Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese – FREE

February 9th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 9, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn Chinese

(www.freechineselessons.com/lessons/basics/)

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

 

This site includes basic lessons that focus on proper pronunciation of spoken Mandarin.

It also includes the basics for learning Chinese writing which is non-alphabetic and non-phonetic. Learn the meaning of Chinese characters. This site seems to be designed with older students and adults in mind. However, even young children – with parental guidance – could listen to some of the lessons and stories and learn Chinese words and phrases. Non-readers will need assistance.

Here is another site: My Chinese Lessons. This site has a more kid-friendly format that claims to make learning Chinese easy and fun. 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.”

Music with Mozart

January 26th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 26, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(www.classicsforkids.com/composers/composer_profile.php?id=46)

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

 

Gather the family around the computer for a treat about the life and music of one of the world’s great classical music composers, Mozart, born January 27, 1756.

This site has archived radio shows that bring great composers to life through music and stories. When you get to the site, you will see a painting of Mozart’s face and a little biography about him. Scroll down to the two audio clips and you can listen to music written by Mozart that may be familiar to you. Then scroll down further to the six ‘shows’ about Mozart:

  • About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Mozart’s Operas
  • Janissary Music
  • What’s a Rondo?
  • Child Prodigy Composers
  • The Magic Flute

Each one is about 6 minutes long and has music and narration to learn more about this great composer and his music.

Holiday Language Arts and Free Audiobooks

December 19th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, December 19, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Holiday Zone

(www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/christmas-language.html)

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

 

At this website you’ll find an ingenious list of Christmas-themed activities that will stimulate reading, writing, story-telling, and vocabulary development.

You’ll also find suggestions for creating acrostic poems and playing some language arts games. Some of the ideas are better suited to a classroom environment – but many can be tweaked for homeschooling. 

When you are done playing the games at this site, go on over to LibriVox, where you can read/listen to free Christmas audiobooks. LibriVox is an organization that gathers volunteers to record literature in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. At the website you can access holiday-themed stories. Not only can you download the MP3s and listen to the stories, most contain links to the full text so you can read along – all for free! Here are some titles: 

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nick) by Clement C. Moore

The CIA for Kids!

November 29th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 29, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CIA for Kids

(www.cia.gov/kids-page)

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

 

When you think about the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), “kids” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. So, you may be surprised to see what they offer for children on their “Kids’Zone” page.

Find out about the history of the CIA and what they do including how they use dogs and pigeons to gather intelligence. You can also try your hand at breaking a secret code!

When you get to the site you will see a menu on the right side of your screen that includes: 

  • K-5th Grade – Click on this link and a new page opens with a brief introduction to the CIA for younger elementary grade students. Look for the menu on the left side of the screen that includes an opportunity to learn all about the CIA Seal, find out about the CIA K-9 Corp (kids will love reading the personal stories of 23 different “spy” dogs), and get a bird’s eye view of the CIA (includes info about how carrier pigeons help the CIA).
  • 6th-12th Grade Homepage – Click on this link to access info designed for older students including: 
    • Who We Are & What We Do – Includes a more in-depth look at the mission, structure, and the operations of the CIA.
    • Getting a Job at the CIA – Explains the qualifications one must have to work for the CIA.
    • Operation History – When you click this, don’t miss “one of the most secret museums in the world” to take a virtual tour of the CIA museum and its artifacts. More advanced students might like to read the “History of American Intelligence” and “The History of the CIA” – in-depth looks at the history of the CIA from the Revolutionary War through WWII. Of particular interest for older students are the spy biographies which can be accessed by clicking “The CIA Hall of Fame.” Here you will find several U.S. presidents (including George Washington, Herbert Hoover, and George Bush), Nathan Hale, Harriet Tubman, and even a heroic spy who, with several names and only one leg, was the only female ever to earn the Distinguished Service Cross, one of the highest honors issued by the U.S. military.

Once you’ve checked out the grade-specific sections, have some fun by clicking on “Games” on the menu. Junior spies of every age, will have fun with a CIA puzzle, word find, and trying to decipher a secret code.

As always, parents should preview this material to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.

Math Biographies, History, & More!

November 5th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, November 5, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MacTutor History of Math Archive

(www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/index.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website archives the biographies of famous and not-so-famous mathematicians, including a “Mathematicians of the Day” feature. It also maintains an index of the history of various math strands like Numbers, Algebra, and Geometry, as well as the history of math in various cultures such as those in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, China, India, America and more.

When you get to the site, simply use the search tool or the menu on the left of the screen to access: 

  • Biographies Index – Read the life stories of mathematicians through the ages. Search for names alphabetically, or search various time periods from 500 AD to the present.
  • History Topics Index – Click on links to learn about mathematics in various cultures from Ancient Babylonia to the Mayan culture to present day America. You can also learn the history of various mathematical topics such as Algebra, Analysis, Numbers, Number Theory, Geometry, Topology, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Astronomy, and more.
  • Famous Curves Index – Learn the history of various math curves such as the Cartesian Oval, Devil’s Curve, Fermat’s Spiral, Involute of a Circle, Newton’s Parabolas, Serpentine, Talbot’s Curve, Watt’s Curve, the Witch of Agnesi, and more.
  • Mathematicians of the Day – Find out which mathematicians were born (and who died) every day of the year. Bookmark the site, and check it daily. The entire year is archived here – look up your birthday and see what mathematician was born on the same day as you!

This site offers a unique way to engage students in the study of mathematics, and a way to further explore math for those who simply can’t get enough of it.

Videos – Kids Stories in Spanish

October 27th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 27, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garabato – Videocuentos

(pacomova.eresmas.net/paginas/videocuentos/videocuentos.htm)

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

 

This page, part of a larger ad-supported Spanish website, provides video presentations of stories for children in Spanish.

We thought that this would be a fun addition to your Spanish class and provide your students with listening and reading practice.

Because this is an all-Spanish website, if you do not read Spanish, you can use the translation function of your browser to change the page content to English. If you are a Chrome user, when you first arrive at the site a pop-up should appear asking if you would like to translate the page. Doing this will allow you to see the story titles in English. Alternatively, you could choose not to have the page translated for more challenging language practice for the student. 

Select a video you would like to watch using the text links under the images. Some of the stories have more than one video breaking them into shorter segments. We did find that a couple of the links brought up error messages on the videos, but the others played fine. Some familiar tales include: 

  • El Patito Feo – The Ugly Duckling
  • La Princesa y el Guisante – The Princess and the Pea
  • Pulgarcita – Thumbelina
  • El Ruiseñor – The Nightingale
  • La Sirenita – The Little Mermaid
  • Caperucita Roja – Little Red Riding Hood
  • El Traje Nuevo del Emperador – The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • La Princesa de las Nieves – The Snow Princess
  • Los Tres Cerditos – The Three Little Pigs
  • La Liebre y la Tortuga – The Tortoise and the Hare
  • La Gallina de los Huevos de Oro – The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

And more.

At the bottom of the page there is a text link that will take you to the website home page (Volver a la página principal). On the home page, visitors can browse through hundreds of stories to read online, all sorted alphabetically. If you had previously selected to have the page translated into English, in order to read the stories in Spanish, you will need to either copy the page link and open in a new window or go back to the video page, and refresh to get back to the Spanish version. The home page has right-click disabled so it is not possible to update language options using that method.

Scroll under the alphabet selection section to find additional links to pictogram stories, over 150 Hans Christian Andersen stories, over 100 stories from India and more.

Although we suggest using this site as a tool for older language students, younger children may enjoy watching the videos or having the stories read to them by an older student.

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