Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

Holiday History

December 21st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 21, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday History

(www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas)

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

 

Explore the history of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more with these websites.

The History of Christmas

History.com offers several videos you can watch on the history of Christmas from the religious story to the traditional icons in popular culture. Discover the origins of Santa Claus, explore Christmas celebrations around the world, and learn about ancient rituals and Winter Solstice celebrations too.

The History of Hanukkah

Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

The History of Kwanzaa

At this site you can watch a video that provides a good explanation and overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 – January 1.

The History of the Christmas Tree

This site provides a lesson plan on the history of the Christmas tree. Use the discussion questions to stimulate conversation or prompt a writing exercise.

The History of Christmas Carols

This website provides information on the history of Christmas carols! When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of songs. Click on any one and a new page opens that explains the origin of the song, along with the lyrics. (If you want to hear the music to these songs, try this website.


The History of the Dreidel

The dreidel is a traditional Hanukkah toy. At this website you can get an overview of its history and its various meanings in theology, psychology, philosophy, numerology and more!

The History of Gingerbread

This website offers the history of gingerbread from the Middle Ages to modern times – with a nod to the Brothers Grimm and “Hansel & Gretel.” It also explains the history of ginger root, the herb used to make ginger for use in gingerbread. The text at this site provides basic historical information and contains links for further study. Unfortunately, the links did not work when we visited, but the text provides plenty of information without it. You will also find some recipes using ginger at this site.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

November 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SparkNotes-Literature Study Guides

(www.sparknotes.com/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 stunning array of free study guides which you can sort by title or author spanning from A to Z. 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. 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

In the side menu, other Language Arts categories are: 

  • 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 analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Literature! 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.

Fun Renaissance Interactive!

October 26th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Renaissance Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of the extensive Learner.org resource for teachers. It offers an interactive exploration of the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries) – a time of scientific, artistic, economic, political and social rebirth as Europe (and Italy in particular) emerged from the Middle Ages.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Navigate this interactive by using the menu on the left that includes: 

  • Out of the Middle Ages – Learn how the bubonic plague (aka “Black Death”) resulted in a new middle class population, the resurgence of city living, and a new economy. Click on links to primary source documents, museum exhibits, and more.
  • Exploration and Trade – Find out how scientific improvements in navigation tools and cartography led to advancements in exploration and trade. Don’t miss the interactive, “Become a Spice Trader” and find out if your trading skills will lead to riches or ruin.
  • Printing and Thinking – Discover how Gutenberg’s printing press forever changed the lives of people worldwide as they transitioned from papyrus to paper. It launched a rebirth of classical studies in Latin and Greek, and led to the emergence of “The Humanist Philosophy” and also the Protestant Reformation.
  • Symmetry, Shape, & Size – Explore Renaissance architecture and music. See how the merging of art and science affected mathematical perspective and consequently Galileo’s work in astronomy, Fibonacci’s numbers, and more.
  • Focus on Florence – Find out why this Italian city was a focal point of the Renaissance period. Meet the Medici family. Learn about the spiritual and religious beliefs that were prevalent. Discover the art of Botticelli and Michelangelo.

In every section you’ll find links to additional resources to explore. A few links lead to error messages, but most of them work. That said, if you click on the links you’ll visit other websites that we have not reviewed. So parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content.

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.

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