Posts Tagged ‘spelling’

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 1st, 2016


It’s Wednesday, June 1, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts


Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)


The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes: 

  • Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch Words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
  • Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, classics, etc.
  • Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
  • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.
  • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
  • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
  • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
  • Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. Go to the home page and see for yourself at

This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

Free Multiplication Worksheets, Games and more!

May 9th, 2016


It’s Monday, May 9, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

SuperTeacherWorksheets: Multiplication Worksheets and Games


Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5 approximately, with parental supervision)


The printable worksheets available at this site will help your children with their multiplication facts. There are games, timed quizzes, multiplication drills and more. Look for the word “Free” highlighted in yellow to find the worksheets that are available without membership/registration.

Also, on the left side of the site, there are numerous math subjects with about 1-3 FREE, printable worksheets including: 

  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Counting Money
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Graphing
  • Measurement
  • Percents
  • Place Value
  • Subtraction
  • Telling Time
  • Word Problems

Just click on a menu item and a new page opens displaying a menu of worksheets on that topic.

When you’re done with math, you can explore the assortment of reading, spelling, grammar, writing, and social sciences worksheets as well. Again, look for the word “Free” (highlighted in yellow) to print/download worksheets free of charge.

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


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


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 (

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: Inc


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.