Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Visit the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

August 24th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, August 24, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

(www.reading.ac.uk/Ure/tour/index.php)

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

 

Discover the artifacts of Greece and Egypt with this virtual tour of the Ure Museum at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

Navigating the website to see the items will take a little effort but it is worth it. When arriving at today’s link, visitors will find a menu of themes to explore: 

  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Mythology and religion
  • Household – including childhood
  • Making Greek vases – including shapes, decoration and timeline
  • Education – including music, athletics and literacy
  • Citizenship – including gender
  • Warfare
  • The Symposium
  • Body beautiful
  • Death – including graves and funerary rituals

Once you have selected a theme, a page opens with information relating to the topic. Within the topic are accession numbers that are links to the artifact. Clicking one will open the page with information and image of the item. Click on the images to enlarge, then you can use the navigation tool under the image to see more views available. Use the back arrow on your browser to return to the previous page or select the Ure Museum Home link on the left sidebar to get to the homepage and then select the “Tour of the Museum” tab to get back to where the menu is.

You could also search the database to search for items using a keyword or topic. Use the “database” link in the welcome paragraph to access this. If there are available items to view, a list will populate. Click the link and available accession numbers will appear for you to select.

There is an abundance of information on this site to supplement your studies of ancient Greece.

Free homeschool curriculum

August 15th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, August 15, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AmblesideOnline

(www.amblesideonline.org/)

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

 

As the website states, “AmblesideOnline is a free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason’s classically-based principles to prepare children for a life of rich relationships with everything around them: God, humanity, and the natural world.”

Charlotte Mason believed children should read and learn from living books rather than text books. If you ever wanted to try her style of teaching/learning, this would be a great place to start. Everything is laid out for you – daily plans and weekly plans for each year (grade).

When you get to the site, click on “Introduction to AmblesideOnline” to get an overview. Then use the menu on the left side bar to choose the weekly schedule for the year. There is a basic overview of the year, and then each subject is detailed. Each year also has Additional Books for Free Reading – with direct links.

From the side menu, you can also choose by subject: 

  • Art Study
  • Composers
  • Nature Study
  • Plutarch
  • Shakespeare
  • Poets
  • Hymns
  • Folksongs
  • Bible
  • and more!

You can also join a forum, check out their blog and link to extensive teacher resources.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Hawaii

August 10th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, August 10, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtually Hawaii

(satftp.soest.hawaii.edu/space/hawaii/virtual.field.trips.html)

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

 

Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959. Visit the islands online with this virtual field trip.

After reading the introduction, select the island to visit by clicking on one of the images on the left had side of the page. Through images and text tour the islands of: 

  • Oahu
  • Big Island
  • Maui
  • Kahoolawe
  • Molokai
  • Kauai

Each island has a choice of tours available – some use clickable maps to reach a destination, others have downloadable movies of aerial views. When the tour opens, read through the text and click on the images for larger views. When finished with these tours, select the “Go to VH Home Page” and locate the “NEW radar images” in the right hand upper paragraph to see radar images of the islands.

We did find that this site appears to be an older website that may not be maintained and a few of the links did not work, but there is still plenty of great information and images available making it worth a look-see.

Make the Dirt Fly: Panama Canal History

August 9th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 9, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Smithsonian Libraries: Make the Dirt Fly

(www.sil.si.edu/Exhibitions/Make-the-Dirt-Fly/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Panama Canal opened on August 15, 1914 creating a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This digital exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries explains the history and process of undertaken to build the canal.

To enter the exhibition, click the home page image then read through the next few frames, using the red arrow on the right-hand side of the screen to move through the slides. After the first few slides, there will also be a map on the pages that can be used to move to different sections of the presentation. Topics covered include: 

  • Why Build a Canal?
  • Choosing a Route
  • Making the Dirt Fly
  • Waging War on Mosquitoes
  • Life in the Canal Zone
  • Civil Engineering
  • An Engineering Icon
  • Did you know?
  • Suggested Reading

Each topic includes informational text, relevant images that can be enlarged by clicking on them, quotes from people of the time, and additional facts relevant to the subject.

This site makes a nice resource for your history studies of building of the Panama Canal.

Study Spanish for Free

August 4th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 4, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

123 Teach Me: Spanish for Children

(www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_for_children)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This section of the larger 123 Teach Me website provides lessons, games, quizzes, videos and more for kids who are learning Spanish.

Older students can visit the home page to find resources for learning Spanish geared more towards their age level. For the purposes of this review we are focusing on the Spanish for Children page

When arriving at the kids’ page, there is a colorful menu with the following options: 

  • Spanish Games for Kids – Students can choose from 12 different games to learn and practice their Spanish. Be sure to have your Flash enabled to play the games.
  • Games for Younger Kids – Younger children can play simpler games such as Memory, Spanish Bingo, Space Invader and more to learn Spanish vocabulary.
  • Flashcard & Vocabulary – digital flash card and activities for learning vocabulary
  • Spanish Alphabet for Kids – Learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet with visuals and audios as well as sample words that begin with the letter.
  • Alphabet Videos & Quizzes – a couple of alphabet song videos, as well as letter flashcards and quizzes
  • Music Videos for Kids – YouTube videos of Spanish songs that also provide the words in Spanish and English
  • Quizzes for Kids – Students can test themselves with matching games, word searches and more.
  • Short Stories + Quizzes – video presentations in Spanish of classic tales such as Midas the King, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, and more. Each video includes the text of the story in Spanish and English and an interactive quiz.
  • Audio Short Stories – similar to the Short Stories + Quizzes section, audios include the text in Spanish and English as well as interactive activities.
  • Spanish Numbers for Kids, Spanish Colors for Kids, Spanish Vocabulary for Kids – include a variety of interactive activities for children to learn words in Spanish
  • Printable Worksheets – a large variety of worksheets for vocabulary, printable lessons, short stories, flash cards, crafts and more
  • Spanish Speaking Countries – a short geography lesson relating to the countries where Spanish is the official language

Select the “Next” option on the bottom of the menu for even more content for Grammar Lessons, Videos in Spanish, Reading Comprehension, Fun Lessons, and Spanish Holidays. There are a lot of great resources at this website and we have only scratched the surface. Be sure to bookmark this one.

* Please note that some of the activities are on other websites that have not been completely reviewed by our team. As always, be sure to check out the sites prior to allowing children to visit.

Architecture as Art

July 28th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 28, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Buildings Collection

(www.greatbuildings.com/)

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

 

At this website you can experience art through architecture. See photographs, 3-D models, and architectural drawings of some of the most interesting and beautiful buildings in the worldRead about their history, the architectural style employed in their design, and read about the architects who designed them.


When you get to the site, after reading the introduction, use the menu at the top of the screen to open a subsection. You’ll find that over 1,000 buildings have been categorized for ease of search by: 

  • building name
  • building type (castle, cathedral, hotel, or house, etc.)
  • architect (read their biographies)
  • architectural style (Neolithic, gothic, Islamic, Japanese, Victorian, etc.)
  • construction type (brick, geodesic, glass, etc.)
  • place where the building exists (Rome, Paris, USA, etc.)
  • There is even a building timeline (located in tiny print below the main menu on the home page) – so you can pick a date or time period and explore the buildings of that era.

You will also find references to books for further study as well as links to other sites about architecture.

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