# Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 14th, 2019

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline.

The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline. The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include:

• Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-9 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
• Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 7-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
• Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
• Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-9 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects:

• Plants
• Animals
• Human Body
• Earth Sciences
• Chemistry
• Physical Science
• History/Social Studies
• Geography/Maps
• Art
• Language Arts
• Drama
• and more!

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

# The Particle Adventure!

January 8th, 2019

It’s Tuesday, January 8, 20198, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

This website offers an award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors.

Sponsored by the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, it is available in an impressive array of languages including Spanish, Greek, Italian, German, Chinese, Polish, and more!

Click the “Go” button to begin one of the adventures:

• The Standard Model
• Fireworks on the 4th of July
• Accelerators and Particle Detectors
• Exploring Unsolved Mysteries
• Particle Decays and Annihilations

Once you begin, the menu appears in the left column, and you can jump to any topic of interest. The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to proceed sequentially by using the arrows at the top right of each page.

Lively illustrations and good-natured humor keep you smiling as you learn fascinating and amazing facts about physics and the microscopic wonders of the world in which we live.

In the lower part of the main page, you can also find links to classroom activities and more.

# Bedtime Math!

January 7th, 2019

It’s Monday, January 7, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Bedtime Math

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-4 approximately, with parental participation and supervision)

What an ingenious idea! This website, created by Laura Overdeck, provides a free, daily, Bedtime Math Problem that helps parents give kids a fun opportunity “to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.”

As explained at the website, the Bedtime Math Problem aims to be “fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep. In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.”

You can get your free, daily Bedtime Math Problem directly from the website, harvest it from their Facebook page, or you can subscribe to the daily newsletter that delivers it to your email inbox. (See details at the website.) Each BMP offers three levels of challenge to be used as a rough guideline:

• Wee Ones for preschool kids
• Little Kids for children in grades K-2
• Big Kids for children in grades 3 and up

This is not a math curriculum, and there’s no one right way to use it. It’s simply a fun idea to help parents and kids enjoy math in small daily doses.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the most recent Bedtime Math Problems posted on the home page. When we visited, there were fun math problems themed around:

• Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
• Words That Make You Cross-eyed
• Snowballs in Siberia
• Owls
• And many more!

Each math story-problem is presented in a fun way that incorporates a little science and history and a lot of humor. They are designed to engage children’s interest immediately. All of the BMPs are archived at the website. You can check out their apps as well.

# Holiday Science

December 18th, 2018

It’s Tuesday, December 18, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

HowStuffWorks: How Holiday Lights Work

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

Get the information on how those mini decorative lights are made.

Clear explanations and great illustrations and photos help you understand how these incandescent bulbs work, why the removal of one bulb in a strand can break the circuit, and how they get the bulbs to blink.

Here are some more free science resources for some holiday cheer.

Science I.Q. – The Gingerbread Man

Ewwwww! It’s hard to believe, but at the Science I.Q. website they explain that gingerbread originated because of a wheat disease known as “stinking smut” that “replaces the wheat grain with a black powder of spores that has a strong fishy odor.” Learn more about it at the website, although it won’t exactly whet your appetite for gingerbread.

Track Santa on Christmas Eve

This website is sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which is the joint American and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the United States and Canada that was created in 1958. Every year NORAD tracks Santa’s whereabouts so that children throughout the world can determine his location and how close he is to delivering goodies to their house on Christmas Eve. At the site (under the link for Secret Santa Files in the NORAD HQ section) you can get the scoop on the science behind tracking Santa including radar, satellites, and jet fighter aircraft!

# Christmas Cookie History & More

December 13th, 2018

It’s Thursday, December 13, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

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

Christmas cookies are a staple of the holiday season. Learn a fascinating account of the history of cookies from the 7th Century to modern times.

Read the history of all kinds of cookies:

• Anzac Biscuits
• Biscotti
• Chocolate Chip Cookies
• Fig Newtons
• Macaroons
• Peanut Butter Cookies
• and more.

It includes recipes too!

And here are more sites – see how many subjects you can incorporate into the act of baking cookies!

Christmas Cookie Recipes from Around the World

Find Christmas cookie recipes from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America, and Yugoslavia! Ask your children to find the country of origin of each type of cookie you bake on a globe or map.

The Food Timeline: Christmas food history

Discover a variety of Christmas food traditions, including the baking of cookies, with this timeline featuring information, quotes and recipes from a variety of resources.

The Science Spot: Case #1225: Case of the Christmas Cookie Mystery (Note: Geared for middle school and up.)

Get A FREE, downloadable and printable chemistry lesson themed around Christmas cookies. You’ll also find the printable teacher’s classroom instructions here.

Welcome to the Family Table: Free Elementary Math Worksheets: Munchable Math-Christmas Cookies

Elementary students will enjoy these colorful downloadable PDF math sheets for practicing adding and subtracting 3’s.

Left Brain Craft Brain: Tangram Christmas Cookies

Make math yummy and fun with these wonderful tangram Christmas Cookies. Includes all recipes and instructions for making these simple, buttery confections as well as a downloadable printable template for cutting the dough for your tangram and more.

Family Education: Free, Printable Christmas Cookie E-Book

This website offers a FREE, downloadable and printable E-Book of easy-to-make Holiday Cookie recipes.

# Language Arts Activities with The Polar Express

December 12th, 2018

It’s Wednesday, December 12, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Polar Express

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

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. This timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.

When you get to the site, you’ll find a link to download an extensive discussion guide and a list of additional curriculum connections:

• Creative Writing/Language Arts – Brainstorm winter words; ask children to imagine their own magical midnight train ride and write about it, list all of the adjectives, then verbs, then nouns.
• Read-Aloud – Have a Polar Express Party! Click the link to download a complete party kit.
• Science/Geography – Find the North Pole on a globe or map, and write a short report on its characteristics.
• Topics for Further Research – Polar ice cap, Northern lights, reindeer
• And more!

When you think you’ve done everything you can, find the link to “More Games & Fun” to access activities, games and recipes.