Archive for the ‘government’ category

Free Foreign Language Courses

October 11th, 2014


It’s Saturday, October 11, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Foreign Service Institute


Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9 and up; children, with parental supervision)


Developed by the Foreign Service Institute, this website offers a large selection of public domain foreign language courses developed by the United States government. Each course provides a downloadable PDF student text and MP3 audio files that may be downloaded or listened to online. Some languages also include a workbook and an instructor’s manual. Languages to choose from include:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Cambodian
  • Cantonese
  • Chinese
  • Chinyanja
  • Czech
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Fula
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hausa
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Igbo
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kirundi
  • Kituba
  • Korean
  • Lao
  • Lingala
  • Luganda
  • Moré
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Shona
  • Sinhala
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Twi
  • Vietnamese
  • Yoruba
While the material for these courses is not fancy and a bit dated, there is a lot of educational value available in these courses for the motivated student.

Free Lessons on the Bill of Rights!

April 25th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, April 25, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Bill of Rights Institute

Age Range: 10-18 (Middle School and High School, with parental supervision)

This website delivers free lessons to help boost students’ knowledge of their constitutional rights and America’s founding principles. The lessons are delivered to your inbox in a free e-newsletter called, The Constitution Courier. Each lesson includes historical content, connections to real life, classroom activities, downloadable PDFs, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading.

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of the free lessons available and information on how to sign up to get them (simply enter your email address). The lessons cover a wide range of topics including:

*Being an American – Get lessons on The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. Bill of Rights.

*Current Events and the Constitution – Get a framework for discussing current events in context with history. Each month, students analyze how the Constitution applies to a specific issue or event on the local, state, or national level.

*Bill of Rights In The News – Focuses on issues making headlines that directly relate to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. It provides current online news articles, discussion questions, and related links and resources.

*Landmark Supreme Court Cases And The Constitution – Spotlights prominent United States Supreme Court Cases past and present and highlights key constitutional issues and controversies. 

*The Constitution and Religious Freedom – Explores the history and importance of religious liberty in the United States from the colonies to today. Focuses on historic individuals, landmark Supreme Court cases, student rights, and current issues related to this First Amendment protection.

*Election Resources – Learn about issues discussed during elections, with a focus on the First Amendment freedoms of speech and press.

*Presidents and the Constitution – Find out about the roles of the President including  Commander in Chief and Chief Executive Officer, and how the President responds to the office as it pertains to the Constitution.

When you are through signing up to get these terrific resources, explore the rest of the site. You’ll find free lessons from past newsletters in the archives that are designed to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

This is a great way to implement the advice issued by President John Adams in 1789: “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”


Congress for Kids 8-18

December 16th, 2010


Hi!  It’s Thursday, December 16th, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 4-12)

This website claims, “Learning about the federal government doesn’t have to be boring. Congress for Kids gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you.”

I totally agree. You’ll find terrific content written in engaging text accompanied by colorful illustrations, along with informative sidebars, facts, trivia, and suggested activities to further learning.

When you get to the website, use the menu to explore your options that include:

*Quizzes – Find out what you do or don’t know about the U.S. government.

*Independence – Learn about democracy, autocracy, the original 13 colonies, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation.

*Constitution – Take a trip back in time to discover how the Constitution was written, who signed it, and find out about the “Great Compromise.” Learn about the Bill of Rights, and Amendments to the Constitution.

*Legislative Branch – Explore the House of Representatives and the Senate and learn how laws are made and enacted.

*Executive Branch – Learn about the president’s job, the presidential cabinet, the president and Congress, impeachment, and even how the president has fun.

*Judicial Branch – Get help demystifying the role of the Supreme Court in government, and learn how the Justices are selected.
*Elections – Find out about the election process, voting, political parties, candidates, conventions, campaigning, the Electoral College, and more.

*Citizenship – Consider the actions and attitudes that constitute good citizenship.

