Learn Spanish through play

August 1st, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, August 1, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wordplay – Spanish Vocabulary Game

(www.wordplay.com/)

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

 

Quickly master over a thousand Spanish vocabulary words with this online learning tool powered by Brainrush that teaches using a simple game atmosphere.

After creating a free account and logging in, select the lesson you want to work on by using the menu of lessons. All of the lessons are nicely broken down into bite-size pieces of about 10 words each. With over 100 lessons, you can easily find lessons to supplement your curriculum. Some of the vocabulary topics covered are: 

  • Basic Words
  • Numbers
  • Important verbs
  • Opening and closing phrases
  • Adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Colors
  • Conversations
  • Question words
  • Comparisons
  • People, Nationalities, Professions
  • Time, holidays, and Weather
  • School words
  • Words related to food and eating
  • Words related to the home
  • Emotions
  • Clothing and Fabric
  • Places, transportation, and travel
  • The body
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • And much more.

Vocabulary is presented on illustrated tiles that include the Spanish word and English translation. Click the tile to hear both translations. When you have finished reviewing the tiles, select the “Play” button and the games begin. In the first stage of the game, students try to match the word before it reaches the bottom of the game field. When the student matches correctly both translations are said aloud. Once stage 1 is mastered you are moved onto stage 2 in which a word tile is presented and students must type the correct Spanish or English word in the box provided. If the student inputs the incorrect answer, the program gives the correct answer and the student corrects their error, quickly reinforcing the proper translation spelling. When you finish stage 2 you are moved onto the next lesson and the process begins again.

Some additional features that this site offers: 

  • Wordplay adjusts difficulty to match your skill
  • Reviews are automatically scheduled to build long term retention
  • Each tile has a mastery meter that fills in green as you develop mastery and then blue as you build retention
  • Downloadable PDFs of course content
  • Downloadable progress reports

As an added bonus, you can request to have a Teacher’s account created for you where you can create your own courses, set up multiple students, and monitor their progress.

Please note that this is an ad-supported website, but they are minimal and don’t appear to be distracting when using the games.

If you are looking for a no-frills Spanish vocabulary program, you will certainly want to check out this site.

Summer Reading Programs with Freebies for Kids

June 24th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

It’s Wednesday, June 24, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

(www.barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading/_/N-2m39)

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

 

Summer is here and many companies offer National Summer Reading Programs where kids can earn prizes for reading books!

When you get to the site, you’ll see Barnes & Noble’s 100 Books of Summer and more. Their contest for Grades 1-6 is: Read 8 books, record them in a free “Reading Journal,” and earn a FREE book! The journal is provided for free – scroll down under “Gift with Purchase” and click on “Learn More” in the “Summer Reading Giveaway…” box.

Camp BOOK IT! (New for 2020)

From June through August, kids who were in grades K-6 in the 2019-2020 school year, and who meet the challenge to meet their monthly reading goal, can win a Personal Pan Pizza from PizzaHut. The site also includes activities and book recommendations.

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza

Kids in Grades K-12 can sign up for Home Base where they keep track of their reading streaks, play games, and more. Reading streaks earn rewards and help unlock a donation of 100,000 books through United Way to kids in areas with limited or no access to books.

Don’t forget that many public libraries offer Summer Reading Programs where kids can win prizes too. Contact your local library for more information.

Summer Activities with Science

June 23rd, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, June 23, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Elementary Science Program – Summer Activities

(www.espsciencetime.org/SummerActivities.aspx)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Summer is here! At this site you will find free sets of questions that lead to science investigations that you can easily do.

The summer topics include: 

  • Animal Students
  • Ants
  • Backyard Safari
  • Beach Science
  • Build a Birdbath
  • Butterfly Watching
  • Caterpillar Hunt
  • Clouds
  • Fireflies
  • And many more!

These questions and activities should keep you busy for the rest of the season!

Free, Amazing Math Movie with Lessons in Geometry & Dimensions

June 22nd, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, June 22, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dimensions

(www.dimensions-math.org/Dim_E.htm)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Created by three math enthusiasts (with terrific credentials) this site offers a free film on mathematics that references the work of renown mathematicians, scientists, artists, and others in a multi-media presentation that is sure to amaze and (hopefully) make the subject matter understandable.

When you get to the site, click on “Tour/Guide” to get an overview of the course. Then click on “Watch Online” and choose “American English” to start the video in English. Of course, if you prefer, you can watch it in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.  

Back on the main page, click on “Details” so you can follow along by chapter: 

  • Chapter 1, Dimension Two – Learn or review what meridians and parallels are.
  • Chapter 2, Dimension Three – Mixes “elementary” math with imagination and philosophical elements.
  • Chapters 3 and 4, Fourth Dimension – Contains more difficult mathematical concepts. However, the viewer is encouraged to pause the film and consult a reference page for additional information. As the creators explain, “you can always sit back and enjoy the pictures!”
  • Chapters 5 and 6 – Contains an introduction to complex numbers that could also be used as a refresher course. As the designers explain, “If you know nothing about complex numbers, you should push the pause button as often as you like, and try to understand using the references that we propose. These chapters are the most ‘school-like’ of the film. To thank you for your efforts, chapter 6 ends with an amazing deep zoom scene.”
  • Chapters 7 and 8 – Get an introduction to the Hopf fibration. Again the film creators explain that even though it’s not beginner’s stuff, “it is quite pretty and deserves to be understood.”
  • Chapter 9 – Shows the proof of a theorem of geometry that is relatively “elementary.” As the designers explain, “Without proofs for theorems mathematics would not exist, and we wanted to make this very clear at the end of a film that is essentially about mathematical objects.”

