Posts Tagged ‘writing’

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.”

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Math

January 21st, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 21, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MLK Math

(www.superteacherworksheets.com/martin-luther-king.html)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born January 15, 1929.

King was an African-American minister who led massive, peaceful demonstrations leading to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. He believed in equality for people of all races, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination in the United States. 

This site has an excellent selection of free worksheets, BUT in order to get everything on the site, a paid membership is required. There are loads of resources that are free to use without a membership – you just need to poke around to locate them.

The free Martin Luther King, Jr. items are: 

  • M.L.K. Article – Easy Reading and
  • M.L.K. Math – Adding (Basic)

Download the PDFs and learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Then check out the left side bar for all the topics in math. Click on any topic and a new page opens with an extensive menu of printable worksheets to choose from on that topic for a wide range of ability levels. Look for the word “Free” highlighted in yellow to find the worksheets that are available without membership/registration.

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. Plus you’ll find a Teacher Helpers section with free printable award certificates, sticker charts, and more.

This is a commercial website that sells books of worksheets and other teaching tools, but you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the hundreds of free resources.

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

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

(polarexpress.com/schools-libraries)

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.

Calendar Math

December 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, December 3, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Super Teacher Worksheets

(www.superteacherworksheets.com/math-calendars.html)

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

 

The printable worksheets available at SuperTeachWorksheets.com will help your children learn about days, weeks, months, and years.

Use the calendars shown to answer math questions. You can get many things for free here at this website BUT in order to get everything on the site, a paid membership is required. There are loads of resources that are free to use without a membership – you just need to poke around to locate them.

The calendar activities will allow you to download worksheets about: 

  • Monthly Calendar (Basic) – Students answer questions about the January calendar like, “How many Mondays are in January?” and “What day of the week is January 29?”
  • Write the Month – Write the name of this month, last month, next month. Also write your birthday month.
  • Days of the Week Word Wheel – How to make the wheel template, with instructions
  • Monthly Calendar – (Intermediate) – Answer questions about the October calendar like, “Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October. What is the date of Columbus Day?”

Use a calendar to answer the calendar questions, such as “This year, what day of the week does December 30th fall on?” and “Write the date that is fifteen days after May 25.” 

The intermediate worksheets also contain an answer key. 

When you’ve finish with calendars, look at the left navigation bar to location worksheets for all kinds of math topics. Also, other subjects are listed including: 

  • Reading & Writing
  • Phonics & Early Literacy
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar
  • Spelling Lists
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • And more!

Remember you have to sift through to locate what is free but there are some nuggets here!

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