Posts Tagged ‘spelling’

How To Be A Writing Mentor to Your Child

April 27th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, April 27, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wonder Farm

(patriciazaballos.com/become-a-writing-mentor-to-your-child/)

Age Range: Varies (written with homeschool parents in mind).

 

One of the most challenging subjects or skill sets to help children learn is writing. Enter Patricia Zaballos, a veteran homeschool mom, writer, and educator who values “child-led, passion-driven, project-based learning, gently encouraged by enthusiastic adults.” For the past 12 years, she has facilitated writer’s workshops for homeschooled children, and teaches homeschool parents how to make writing more “fun, authentic, and meaningful for their kids.”

Patricia writes a terrific blog called “Wonder Farm” that currently features a free series on how to “Become a Writing Mentor To Your Child.” It is filled with thought-provoking commentary and practical albeit unconventional suggestions and ideas that will ease your anxiety and inspire your desire to help your kids learn to write. There are 8 installations so far that include:  

  • Part 8: Encouraging without Discouraging
  • Part 7: The Power of Positive Feedback
  • Part 6: Finding Meaningful Writing or Kids
  • Part 5: Grammar By Ear
  • Part 4: That Niggling Thing Called Spelling
  • Part 3: Three Points from a Mentor
  • Part 2: They Know Stuff
  • Part 1: Teacher or Mentor?

When you get to the website you’ll see the current blog post, “Grammar By Ear.” Read it. It may change your perspective and open a world of writing freedom and fun to you and your family. You’ll especially enjoy the free tips at the end of the article for helping kids learn grammar and punctuation.

Take the time to explore the archived blog posts, and use the menu to learn more about Patricia and her family, their homeschool journey, her book, and more.

Grammar Games!

March 30th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, March 30, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SlimeKids – Grammar

(www.slimekids.com/games/grammar-games/)

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

 

This website was developed by Andy Fine, the creator of SlimeKids. He explains on the site that SlimeKids is an acronym for School library media Kids because it combines all of those elements. He goes on to explain that SlimeKids was created to provide students with a playful, easy-to-use interface through which they could learn about and access valuable online resources.

On the site you’ll find an extensive collection of book trailers organized by year and by grade level as well as numerous language arts-related games. When you get to the site, look through the various selections of games that teach: 

  • Word usage
  • Literacy
  • Spelling
  • Typing
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Please note: There are many advertisements and links to other pages on this website. We only reviewed the Grammar Games page so as always, parental supervision is necessary.

Language Arts Quizzes

March 16th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, March 16, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Quiz Tree (www.quiz-tree.com/)

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

 

This website offers animated, interactive educational quizzes on a variety of subjects including Spelling, Reading, Geography, History, Science, Music, and Foreign Languages.

Students of all ages can use the quizzes to test their knowledge, prepare for an exam, or learn something new. For example, children in grades K-3 (who are just learning to read) can try the Dolch sight words. Spelling Bee hopefuls can try mastering the lists of misspelled words. Older students can prepare for the SAT and GRE.

When you get to the site, scroll down to see the menu. It may seem sparse, but each line in that menu opens to a new page with numerous quizzes. You can even access the quizzes by grade level.

These quizzes (games) are fun, eye-pleasing, and include sound effects (so turn on your speakers). Some are drag-and-drop, and some are multiple-choice. Sometimes hints are available but may cost you points. Some quizzes are timed. If you get an answer wrong, one of a set of disappointed tones will sound and you will get another chance. A different set of sounds applaud your successes. At the end of the quiz, your score will be displayed and you will be given a chance to try the quiz again.

A bonus feature is that you can download a fully-functional trial version of a program called Quiz-Buddy to create your own quizzes offline!

Bookmark this page to return often!

Language Arts Through 20 Questions

January 6th, 2016

It’s Wednesday, January 6, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

20Q.net Inc

(www.20q.net/)

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

Here’s a neat website. It’s the virtual, interactive version of the popular parlor and travel game.

 

When you get to the site choose from over 20 languages to play the game. A new page opens with a selection of many themed games including:

  • Classic 20 Questions
  • People
  • Sports
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Name Game

Choose any one and a new page opens that invites you to pretend you are a person, place, or thing related to that category. Then, the 20Q Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) will determine who or what you are by asking a few simple questions. The questions are written on the screen, so you must read in order to play. Non-readers will need some help from Mom or Dad. The accuracy of the A.I. is amazing. Can you stump it? Try it and see!

You’ll also find a virtual version of Hangman (great for spelling and vocabulary development), and a Memory and Art game too. (Look under “Other Games” on the menu at the top of the screen.)

Note: The games on this site are all FREE, and you can play as often as you like. They do sell hand-held, table-top, and large screen versions of the game at the website.

Creative Writing Worksheets & Much More!

December 9th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, December 9, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TLSBooks.com: Free Worksheets

(www.tlsbooks.com/languageartscreativewriting.htm)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades PreK-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 Pre-K through Middle School.

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: 

  • Alphabetizing
  • Rhyming
  • Dictionary Skills
  • Vocabulary

And do Word Search puzzles that teach punctuation, vowel sounds, literary terms, and more. You’ll also find “Handwriting” and “Spelling” worksheets on the menu too. 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.

Pre-Writing, Spelling, & More!

September 9th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, September 9, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Parent Child Education

(http://parentchildeducation.com/category/topics/beginning-writing/)

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

 

This website contains many, many engaging FREE lessons with video instruction on handwriting, spelling and more.

Here are some of the lesson titles available at the site: 

  • Pre-Writing – Activities which will help develop the fine motor skills in your child’s hand when holding a pencil – also find a link to a proper pencil grip video!
  • Conventional Writing – Activities, tips and techniques you can use with your child to help them learn handwriting
  • Look at the top menu bar to locate Spelling Tips and Activities – Get advice and fun activities that help kids learn and practice.

Once you’ve used these, return to the top menu bar to find: 

  • Art Projects
  • Reading Activities
  • Math Activities
  • Science Activities
  • Social Studies Activities

When you take the time to explore this site, you’ll be rewarded with lots of terrific free lessons that include: 

  • Step-by-step instructions with video illustrations
  • A materials list
  • Activities, games or books to reinforce the lesson
  • Brain research based, kid-friendly content
  • Information on different learning styles and approaches to learning to help parents better understand their child’s needs
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