Each lesson or “chapter” of the film is almost 14 minutes long. Watch it in segments or sit down and watch the whole thing in one sitting. You are encouraged to use it in a way that works for you “based on your interest, your prior knowledge on the subject, or simply on your mood of the moment!”

Free Educational Songs!

June 20th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, June 20, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Educational Songs

(www.education.com/songs/)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers almost 50 free songs that teach math and language arts. NOTE: You must join Education.com (for free) to access the activities.

The math topics include: 

  • Number Sense
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Measurement
  • Time
  • Data and Graphing
  • Geometry
  • Word Problems

The Language Arts topics include Reading, Writing and Grammar.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices. Scroll over the topic of interest to see the title, a short explanation, the grade level and topic. Click on the one you want and play the song!

Explore the Life and Work of M.C. Escher

June 19th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, June 19, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour: M.C. Escher – Life and Work

(https://www.nga.gov/features/slideshows/mc-escher-life-and-work.html)

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

 

The National Gallery of Art sponsors this site that offers a virtual tour of the artwork of M.C. Escher

If your students have studied math tessellations they may have been introduced to some of Escher’s work already – as he used patterns of interlocking forms and architectural mazes in his artwork. He also created unusual spatial effects by drawing a picture from different perspectives, for instance, looking up and down at the same time. Escher really contributed to the idea of metamorphosis drawing where one shape or object turns into something completely different. This tour offers examples of all of these aspects of his work and most kids will find the “morph” prints and drawings especially fascinating.

When you get to the site you can read the “Overview” for a biography and explanation of Escher’s work. Then click on the right arrow to view all of the many works in this virtual gallery. Each piece of art comes with a text explanation that helps the viewer to appreciate what they are looking at.

Read the Voyages of Henry Hudson!

June 18th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, June 18, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Life and Voyages of Henry Hudson

(http://www.ianchadwick.com/hudson/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

June 22nd commemorates the day English navigator and adventurer Henry Hudson, his teenage son, and 7 crew members were set adrift by mutineers during a failed expedition to find a fabled route to the Indies. They were never seen or heard from again. 


At this website, you can read a fascinating account of Hudson’s failed expedition to find the “Northwest Passage” as well as details about the mutiny, Hudson’s other voyages, his life as an explorer, and information on his times, contemporaries, and crew. This is a great way to integrate language arts with history and social studies!

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to learn about Hudson’s: 

  • Early Years to 1607
  • First Voyage – 1607
  • Second Voyage – 1608
  • Third Voyage – 1609
  • Fourth Voyage – 1610
  • Aftermath – 1611-on
  • Maps of Voyages
  • Hudson Family Tree

It is helpful to read this account in chronological order.  

Click on “Short Story” to read a piece of historical fiction about Hudson. It was written by Canadian writer Ian Chadwick, the creator of this website. He also offers a compilation of the “Sources & Links” he used to create this work. You can read his bio too.

There are also links to the author’s “Home” page and other websites, but we did not visit these pages, and they are not included in this review. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site, determine the suitability of the content, and supervise Internet use.

Learn How to Type for Free

June 17th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, June 17, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Typing.com

(www.typing.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a complete typing course (for beginners to advanced students) absolutely free! (Registration is recommended to save your progress.)

The program supports all major international keyboard formats, and displays key position and proper finger placement to help keep beginners from looking at their hands. In addition to practice exercises, there are several typing games that reinforce skills while they entertain.

Helpful tips are constantly provided to reinforce proper typing techniques. Typing tests are provided and students can track their progress with detailed graphs and statistics (if registered). As a student progresses, the program “learns” which keys cause the most difficulty and creates custom lessons focusing on the student’s top 5 most troublesome letters. When a student completes a lesson, they earn a virtual trophy.

As we mentioned, this program is ad-supported which is why it’s free. If you don’t want the ads displayed, there is a reasonable fee-option to remove the ads.

Learn all about Saturn and its Moons

June 16th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, June 16, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Solar System Exploration – Cassini

(solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/cassini/overview/)

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

 

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in July 2004 and, along with the European-built Huygens probe, opened a window into a world never seen before.

When arriving at the website, read the Overview to learn about Saturn and the Cassini mission, lasting over two decades. Make sure to scroll down to see the 10 Ways Cassini Mattered. Next, hover your mouse over the menu in the middle: 

  • The Journey – Timeline, Spacecraft, Grand Finale
  • Mission – The Saturn Tour has photos and videos.
  • Science – Learn about Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, and its tiny moon, Enceladus.
  • Galleries – Images, Videos, and more

After exploring all that this website has to offer, check out the “Kids” link under the “More” menu at the top for coloring pages and activities.

If you know someone interested in astronomy, particularly Saturn, this website is a down-to-earth resource for an out-of this world study.

Make Your Own Math Worksheets with Answers

June 15th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, June 15, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LocalHS.com – Math

(localhs.com/free/math/)

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

 

This website, owned by homeschooling parents, offers a FREE worksheet generator. Best of all, this worksheet generator also provides instant answer sheets for the quizzes you generate – available with just a click of your mouse.

When you get to the site, scroll down to:

  • Free Subtraction Worksheets
  • Free Addition Worksheets

Local Homeschool worksheet generators allow you to choose the parameters to create worksheets, timed tests, and practice sets. This worksheet generator creates worksheets with large numbers – even negative numbers. 

When you are done with the worksheet generators, check out “Learning Multiplication” on the left side bar to find some resources including multiplication games, worksheets, additional multiplication sites, and more!

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