Posts Tagged ‘newsletter’

Bedtime Math!

January 7th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 7, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bedtime Math

(bedtimemath.org/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-4 approximately, with parental participation and supervision)

 

What an ingenious idea! This website, created by Laura Overdeck, provides a free, daily, Bedtime Math Problem that helps parents give kids a fun opportunity “to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.”

As explained at the website, the Bedtime Math Problem aims to be “fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep. In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.”

You can get your free, daily Bedtime Math Problem directly from the website, harvest it from their Facebook page, or you can subscribe to the daily newsletter that delivers it to your email inbox. (See details at the website.) Each BMP offers three levels of challenge to be used as a rough guideline: 

  • Wee Ones for preschool kids
  • Little Kids for children in grades K-2
  • Big Kids for children in grades 3 and up

This is not a math curriculum, and there’s no one right way to use it. It’s simply a fun idea to help parents and kids enjoy math in small daily doses.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the most recent Bedtime Math Problems posted on the home page. When we visited, there were fun math problems themed around: 

  • Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
  • Words That Make You Cross-eyed
  • Snowballs in Siberia
  • Owls
  • And many more!

Each math story-problem is presented in a fun way that incorporates a little science and history and a lot of humor. They are designed to engage children’s interest immediately. All of the BMPs are archived at the website. You can check out their apps as well.

Learn to Draw

August 18th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 18, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Drawing Guides

(easydrawingguides.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides oodles of step-by-step drawing tutorials for animals, plants, cartoon characters and more. Most of the tutorials include video and online instruction.

The homepage provides some topical samples of the lessons with “See More” links under the categories including: 

  • Popular Drawing Ideas – cartoon flowers, a horse head, cartoon characters and much more
  • Latest Easy Drawing Tutorials – Find the most recent tutorials here.
  • How to Draw Animals – dogs, cats, forest creatures and other mammals, birds, fish and sea life, fantasy creatures and more
  • How to Draw Cartoons – T.V. characters, Star Wars, Disney, Japanese manga, super heroes, and more
  • How to Draw Flowers – from daisies to sunflowers and everything in between as well as trees, bushes, fruit and vegetables
  • How to Draw People – characters, body parts and more
  • How to Draw Things – food, instruments, transportation, buildings and all kinds of random things
  • Other Drawing Guides – things that may not have fit into other categories such as emojis, symbols, landscapes, weather and much more

Visitors can browse the collections or use the search engine to see if there is a tutorial for something specific. Drawing lessons also include texts about the subject.

If you subscribe to their newsletter you will receive a PDF Learn to Draw Animals ebook as well as the ability to download the lessons.

Free “Citizen Science” Projects for You

April 10th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciStarter

(www.scistarter.com/)

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

 

This website provides an archive of  “Citizen Scientist” projects that you and your kids can do at home to help researchers gather information on bees, birds, crickets, storms, solar energy, microbiomes, and much, much more.

You’ll learn all about science as you take part in both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts that make science simple and fun for the whole family.

At the top of the site, you’ll see that April 14, 2018 is Citizen Science Day! See if there are any events near you.

Or scroll down to see the featured projects. You can also “Find a Project” by location and topic. Select a subject of interest such as: animals, astronomy  space, birds, chemistry, climate & weather, food, health & medicine, insects & pollinators, nature & outdoors, physics, etc. Click on any item on the drop-down menu and a new page opens with a list of projects currently available in that category. You can do an advanced search from the next screen that allows you to filter for: 

  • Projects you can do online, outdoors, indoors
  • Projects suitable for different age groups

And you can even filter for projects that have classroom materials available.
 
From the home page you can also sign up to receive their free “newsletter” that delivers information about awesome projects to your email inbox.

Free Virtual Homeschool Science Class & More

February 27th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Supercharged Science

(www.superchargedscience.com/opt/free-teleclass-opt/)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 2-9 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a FREE, live Science Tele-Class on Thursday, March 8, 2018 where you can “spark together electric motors, wire up circuits and build your own robot from junk!” 

The step-by-step class is taught by former NASA rocket scientist, Aurora Lipper.
 
When you get to the site you must enter your email address to register for the class. This free class is designed to be a sample of the full “Supercharged Science” series that you can purchase at the website. But you don’t have to purchase a thing to enjoy the Science Teleclass on March 8. You’ll then receive an email with the details on the time of the call and an explanation of how the Teleclass works along with a list of materials you’ll need for the class.
 
Bonus:  If you go the home page you can learn how to get a free Homeschool Science Guide with over 30 experiments plus a subscription to The Science Newsletter, and access to Science Fair project resources.

Free Spanish Lessons, Games, & Apps for All Ages

January 27th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 27, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

OnlineFreeSpanish

(www.onlinefreespanish.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers engaging, FREE, introductory Spanish lessons for children and their parents that includes games, activities, printable coloring pages and worksheets, and mobile apps!

When you get to the site you’ll see currently featured activities and an icon menu for levels, print, and content for tablets. Activities throughout include: 

  • Tablets – Get free apps that teach Spanish words, numbers, colors and more
  • Lessons – Enjoy Spanish lessons that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, parts of the human face, fruits, pets, bugs, geometrical shapes, holidays, and more. Click on any lesson icon and a new page opens where you can watch an animated video lesson. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the correct pronunciation of words as they come up on the screen. Each lesson includes a link to “Related Lessons and Activities” that provide printable worksheets to reinforce learning.
  • Activities – Click and drag Spanish words to matching pictures, play a variety of word search games, and guide a bee safely through a frog pond by unscrambling letters to spell Spanish words.
  • Printables – Choose from an assortment of fun printable materials that reinforce learning the lessons. There’s a picture dictionary, word search puzzle, and coloring pages of farm animals, fruits, bugs, numbers, and more.

You’ll also see an icon menu of select games – just click on any one to get started. New activities are added to the site regularly, so bookmark it to return often. Or sign up to receive the free newsletter that will keep you updated on additions to the site.

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.

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