Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Summer Reading Programs with Freebies for Kids

June 24th, 2020

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.

Learn How to Type for Free

June 17th, 2020

 

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.

Children’s and Young Adult Books – Summer Reading Programs

June 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, June 3, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Summer Reading 2020

(www.thoughtco.com/childrens-books-4133216)

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

 

If you haven’t checked it out, ThoughtCo is a wonderful resource for just about anything you can imagine. Today is Language Arts day and we want to spotlight the Children’s and Young Adult Books – Summer Reading Programs 2020.

When you get to the site you’ll see either a list or an article including: 

  • High Interest-Low Reading Level Books for Reluctant Readers
  • Top 10 Fun Books for History Lovers
  • Modern Fairy Tales for Teen Girls
  • 8 Children’s Books That Make Great Graduation Gifts
  • The 10 Best Summer Reading List for Teen Boys of 2020
  • Interesting Facts About Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Half Price Books Summer Reading Program for Kids
  • And so much more!

Find more resources on the left side bar. There is a lot here – return often to get the full benefit.

Free Human-Read Audio Books

May 27th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Librivox

(tinyurl.com/jvgbw8v)

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

 

Now that the weather outside is getting nicer here in the Northern Hemisphere, send the kids outside with some audio books! They can perch in a tree, skip rope, start a garden, have a little picnic, or even play hopscotch while listening to these wonderful classics.

Or keep a supply of titles handy for those days when you’re unable to read to them. With hundreds of completed works listed under the “Children’s Fiction” or “Children’s Non-Fiction”categories, there is more than an entire year’s worth of bedtime stories and read-alouds here, including the works of such well-known authors as: 

  • Aesop (Fables)
  • Alcott, Louisa May (Eight CousinsLittle Women, etc.)
  • Baum, L. Frank (Oz books)
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson (Little Lord FauntleroyLittle PrincessSecret Garden, etc.)
  • Carroll, Lewis (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, etc.)
  • Collodi, Carlo (Adventures of Pinocchio, available in English and Italian!)
  • And many, many more.

Click any title to see a brief synopsis before downloading/listening. But that’s not all! Parents may like to browse the other categories as well: 

  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Biography
  • History
  • Spy Stories
  • Teen/Young Adult
  • and many others

This site can be searched for a specific book by title and author as well.

Note: There is an overlap between these books and the ones you would find in Project Gutenberg or Archive.org. This is because Librivox allows both of these sites to house their entire collection of completed works. However, Librivox maintains the best-catalogued and most easily searchable list of these titles. Also, only Librivox itself includes a brief synopsis for each completed title, lists the works currently in progress, allows you to request email notification upon completion of desired books in progress, allows you to request specific titles, and allows you to participate in the recording and editing process and their lively forum as well.

Additional Note: This review focuses on the “Children’s” books. The rest of this site is not specifically geared for children, so parental preview and guidance is, as always, advised. Books are continually being added to this collection, so bookmark it and return often.

NOTE: As always, parents should help select material appropriate for each child.

Free, Daily, Current Events Lesson Plans

May 20th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 20, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The New York Times: The Learning Network

(www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-activities-for-students)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

The New York Times offers free lesson plans, writing prompts, activities for students and more – all based on The New York Times journalism.

When you get to the site you will see Activities for Students: 

  • Writing Prompts – Student Opinion Questions and Picture Prompts
  • Articles & Questions – Articles of the Day, Teenagers in the Times, and STEM Articles
  • Quizzes & Crosswords – Weekly News Quiz, Word of the Day, Country of the Week, and Student Crosswords
  • Multimedia – What’s Going on in this Picture?, Film Club, and What’s Going on in this Graph?
  • Contests – The 11th Annual Summer Reading Contest starts June 12.

You can access the news stories for free, and no registration is required.

Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation Resources

May 13th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ThoughtCo. – English

(https://www.thoughtco.com/english-4688281)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you haven’t checked it out, ThoughtCo. is a wonderful resource for just about anything you can imagine. It is “one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online.”

Today we are focusing on Language Arts. When you get to the website, you have a choice of English Grammar or Writing. There are lists and articles including: 

  • How to Choose the Right Word
  • 13 of the Longest Words in the English Language
  • The Most Beautiful-Sounding Words in English
  • A Guide to Deep Reading
  • 11 Quick Tips to Improve Your Writing
  • Guidelines for Using Capital Letters
  • 4 Rules for Using Commas Effectively
  • How To Organize a Descriptive Paragraph

And so much more!

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