Posts Tagged ‘vocabulary’

Get ready for World Read Aloud Day!

January 30th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BooksInTheClassroom.com

(www.carolhurst.com/profsubjects/reading/readingaloud.html)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K – 9, with parental supervision)

 

Friday, February 1, 2019, is World Read Aloud Day! Developing a love for reading within your children could be as easy as reading aloud to them regularly.

When you read aloud you show your children that YOU feel that reading is an important part of your life. Taking the time to discuss the text or problem solve the character’s current dilemma or even guessing the end to a good book can help to strengthen their ability to concentrate for a period of time, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves clearly. When we continue the practice of reading aloud past the early years to our children we see their vocabulary, language, grammar and writing skills prosper. Children can become aware of other places and other lives through the books we read to them. The benefits are enormous – reading aloud creates life-long readers

We located a wonderful list of recommended titles for reading aloud. It should be noted that even though there is a lot of good information here the purpose of this website is to sell books, though you are not required to purchase any. You can check out these titles at any library and still use them in the ways suggested. 

When you get to this ad-supported website, you’ll find an interesting article about reading aloud to students. The article is written to classroom teachers and discusses the beginning of the school year but all of the information contained here is easily adapted to homeschoolers. On the left sidebar you’ll see a list of read-aloud titles categorized by curriculum area and grade. Each title comes with a short synopsis of the book and springboard ideas to other reading selections. One of the things we like best about this list is that the author takes time to help the “instructor” (in this case, we, parents) to understand how and when to progress to more complex books.  

Don’t stop on the Read Aloud page though. Bookmark this site and come back often to use the many free resources for teaching children, preschool through middle school, across the curriculum.

Free Spanish Proficiency Exercises

January 19th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 19, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

(www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site features a dozen or more free lessons for each of SIX levels of proficiency in Spanish – everything from Beginning to Superior!

When you get to the site, you will see an introduction that explains this unique program. The lessons are listed by level in a horizontal menu bar near the top of the page. Place your cursor over the level on the menu bar and a drop-down menu displays each lesson in that proficiency level. Click on the lesson and a new page opens.

In each lesson, there is one simplified video interview, plus video interviews of FIVE native speakers using the grammar and vocabulary for that lesson. The five native speakers could be from Spain, Mexico, Central America or South America. While the video is playing, the captions can be set to Spanish, English, or None. The videos are also available as podcasts for anywhere viewing by iPod. 

Unlike most traditional textbooks, this website does not include worksheets or quizzes. However, relevant vocabulary, phrases, and grammar are available in the menu located in the right-hand column of each lesson page. There are plenty of videos to watch without the captions if you wish to practice your comprehension skills!

The entire site can be navigated by means of the “site index” in the upper right corner if you prefer.

Fun Ways to Practice Spelling

January 16th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AAASpell.com

(www.aaaspell.com/)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, students can study and practice their spelling and vocabulary lists in a variety of fun ways without having to wait for mom to be available. 

Quickly select from the many prepared lists based on the classic McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book, by W. H. McGuffey and use in your lesson planning. You can construct your own lists but when you create a free account you can save and edit your lists and then select them later as needed. 

To start right away, scroll down to “3. Practice AAASpell.com Spelling Lists” on the home page. Click on the link and then choose your grade, then a lesson, then “Click here to practice…” Some of the self-correcting activities that can be utilized are: 

  • Hear and Spell: Listen to the word and then spell it. (Note that only words with available audio will be used for Hear and Spell. Words available with audio are indicated on the sidebar after creating your new list.)
  • Missing Letters: Spell the word correctly by adding one or two letters.
  • Spell the word: The word is shown and the student copies it.
  • Guess the Letters: Find the word by guessing letters.
  • Scrambled Letters: Spell the word correctly by unscrambling the letters.
  • And several other study methods to keep the learning fresh.

Instant feedback is given. If the student answers incorrectly, the correct answer is displayed, reinforcing spelling and vocabulary skills.

Whether practicing spelling lists, exploring new vocabulary, or learning alphabetical order, this website is an excellent addition to your education toolbox.

Boost Your Vocab & Feed the Hungry

January 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 2, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freerice

(www.freerice.com/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers you the opportunity to boost your vocabulary and help end world hunger.

For each word you get correct in the online vocabulary quiz, 10 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations World Food Program to help feed the hungry. The best explanation of the concept comes directly from the website:


Freerice has two goals: 

    1. Provide education to everyone for free.
    2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.
 
Freerice has a custom database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. There are words appropriate for people just learning English and words that will challenge the most scholarly professors.
 
Freerice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.
 
If you have more questions, check out the FAQs at the website. This is an ingeneous idea and it’s lots of fun to participate.

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

Fun with Ambigrams

November 28th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 28, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inversions by Scott Kim

(www.scottkim.com.previewc40.carrierzone.com/inversions/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

At today’s website you can explore the fascinating world of “ambigrams” also known as “inversions.”

What’s an ambigram? This is a “cool, artistic twist on wordplay!” Ambigrams are words that can be read in more than one way – that is, right side up, upside down, inverted, rotated, or mirrored.

At this website you’ll find classroom activities for grades 3-12, using ambigrams and inversions. According to the website, these exercises teach symmetry, art, geometry, language arts, and creative thinking. When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Classroom Activities – Get free ambigram-themed lessons and games including printable handouts and teacher notes.
  • Classroom Galleries – See samples of inversions or ambigrams submitted by students.

Please note, that this site recommends more learning resources about ambigrams at other websites. We have not reviewed these other sites and as always, parents should preview.

Ambigrams are a fun way to play with words, providing an opportunity to improve Language Arts skills in spelling and vocabulary, and much more!

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