Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

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.

Math Video Lessons, Activities, & More

January 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, January 23, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WatchKnowLearn.org

(www.watchknowlearn.org/Category.aspx?CategoryID=81)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

The goal of this website is to collect all the best free educational videos made for children that explain every topic taught in schools including math, in every major language on Earth – and make them available on one website, usefully categorized according to subject and education level.

When you get to the site you’ll see two sections. The “Mathematics” section is on the right side of the page (the Directory to the rest of the site is on the left). Under the math section you’ll see some featured math videos, as well as a menu of math subcategories that include: 

  • Mathematics for Young Learners
  • Number Sense
  • Money
  • Measurement
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Geometry
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Logic and Set Theory

Click on any subcategory and a new page opens featuring the videos that have been archived to date. The videos are all free for viewing. The videos are moderated by WatchKnow to ensure appropriate content. 

To share videos, you must open an account (free) that also allows you to track your activities and enter contests. As I mentioned, this site also contains lots of useful video lessons on other topics including: 

  • Language Arts
  • Literature
  • Science
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • Foreign Languages
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics
  • And more!

Learn About Shakespeare – Online!

May 18th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 18, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shakespeare Online

(www.shakespeare-online.com)

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

 

This website offers all of Shakespeare’s works online along with articles and analysis of his life and works – and much more.

The site is produced by Amanda Mabillard who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alberta in Canada and focused on Shakespeare and Renaissance political philosophy in both undergraduate and graduate school. She also happens to be the Shakespeare Guide on About.com, so some of her articles link to material posted there.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured content in the center of the screen including a link to “Why Study Shakespeare”?

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access all of his plays and sonnets along with analysis, plots, a biography of Shakespeare scholars, and a fun selection of Shakespeare quizzes.

Use the menu on the right side of the screen to get the answer to the question of the day, see the featured quote, the word of the week, and more.

The content here is comprehensive and a terrific resource for homeschool families. Bookmark this one so you can return often.

Discover the Philosopher of the Week

January 14th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, January 14, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kid’s Philosophy Slam – Philosopher of the Week

(www.philosophyslam.org/week_fin.html)

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

 

The Kids Philosophy Slam is an annual philosophy essay contest for kids in grades K-12 (homeschoolers are welcome). The entry deadline for 2016 is March 4th and the topic is “Imagination or Knowledge: Which has a greater impact on society?”.

At their website you will find the entry rules – along with some resources that you can use whether you enter the contest or not.

To help kids ponder the really meaty questions in life, the website offers, “The Philosopher of the Week.” Each week the website highlights the biography of a philosopher, explains their particular view of the world, and offers discussion questions as well as links to other websites to get more information.

When you get to today’s website, you will see this week’s featured philosopher. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page you will find links to other philosophers that have been featured including Confucius, Camus, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Locke, and Rousseau.

Philosophy isn’t a typical subject taught in elementary school or high school – but this site does a good job of making these thinkers and their thoughts available to students to help them unlock their own intellectual and creative potential.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

June 25th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, June 25, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SparkNotes

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a menu of free online study guides in a variety of subject categories. You can read most of the Study Guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. To give you an idea of what you can expect in the field of Language Arts, you’ll find: 

  • Literature – A stunning array of free study guides for book titles spanning from “Across Five Aprils” to “Walden.” Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading.
  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analyses of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.
  • Writing – A remarkable grammar glossary with easy-to-find answers on everything from proper usage of commas and semicolons to superlatives and more.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Language Arts! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

All Good Things Must Come To An End

June 5th, 2013

Dear Reader,

For over 21 years I’ve been a homeschool mom, mentor, writer, speaker, coach, author, and entrepreneur. I’ve taken great delight in homeschooling my own sons, and in helping to liberate other families from conventional schooling to live extraordinary lives.

This work has been a labor of love. Since 1992, I’ve been an advocate for home learning regardless of methodology, philosophy, or personal beliefs or affiliations. That inclusivity has resulted in a great deal of support and encouragement from the homeschool community for which I am grateful.

When I was in the thick of homeschooling, I found friendships and support through the work. Once my own sons were launched, I continued to find great satisfaction in mentoring other homeschool families. However, the commitment it takes leaves little room for anything else.

Over the past few years. I have felt a strong sense to reinvent myself and direct my energy in other ways. That tug to do something different started out as a whisper, but its volume has increased to the point where I simply can’t ignore it anymore. There’s something else I’m supposed to be doing and it will not be quieted. So, I’ve made the decision to retire from my usual endeavors and give myself the gift of time to start anew.

It will take a little time to wind things down, but I fully expect to complete the transition by December 31, 2013.

For now, I’m going to stop speaking at conferences, cease private coaching and consultations, and I’m going to discontinue publishing two of my free e-newsletters,Universal Preschool and Carschooling. The last issues of those e-newsletters will be published around July 1st.

The free ClickSchooling e-newsletter will most likely continue through the rest of this year, with the last issue published in December of 2013.

At this time, I don’t have plans to produce or sell any more homeschool products or programs. In fact, I’m having a “Liquidation Sale” from June 21st-25th – and all of the products will be available for 50% off. You’ll receive a separate notice of this sale, so watch for it in your inbox. (Just FYI, my books, Carschooling and Papa’s Pearls, will not be part of the sale, and will continue to be offered on Amazon.com in both print and Kindle versions.)

My websites, Homefires.com, UniversalPreschool.com, ClickSchooling.com, and Carschooling.com, will continue to exist for now, providing free resources and information to visitors worldwide.

I am proud of supporting homeschool families over the years through my websites, teleconferences, speaking engagements, e-newsletters, yahoo groups, coaching services, and products. I am thankful for the remarkable team of partners, collaborators, assistants, and webmasters who have supported my efforts and made it all possible. I have been forever spoiled by their professionalism and generosity.

I am also appreciative for our loyal advertisers, who have sponsored Homefires’ endeavors by trusting us to bring their message of resources and services to the homeschool community.

And to you – my readers, subscribers, customers, and clients – please accept my heartfelt thanks for your support, encouragement, and irrepressible enthusiasm for building better families through homeschooling. It has been my profound pleasure to have served you in your choice to help your children learn without schooling.

If you would like to share your thoughts, comments, or questions on any aspect of this news, you are welcome to do so on my Facebook page athttp://www.Facebook.com/DianeFlynnKeith.

I will keep you posted of the transitions and changes as they occur throughout the rest of this year.

I wish each and every one of you much love and lifelong learning success,

 

Diane Flynn Keith

Editor of Homefires.com

Diane Flynn Keith began publishing “ClickSchooling” in the year 2000 while she and her husband, Cliff, homeschooled their sons. Now, Diane’s sons are grown, and she is an internationally recognized voice in education outside the traditional classroom walls.

Diane is the author of the rave-reviewed book, “CarschoolingOver 350 Entertaining Games & Activities To Turn Travel Time Into Learning Time” withgames like Windshield Entomology, Road-Cut Geology, 18-Wheeler Chemistry, and Drive-By History that are guaranteed to turn your kids into “Road Scholars”.

Stop by the Carschooling website for tons of resources and activities for you and your family to enjoy atwww.Carschooling.com.

Ms. Keith is also a popular speaker at education conferences throughout the U.S. To learn more about booking Diane for a lively presentation at your next event email: editor@homefires.com

 

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