selection to view the images. It seemed easier to navigate using the upper dropdown menu. Select a region or topic of interest, then scroll down under the map to make another selection. Use your back button to return to previous pages.

While navigation may be a little labor intensive, it is worth the effort to see this historical location.

There are also additional tours available under the “Surrounding” dropdown menu for other ancient locations in Italy.

# Social Studies for Kids

September 27th, 2018

It’s Thursday, September 27, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Social Studies for Kids

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

Bookmark this ad-supported website right now! It offers tons of great resources about history, geography, government, different cultures and more that your kids will enjoy.

When you get to the site you will see a headline banner with the name of the website. Below it is a menu that will help you navigate through some of the website. Below the menu bar, you will discover the highlights currently featured at the site in Recent Events, History and featured trivia. For example, if you visited the site when this review was written, you would have seen a feature presentation on “Ancient Greece.”

Content you will find available on the site include:

• Current Events – Get some insight on what’s taking place throughout the world.
• Cultures, Holidays, Languages, Religions – an array of links to websites with activities, information, and resources to explore the world’s people and their customs and beliefs
• Economics – The website description of this section says it best: “Economics is not just money. It’s businesses and how they work. It’s lemonade stands and how many dollars they take in. It’s toy collecting and baseball card collections. It’s taxes and allowances. It’s stocks and bonds. Economics is part of almost everything you could ever think about. Find out how by visiting the links on this page.”
• Geography – You’ll find more than maps here. You’ll find links to websites with lessons and activities that help kids to have a better understanding of the world, and where they are in relation to the rest of it.
• Government – Learn everything from how a bill becomes law in the U.S. to how other countries are governed.

You’ll also find selections that contain historical timelines, information on U.S. and World History, activities for learning about every state in the U.S., information about ancient civilizations, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Wars, Archaeology, Sports, Explorers, and more. There are even teaching resources and other fun kid sites.

Use this website as a starting point for all your social studies schoolwork.