When you’re done exploring these sections, try taking the quizzes again and see how much you retained.

Google’s Election Tools for Teachers

October 2nd, 2008

Recommended Website:
Google’s Election Tools for Teachers

Age Range: 5-18

ClickSchooling Reviewer Michael Hardt wrote today’s ClickSchooling Review. (Read Michael’s bio below.)

Google did a real favor to teachers who want to help their students learn about the election process. They assembled a bunch of their free, online tools and customized them for the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Students can enjoy an array of activities that enhance their knowledge of government and the election process.

This site is easy to browse by clicking the links in the text on the landing page. For example:

  • Click “National Student/Parent Mock Election” near the top of the screen and enroll your children to vote in a Mock Election on October 30th. Results will be tallied from schools participating nationwide. Enroll as a “Private” or “Other” school.

Then, in the menu box that starts with the heading “Explaining the Political Process”…

  1. Click “The Electoral College Map” to see which states voted “red” or “blue” in previous elections and which are “swing states” this year. Your children can click on the states to make them red or blue and predict how the states will vote.
  2. Click “YouTube YouChoose” under “Teaching about Issues and Candidates.” Watch the official YouTube videos released by the candidates.
  3. Click “In Quotes” under “Teaching about Issues and Candidates.” See side-by-side comparisons of candidates’ quotations on various issues.

After you click on any menu item, the screen on the right side of the menu box will change to display the content. Notice that the heading includes helpful small print stating recommended age-groups such as “recommended for all ages” or “recommended for Middleschoolers and up.”

There’s a lot more here if you poke around: histories of the candidates, links to news stories about them, how to send letters to them – and even how often people type their names into Google!

This site isn’t a single, coherent lesson. It’s a smorgasbord of different resources. They won’t all fit into your plans for Social Studies or Current Events, but I bet some will!

Michael Hardt and
Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


Michael Hardt is a homeschool dad to two children ages 8 and 9. He says his wife, Camille, does at least 90% of the teaching, but he tries to get involved where he can. :) The Hardt family lives in rural New Hampshire so Internet resources mean a lot to them. Michael used to teach college literature. Now, he manages an engineering team for a software company that makes digital maps. He has also worked as a software engineer on video game graphics at Sony and Electronic Arts. Michael wrote, “I play piano badly, and I still spend too much time browsing the Internet.” That’s good news for ClickSchoolers! You can read Michael’s blog “Family School” (with the subtitle, “Teaching strategies and family humor from inexperienced-but-trying, homeschooling parents”.


DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website – fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives.

Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

March 28th, 2002

Recommended Website:
Mysteries of Egypt

Today’s website was recommended by list member Mary Lough — and it is remarkable! When you get to the site you will see the main menu that includes:

  • Egyptian Civilization — contains an overview of the civilization and then offers a menu of information on specific aspects such as geography, architecture, government, religion, daily life, writing, sciences, timeline and glossary. Click on any of the topics and find even more links to pages of information illustrated with drawings and pictures and suggested activities.
  • Tutankhamun — learn all about the famous boy-king (whose tomb was discovered in 1922) including his life and times, the cause of his death, his funeral, his tomb, the treasures in his tomb, and the “Mummy’s Curse.”
  • Hapshepsut — was a woman pharaoh who ruled for 15 years from 1473 to 1458 B.C. Learn all about her life and times and you can even act out a play that reveals some of the mysteries of Egypt — the scripts are available at the site!
  • VR Gallery — Take a virtual tour of the tomb of Tutankhamun (you may have to download free Cosmoplayer 2.0 to take the tour). You can also see virtual movies of some Egyptian artifacts!
  • Egyptian Exhibits — take a virtual tour through the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s exhibit called “Mysteries of Egypt.”

This site is very user-friendly. It is beautifully designed with extraordinary photos, illustrations, text, and interesting activities. Allow plenty of time to investigate this site with your kids.