Posts Tagged ‘other’

Visit the Home of James Monroe

April 21st, 2017

 

It’s Friday, April 21, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

James Monroe’s Highland

(www.encyclopediavirginia.org/media_player?mets_filename=evr8400mets.xml)

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

 

Visit the plantation home of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, with this virtual tour powered by Google Maps.

When arriving at the link, read the summary to the right of the main image, then click on the “arrows” in the image to begin navigating in and around the home. We found it best to view in full screen by selecting the icon in the upper right corner. Click your “Esc” key on your keyboard to return to the page. Click and drag around the image and use the other tools in the lower right to navigate around the house. As you go through the house you will see: 

  • James Monroe’s study
  • Children’s Room
  • Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Drawing Room
  • Kitchen

To learn about the rooms, go to the ” areas of the house” text link on the summary page in the third paragraph.  

When you are finished with your tour, learn more about James Monroe by selecting the “James Monroe” link in the upper menu. On this page visitors can: 

  • Read a brief biography about the man.
  • View a timeline of his life.
  • Learn the story of Highland and slavery.
  • See the featured web exhibit “The Election of 1816”.

Add this website to your Presidential study tool kit.

Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 17th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 17, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vedic Mathematics Academy

(www.vedicmaths.org/Introduction/Tutorial/Tutorial.asp)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This commercial site provides information and free sample tutorials on Vedic Mathematics.

What’s “Vedic Mathematics”?  As explained at the website: 

Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of Indian Mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research, all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae.

These formulae describe the way the mind naturally works and are therefore a great help in directing the student to the appropriate method of solution…. The simplicity of Vedic Mathematics means that calculations can be carried out mentally (though the methods can also be written down).

Words really don’t begin to describe this innovative way to solve math problems and mentally calculate answers to math equations. It almost makes learning math like learning fun magic tricks. Go to the website and try the free sample tutorials that explain ways to find arithmetic solutions for: 

  • Multiplication
  • Subtracting Fractions
  • Finding Square Roots
  • Division

Click on any tutorial. Read the instructions and apply the Vedic method to find the solutions to an array of sample problems. Your kids will enjoy experimenting!

For those who have never heard of or tried this method before, it will really set your mind to thinking about math differently.

If your kids struggle with mathematics the Vedic system may provide an alternative method that suits the way your child learns best. This site sells products that teach the Vedic system, but the sample tutorials are free. It also provides many links to other websites with articles, downloads, activities, and further resources for learning Vedic mathematics. We have not reviewed these other websites.

Just FYI, YouTube.com carries some free Vedic math tutorials. Just go to YouTube.com and enter “Vedic math tutorials” in the search engine. A menu of free instructional videos on the Vedic system pops up that you can explore on your own. We have not reviewed the YouTube presentations on Vedic math, so parents AS ALWAYS should preview the material and supervise use.

Civil War Virtual Battlefield Tours

April 7th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, April 7, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Civil War Virtual Battlefield Tours

(johnsmilitaryhistory.com/cwvirtual.html)

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

 

Tour the battlefields of the Civil War at this website by military history enthusiast, John Hamill.

Easily navigate to the various tours available by locating the battlefield on the list sorted by year. Each tour provides pictures of the location and information about the place. Some of the destinations included are: 

  • First and Second Manassas
  • The Peninsula Campaign
  • The Seven Days
  • Harpers Ferry
  • Antietam (Sharpsburg)
  • Fredericksburg
  • Chancellorsville
  • Second Winchester and Stephenson’s Depot
  • Gettysburg
  • Vicksburg
  • Chattanooga
  • Cold Harbor Campaign
  • Hunter’s Raid
  • Fort Harrison
  • Petersburg Breakthrough
  • Saylors Creek

And many more. When you have finished viewing the tours, head back to the tour page and you will find additional links for: 

  • Strategy and Tactics
  • Editorial/Opinion
  • Essays by Matt Hering
  • Links to Other Civil War Websites

These online tours will add to your American history studies.

Free Bee Identification Cards

March 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Sunflower Project

(www.greatsunflower.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by San Francisco State University, wants you to become part of their scientific research team by growing sunflowers, observing and counting the bees that visit them, and reporting the data back to The Great Sunflower Project.

To aid you in this endeavor, they will send you a free PDF file of Bee Identification Cards! Just create an account with a user name and password and you’ll be able to download and/or print them out. (Note: You MUST click on the link that comes by email to confirm your account and get your cards.)

When you get to the site, there’s a short introduction that explains the program. Basically, they want you to plant Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden to help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators and report your findings. Here is a link to one site that sells the sunflowers. This company has “offered to pass along 25% of her proceeds from seeds bought at her website to the Great Sunflower Project. If you use the Coupon Code FR225A and whether you buy Lemon Queen sunflowers to participate in our pesticide research project or some other plants (which you can also use to count pollinators), 25% of the proceeds will be donated to us.”

But that’s not all! Learn all about sunflowers, gardening, and bees through the free guides, lessons and activities that integrate a variety of subjects (meeting California state curriculum standards) and are designed for students in grades K-12. Access them by clicking on “Explore” and then “Pollinator Info” on the menu at the top of the home page.

Be sure to spend some time at this site clicking the various links – they all lead to amazing content and resources that can be utilized to suit whatever style of un/homeschooling you use.

Free Mnemonic Multiplication Videos

March 27th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, March 27, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Multiplication.com

(www.multiplication.com/learn/fact-navigator)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website, offers free video lessons on how to learn the multiplication times tables from 0-9, through the use of mnemonic memory devices.

These learning tools help kids associate rhymes, stories, pictures and activities with arithmetic to make memorization easier. 

The premise is to address the learning modalities of every student. Each lesson uses pictures for the visual learner, stories for the auditory learner and an activity for the kinesthetic learner who learns by moving, doing, and touching.

When you get to the website, you can choose from the multiplication facts shown or you can start with the pre-test link at the top of the page to determine which multiplication facts are problematic for your child/student.

There are also lessons on how to teach the times tables from zero through nine under the Parents link. And make sure to check out the games!

As we mentioned, this is a commercial website. The freebie is an introduction to their books, games, and other math resources available for purchase.

Bird Nest Cams!

March 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Nest Cams

(watch.birds.cornell.edu/nestcams/camera/index)

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

 

Bookmark this site now! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors this website that provides live feed from cameras trained on bird nests. You can watch a wide variety of birds as they tend their nests. See eggs, hatchlings, and watch the mama and papa birds feed their young. This is a fascinating view of the world of birds.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured birds cams. Click on the one you want to watch or click “All” under the Bird Cam menu to see them listed in alphabetical order including: 

  • Great Blue Herons
  • Great Horned Owls
  • Laysan Albatross
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • ~ and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens for your viewing delight. (Some link to other sites with live cams; some are videos of past viewings.)

Want to help scientists learn more about birds? Then, become a certified NestWatch monitor. Click here for details.

This is a wonderful demonstration of how science and technology blend to create amazing learning opportunities for us all.

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