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Free Daily Audio Science Lessons for Kids!

July 14th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, July 14, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Pulse of the Planet (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/)

 

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

 

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers daily (Monday-Friday), free, engaging two-minute sound portraits that blend science, nature, and culture worldwide. These audio clips contain fascinating information that may springboard you to further science investigation and learning.
Just take a look at some of what’s available from this month so far: 
  • Jul 14 – Acoustical Ecology – Loons: Development and disturbance can silence the beautiful call of the common loon.
  • Jul 9 – Long Leaf Pine – Restoring: Forestry experts at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are working to restore Long Leaf Pine, a species that once ranged from Virginia to Texas.
  • Jul 8 – Natchez – Oral History: The Principal Chief of the Natchez offers a unique perspective of his people’s cultural heritage.
  • Jul 2 – Terraforming: It may work on Star Trek, but in real life Mar’s thin atmosphere will be writing the script.
  • Jul 1 – Okefenokee – Standing Up to Bears: What hisses at bears to defend its nest eggs? Hint: it’s bigger than a robin.
Just listen to the featured sound clip (and print out the transcript or download the MP3 if desired). Then, use the menu to access all of the “Daily Programs” audio clips from 1998-2015.

But there’s more! In the “Educator Resources” section you’ll find free lesson plans with activities “suitable for classrooms or home-schoolers” using Pulse of the Planet programs. The lesson plans for grades K-12 contain downloadable audio files. You must register (free and painless) to access the lessons.

Click on “Monthly Features” for the in-depth studies, and peruse the rest of the menu for other wonderful science surprises.

Free Audio Holiday Stories!

December 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 3, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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See below.

 

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

 

Here is a selection of free, audio holiday stories. They are available as audio recordings to listen to on your computer, to burn to a CD, or to download to your portable audio player (mp3).
Choose from a great selection of classics including:
A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Moore – This is also known as The Night Before Christmas. Written in 1822, this is the poem that named Santa’s 8 reindeer including, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – “This is the classic tale of what comes to those whose hearts are hard. In a series of ghostly visits, Scrooge visits his happy past, sees the difficulties of the present, views a bleak future, and in the end amends his mean ways.” (Summary written by Kristen McQuillin)

Good King Wenceslas – Listen to the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas and the story behind the song.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry – This short story is about a young couple who are very much in love and also very poor. For Christmas, they each make a sacrifice to purchase a gift for the other, with ironic results.

The Elves and the Shoemaker – This traditional fairy tale is a short story about a Christmas gift. A poor shoemaker receives some unexpected help just when he needs it most.

Free Foreign Language Courses

October 11th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, October 11, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Foreign Service Institute

 

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9 and up; children, with parental supervision)

 

Developed by the Foreign Service Institute, this website offers a large selection of public domain foreign language courses developed by the United States government. Each course provides a downloadable PDF student text and MP3 audio files that may be downloaded or listened to online. Some languages also include a workbook and an instructor’s manual. Languages to choose from include:
  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Cambodian
  • Cantonese
  • Chinese
  • Chinyanja
  • Czech
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Fula
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hausa
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Igbo
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kirundi
  • Kituba
  • Korean
  • Lao
  • Lingala
  • Luganda
  • MorĂ©
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Shona
  • Sinhala
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Twi
  • Vietnamese
  • Yoruba
While the material for these courses is not fancy and a bit dated, there is a lot of educational value available in these courses for the motivated student.

Learn the BackStory with the American History Guys

October 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 2, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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BackStory with the American History Guys

 

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

 

At this website, visitors can listen as historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, Brian Balogh and others explore the historical connections of past events on present day happenings.
BackStory with the American History Guys is a public radio program and podcast from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Visitors can listen online to archived episodes, subscribe to the podcasts, or locate a radio station in their area that runs the show.
When you arrive at the site, you may choose to listen to the most recent show or select the “Show Archives” link to search for a specific show. You may search by year or by topic. Some of the topics covered include:
  • Political History
  • Economic History
  • Military History
  • Women’s History
  • Social History
  • Legal History
  • Presidential History
  • Religious History
  • Labor History
  • Native American History
  • Media History
  • Medicine
  • History of Technology
  • Environment
  • Holidays
  • And much more

Each episode is about one hour long and can be listened to either online or downloaded as an MP3 to take with you on the go. When you arrive at the episode page, you will see the sound file at the top of the page. There is a brief text explanation of the episode under which you will find a section of tabbed items that could include:

  • Segments – a topical breakdown of the broadcast to listen to specific sections
  • Guest List – information about the guests on the show
  • Resources – resource links for further exploration of the subject matter
  • Music – links to listen to the various musical selections used in the show
  • Transcript – text of the audio segments

While this program is not specifically targeted to students, there is a lot to be learned from these program audios that may spark interesting conversations and encourage further research.

Songs and Games in Spanish

September 20th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, September 20, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Juegos y Canciones

 

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

 

This website was designed by a kindergarten teacher to appeal to the very young, but beginners of all ages can learn something here.
When you get to this website, you can read the long introduction (if you like), that explains this webpage author’s experiences learning and teaching Spanish abroad. (Teachers may find the discussion of bilingual education and second language acquisition of interest.) You will also find a bookstore full of Amazon-linked recommendations, an opportunity to participate in some discussions and help develop curriculum, and information about how families can learn Spanish together through immersion programs in Guatemala or Mexico.

But there’s a special treat at the bottom (scroll way down) under the heading “Songs and Games for You!

Here you will find popular tunes in Spanish such as the classic folk song, “De Colores,” and about a dozen other tunes available in midi or mp3 format (and many are in the downloadable iTunes collection as well). There are also printable lyrics in Spanish, plus games or hand motions or, in one case, a “show” (a series of illustrations) for you to watch while you sing.

There are also about a half dozen other games and activities for Spanish learning. Every page is available in English or Spanish. The email address is provided for the author of each song or activity so that you can contact them directly if you have any questions. Although the lyrics aren’t provided in English, the activity descriptions are often clear enough that you can guess! (And for the words that you can’t guess, just type “translate” into your favorite search engine.)

Songs for Teaching

June 14th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, June 14, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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Songs for Teaching

 

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Wow! For those of you who find it easier to learn any subject when it is set to music – you will love this website! Songs for Teaching offers an incredible directory of songs that help teach the following subjects:
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Everyday Activities
  • Movement
  • Math
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Music

–and more!

When you get to the site you will see a short introduction and a menu selection in the center of the screen. We found the menu in black and white on the left side of the screen much easier to use to navigate the site. Click on the blue “L” beside the subject you are interested in and a new page will open with a menu of songs in the middle of the page. If you click on the green “P” you are taken to a page with the products available for purchase. The lyrics pages also have ordering information available for the different titles.
Please note that this is also an ad supported website. The only problem we found was that not all of the links for every song title work. That’s not a big surprise considering the size of this site, the number of links, and how much the web changes from day to day. Most of the links we tried did work.

What is really remarkable and worthwhile about this site is that they have listed so many musical choices in each subject category. You can use this site online to learn songs that help reinforce educational facts, or you can purchase the CDs/MP3 downloads that contain the songs you want to listen to at home or in the car. This is a great resource tool for home educators.

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