Posts Tagged ‘play’

Free Audio Stories in Many Languages

May 9th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 9, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BookBox

(www.bookbox.com/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a selection of culturally diverse children’s fairy tales and stories that you can listen to for FREE in a variety of languages!

In addition, you can download activities, and play interactive puzzles and games based on the stories.

The free audio stories in MP3 format are an adjunct (and a teaser) to the commercial sale of digital books at the site, but you do not have to purchase anything to enjoy the free PDFs, MP3s, games and activities. The digital books synchronize text, audio, and visual media to create an educational and entertaining reading experience for children. The digital books are based on proven methods of Same Language Subtitling (SLS) that not only enhance children’s basic literacy, but also facilitate their proficiency in foreign languages.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of stories. Select a story and choose the language you prefer (some stories come in more languages than others). Wait for the story to download and then listen to it online. If you want, you can download the free PDF so that you can read along. Then, once you’ve listened to the story, you can do the free activities that are themed around it. (Note: Not all of the stories have accompanying activities.)

This is a terrific resource for encouraging the development of language arts and foreign language skills that will engage the young and young at heart.

Math Games with Dice & Catapults

May 7th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, May 7, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SpaghettiBoxKids

(spaghettiboxkids.com/blog/math-games-with-dice/)

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

 

A Dad, with a strong belief in the merits of learning through play, created this website/blog with good, old-fashioned, activities that help a child’s ability to focus and learn.

There are activities covering a variety of subjects including math, science, language arts, and more – laced with some parenting tips and strategies for learning.

When you get to this archived site, you’ll land on the “Math Games with Dice” page. There, you’ll find a menu of math dice games (from simple to advanced) that help kids learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and exponents. You’ll just need a pair of dice to get started.

Also check out More Math Games with Dice” that require familiarity with the Mayan Numeric System. And yes, there’s a page on the site that teaches Mayan Numbers for Kids.” 

We found the easiest way to access the terrific content at this site was to view the Site Map that lists the activity titles, making it easy to pinpoint games of interest to you and your family. 

BEST OF ALL:  Don’t miss the Catapult Designs for Kids! You’ll find a variety of instructions for making catapults out of stuff you’ve got around the house including coffee cups, soda cans, egg cartons, soup cans, and more. The whole family can launch and learn for hours and hours of fun.

Geography Lessons and Study Tools

May 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 3, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Geographic Bee – Study Corner

(www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from National Geographic is meant to provide study tools for the National Geographic Bee, “an academic contest for students in grades 4-8”, but the resources provided can be used to supplement your geography studies for the whole family.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to find: 

  • Lesson Plans – Discover lesson plans and activities focused on the geography of the United States and the continents, the oceans, world geography, biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • GeoBee Challenge – Test your knowledge with the online, multiple-choice quiz.
  • Geo Bee Challenge App – For those with IOS or Android smart devices, download the free GeoBee Challenge App which includes not only the multiple-choice round, but also a map challenge as well as bonus rounds where a picture of a location is provided and the player must find the location on an interactive map.
  • Kahoot! – Gather the kids around the computer with your smart devices and the free Kahoot app and play a competitive multiple-choice game together. Choose from 15 interesting geography topics.

When finished exploring these options, head on over to the National Geographic Education page for a lot more teaching resources including lesson plans, activities and more games as well as reference materials, mapping tools, and much more.

This bookmark-worthy website will make an excellent resource for all of your geography studies.

Free K-12 Math Videos & Games

April 30th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, April 30, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Pickle

(www.mathpickle.com/)

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

 

This is one of the most innovative math sites we’ve seen. A Canadian mathematician/teacher developed this site to help classroom teachers address the multiple math skill levels of students through challenging and engaging activities and games that are demonstrated with slide shows or videos.

All of it can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment. When you get to the site, click on “All Puzzles” then choose the grade level of interest to you. You can also switch to the subject menu.

  • In grades K-2 – Enjoy math games that teach patterns, skip counting, addition, symmetry, and more.
  • In grades 3-4 – Play dot-to-dot measuring puzzles, learn subtraction, Fibonacci numbers, and more.
  • In grades 5-6 – Practice division, discover prime numbers, practice factoring, and more.
  • In grades 7-9 – Enjoy a game of “Integral Fission,” practice multiplying fractions, engage in cipher breaking, do puzzles to learn about polygons, area, logic, and more.
  • In grades 10-12 – Play games and solve puzzles that teach algebra, scientific notation, probability, and more.

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you can click through the slides or watch a demonstration video.

What an incredible range of free math activities! Bookmark this site to return often.

Free Online Math Games for K-8

April 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, April 23, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Johnnie’s Math Page

(www.jmathpage.com/)

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

 

This website offers all kinds of interactive math games, tools, and activities.

When you get to the site just click on a math strand on the menu that includes: 

  • NUMBER – Includes Counting, Base Ten, Hundreds Chart, Number Lines, Patterns, and more.
  • GEOMETRY – Play with Plane Shapes, Solids, Angles, Coordinates, and more.
  • FRACTIONS – Recognize Fractions, Compare Fractions, Fractions Operations, and more.
  • MULTIPLICATION – Use Flash Cards and Tiles to learn the facts, play fun games for practice, and more.
  • MEASUREMENT – Learn to tell time, weigh, and measure; learn about liquid measurement, proportion and more.
  • STATISTICS – Make graphs and charts, and learn about the Mean, Median and Mode.
  • PROBABILITY – Use spinners and dice to understand chance and probability.
  • And more.

This is a great site to use for practicing math skills.

St. Patrick’s Day Music for Kids

March 17th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 17, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Let’s Play Music – Celtic Songs for Kids for St. Patrick’s Day

(www.letsplaykidsmusic.com/celtic-songs-for-st-patricks-day-kids/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We found some fun music to add to your St. Patrick Day celebrations.

This ad-supported blog post provides YouTube videos of classic Celtic music including: 

  • The Irish Washerwoman
  • Gary Owen
  • Royal Irish Regiments’ Quick Marches
  • Paddy McGinty’s Goat
  • I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
  • Michael Finnegan

It also includes a video of the Ceili Irish Dance.

And here are 2 more blog posts: 

Marc Gunn – 12 Irish Songs for Kids for St. Patrick’s Day

Celt singer Marc Gunn shares audios from his CD St. Patrick’s Day Songs for Kids on his blog as well as a few not on the CD. Some of the songs are his original compositions. He also includes in this post links to some of the lyrics. Songs include: 

  • Rattlin’ Bog
  • I’ll Tell My Ma
  • Mairi’s Wedding
  • Gypsy Rover
  • Loch Lomond
  • The Mermaid Song

And more.

Living Montessori Now – Free St. Patrick’s Day Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time 

Along with some St. Patrick’s Day resource video links, this page includes the following YouTube video songs for kids: 

  • St. Patrick’s Day Song
  • Little Leprechaun Song for Kids
  • Green, Green, Green, Green
  • Potatoes and Cabbage
  • Counting with a Leprechaun

There are also links to more pages across the web for even more St. Patrick’s Day themed songs, rhymes, and fingerplays, mostly geared for younger children.

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