# Puzzled Logic for Young Thinkers!

June 3rd, 2019

It’s Monday, June 3, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

AIMS Puzzle Corner

AIMS Education Foundation (Activities Integrating Math and Science) offers hundreds of free math puzzles and activity pages designed to give students a fun way to develop divergent thinking, practice math skills, learn persistence, and be creative.)

Designed for classroom use, these puzzles can be used at home as well – and are intended for use OFFLINE. The puzzles “have not been assigned a grade level because the ability to do a puzzle varies more by individual than by grade.” When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of puzzle categories. Choose from the menu on the left side bar:

• Arrangement Puzzles – Move manipulatives or rearrange items according to specific rules.
• Dissection Puzzles – Assemble geometric shapes to form larger figures, or break them into smaller figures.
• Divergent Thinking Puzzles – Think in ways that defy typical assumptions.
• Logic Puzzles – Make sense of paradoxes, move items safely across divides, or complete challenges according to specific rules.
• Miscellaneous Puzzles – Paradoxes, games, magic cards, and more.
• Number Puzzles – Arrange numbers according to specific rules, look for patterns, or manipulate them to get different solutions.
• Toothpick Puzzles – Move, rearrange, and/or remove toothpicks to reach desired outcomes.
• Topological Puzzles – Explore geometric properties not affected by changes in size and shape.
• Visual Puzzles – Explain why optical illusions and visual paradoxes work.

Click on a category and a new page opens listing the puzzles and at the very bottom of the puzzle you can click the arrow to view the solution.

# Creative Writing Worksheets & Much More!

May 29th, 2019

It’s Wednesday, May 29, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

TLSBooks.com: Free Worksheets

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades Pre-K-6, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website offers a wide array of free, printable Language Arts worksheets that provide creative writing prompts and activities for students from preschool through sixth grade.

When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to see the creative writing worksheets that include:

• Themed Acrostic Poems – Use these worksheet outlines to write poetry about the seasons and months of the year.
• Quotation Worksheets – Read a quote by a famous person from literature or history (i.e., Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Abigail Adams, Ben Franklin, etc.), and write about what it means to you.
• Miscellaneous Creative Writing Worksheets – Write a story to go with a picture, and use worksheets with writing prompts. You can also print out stationery and thank you notes to use at will.

Be sure to use the menu in the left margin to access free Language Arts worksheets that help students learn and practice:

• The Alphabet
• Handwriting
• Nursery Rhymes
• Spelling

And do Word Search puzzles that teach prepositions, vowel sounds, literary terms, and more. A big plus to this site is that it also offers free worksheets for all of the following subjects:

• Foreign Language
• Geography
• History
• Math
• Music
• Science
• And more!

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return often.

# Free KenKen Math Puzzles!

May 6th, 2019

It’s Monday, May 6, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

KenKen Math Puzzles

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website provides free KenKen math puzzles. What’s a KenKen? It’s a logic puzzle that mixes a Sudoku puzzle and arithmetic.

It was invented by a Japanese mathematics instructor, Tetsuya Miyamoto. His goal was to improve his students’ math and logic skills. As explained at the website:

“KenKen is a grid-based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division-while also challenging your logic and problem-solving skills. By altering the size of a KENKEN grid, from 3 x 3 up to 9 x 9, and employing different combinations of the math operations, five different difficulty levels can be generated, and a seemingly endless number of puzzles. In a way, KenKen is like a game of chess: The more you think ahead to your next move and consider all the possible outcomes, the better you’ll get-and the smarter you’ll become!”

When you get to the website you’ll see the puzzles of the day. If you’re unfamiliar with KenKen, click on “How To Play” on the menu at the top of the page. You’ll not only read an explanation of how to play, but you can follow a step-by-step tutorial. Then, test your skills with the daily puzzles.

Bookmark the site to return each day for the daily puzzles, or sign up (as a teacher) to receive the free newsletter and a set of KenKens will be emailed to you weekly.

# Stories From A Long, Long Time Ago

April 24th, 2019

It’s Wednesday, April 24, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Once Upon a Time

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision. Also there is a separate page for ages 3-5 – see details below.)

Children’s book author, Rohini Chowdhury, retells a collection of timeless tales for kids that you can read online or print out to read offline.

There are no bells and whistles at this website just interesting stories that children will enjoy reading or hearing.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

• Fables
• Folktales
• Fairy Tales
• Myths
• The Epics Retold
• A Glimpse of History
• The Spirit of Festivals
• Great Discoveries
• Ryhmes & Riddles in the Nursery

Click on any item and a new page opens with a brief historical introduction and a short menu of stories in that tradition. Most are retold by Chowdhury, unless otherwise indicated. The stories are presented in plain text, and a few of the stories are accompanied by colorful illustrations.

NOTE: Because myths, fairy tales, legends, fantasy and the like can touch on many themes and topics, parents (as always) should preview the material on this site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Chowdhury also offers a collection of stories for younger children (about ages 3-5) called “Pomegranate Pips” (from the top menu). These stories are all accompanied by illustrations.

And don’t miss “Beyond Stories” where there are more stories including puzzles and games.

# Fun Math Games & Printables for Kids

April 1st, 2019

It’s Monday, April 1, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Kids Math Games

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

We stumbled upon this ad-supported website that offers a wide variety of free, online, interactive math games, printable worksheets and quizzes, video tutorials and more!

This colorful site is user-friendly and engaging. Most kids will be enticed to try a game or two, or three, or more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and the featured math topics that include:

• Numbers – Fun challenges related to numbers, patterns, fractions, decimals, etc.
• Geometry – Learn about shapes, grids, weights, angles, rotation, and more.
• Facts – Read interesting math facts and trivia.
• Videos – Watch educational clips that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and more.
• Printable Worksheets – Includes addition, multiplication, fractions, etc.
• Pictures – See math photos, images, and diagrams.
• Printable Quizzes – Test your knowledge of division, decimals, money, basic algebra and more!

You’ll also find logic games, math riddles, board games, and math puzzles. This is a terrific resource that will enhance learning math. Bookmark it, to return often.

# Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese – FREE

March 23rd, 2019

It’s Saturday, March 23, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MyChineseLessons

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

This site has a kid-friendly format that claims to make learning Chinese easy and fun.

When you get to the site, you can start on Lesson 1, or view the “Lesson Index” to view the choices including:

• Hello! How Are You?
• Numbers and Counting
• Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday
• Let’s Eat!
• and more.

Each lesson explains how to draw the character and has helpful hints on how to memorize it. As explained at the site, “All of our online Chinese lessons are free and include Chinese lesson materials such as printable flash cards, online memory testing, puzzles, written and audio versions, and much more.”