Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

Discover the Philosopher of the Week

January 14th, 2016


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


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Kid’s Philosophy Slam – Philosopher of the Week


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!


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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 in both print and Kindle versions.)

My websites,,,, and, 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 at

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

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

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:


History of Holidays!

December 13th, 2012

Hi! It’s Thursday, December 13, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites: See Below

Age Range: Varies (with parental supervision)

The holidays are here and I thought you might enjoy learning about their origin and history, as well as some of the customs associated with them.

The History of Christmas 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 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, click here.

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 the Dreidel

The dreidel is a traditional Hanukah 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 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.

Free History Audios & More!

June 21st, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, June 21, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

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Learn Out Loud: History

Age Range: 11 and up (middle school, high school, and beyond, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this commercial website that offers a vast array of free history audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and video resources that you can listen to or watch online

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the free history resources that include:

  • What Started World War I Lecture
  • Patrick Henry Speech
  • Gettysburg Address Audio
  • Susan B. Anthony Speech
  • Jamestown, Virginia History Lecture
  • Byzantine Empire History
  • History of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • And Many More!

When you’re through exploring the history list, check out the other “Free Online Learning on Audio & Video” titles offered in other subjects including:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Languages 
  • Literature
  • Philosophy 
  • Science
  • Technology
  • And More!

Again, this is a commercial site where you can purchase audio/video downloads, but they offer this amazing archive of free online learning titles absolutely free. 

BONUS:  You can sign up to receive the “Free Resource of the Day Emailsthat provide one free audio or video learning title. The email is sent out Monday through Friday and is a great way to stay informed about new audio & video educational content that is added to the site.


Free History & Geography Lessons & Activities

February 23rd, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 23, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

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Age Range: 11-18 and beyond (grades 7-12 approximately,with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website developed by a history teacher named Mike Maxwell whose mission is to make history and geography more meaningful to students by identifying important developments in world history and tying them to geography in a way that is memorable.

It offers a free, downloadable, comprehensive guide called the Student’s Friend that may be used in place of a history textbook, along with lesson plans, study guides, and other resources to enhance learning. The site has been recognized as one of the top ten history sites for teachers by the Stanford University School of Education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Purpose – Learn more about the author and educational philosophy.

*Student’s Friend – Access a free, concise narrative of world history and geography to use in place of a textbook. The Student’s Friend can be used online or download it for use offline. It’s divided into two parts:

Part I – Prehistory through 1500 including:

  • Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt
  • Ancient India and China
  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • The Early Middle Ages, 500 to 1000 AD
  • The Late Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500

Part II – 1500 to the Present including:

  • 1500s and 1600s, Early Modern World
  • 1700s, Enlightenment & Revolution
  • 1800s, Industrial Revolution & Imperialism
  • 1900 to 1950, World at War
  • 1950 to the Present, Cold War & Space Age
  • Current Issues, A Changing World Order

*Teacher ToolsGet free lessons plans and activities. Students can explore important themes and issues and enjoy in-depth learning activities such as projects, investigations and simulations. While designed for high school classroom use, the materials have been used by middle school teachers, college professors, and homeschool teachers worldwide.

*Teaching and Learning – Get the fundamentals of teaching and learning world history and geography.

This is a remarkable resource, so bookmark the site to return again.