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Basic Guide To Essay Writing

May 15th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 15, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

(lklivingston.tripod.com/essay/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers basic instruction in how to write an essay in a simple, easy-to-follow format.

The simple steps are: 

  • Decide on your topic
  • Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas
  • Write your thesis statement
  • Write the body
  • Write the introduction
  • Write the conclusion
  • Add the finishing touches

There is a great sample of a well-written essay at this site as well.

Another feature at this site are the links to other Internet resources for writing, grammar, bibliographies, research credits, study aids, and writing tutors – this is a comprehensive list and every link we tried was well worth the visit.

Free Spanish Lessons and Games

May 4th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, May 4, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

OnlineFreeSpanish

(www.onlinefreespanish.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers engaging, FREE, introductory Spanish lessons for children and their parents that includes games, activities, printable coloring pages, and worksheets!

When you get to the site you’ll see currently featured activities, followed by an icon menu that includes: 

  • Levels 1-4 – Enjoy Spanish lessons that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, parts of the human face, fruits, pets, bugs, geometrical shapes, holidays, and more. Click on any level, then any lesson icon and a new page opens where you can watch an animated video lesson. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the correct pronunciation of words as they come up on the screen.
  • Print – Choose from an assortment of fun printable materials that reinforce learning the lessons. There’s a picture dictionary, word search puzzle, and coloring pages of farm animals, fruits, bugs, numbers, and more.
  • Tablets – Content for iPad and Android tablets that teach Spanish numbers, colors, and so much more.

Back on the home page, you’ll find the Spanish Word of the Day and Today’s Date. Then scroll further down to find the interactive games listed by category. You can also sign up to receive the free newsletter that will keep you updated on “new activities and games, tips, and other free cool stuff.”

Free Interactive Writing Prompts & Lessons

May 1st, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WritingFix

(writingfix.com/)

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

 

This website provides all kinds of free, interactive writing prompts, lessons, and resources designed to inspire a passion for writing

As explained at the site, it has “strategically designed lessons to help ‘fix’ teachers who don’t enjoy teaching writing.”

It was designed for classroom teachers and students, but can be easily adapted for use in the homeschool environment. There is so much content at this site, that a brief review can hardly do it justice. So, we’ll focus on a few aspects, and leave it to you to explore the rest on your own.

The first thing you should know is that there is a lot going on at this site – so much so, that it can be a little overwhelming. Our advice is to visit the site when you really have some time to sort through what’s available. There is both “free content” and some “fee content” on the site. 

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and some featured items. Place your cursor over the menu on the left to see the drop-down list of options for each menu item that includes: 

  • Writing Prompts – Get a variety of quick and easy prompts for kids that will inspire daily writing. Most are interactive that require you to fill in blanks or click on buttons to generate some ideas.
  • Mentor Text Lessons – Get free writing lessons for grades K-12 themed around picture books, chapter books, literature excerpts, poetry, short stories, and even popular song lyrics!
  • And so much more!

As we mentioned, there is much more available for you to review on your own. It may be easier to just sign up to have the FREE writing lesson emailed to you each month. To do that, click on the link under “Free Monthly Lessons” on the left margin of the homepage.

Free Writing Tutorials

April 10th, 2019

It’s Wednesday, April 10, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fact Monster: Homework Center-Writing

(www.factmonster.com/homework/writingskills1.html)

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

 

 Here you will find free writing tutorials on topics from basic sentence structure to paragraphs, essays, book reports, biographies, research papers, and term papers. The tutorials are delivered through simple-to-read text that include clear and instructive samples.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of items to browse including:

  • Essays – Learn how to select a topic, organize your ideas, write a first draft, revise the work, and proofread the final draft.
  • Writing Different Types of Essays – Learn how to structure your writing for Narrative, Descriptive, Persuasive, Cause and effect, and Comparison and Contrast Essays.
  • How to Write a Biography
  • How to Write a Book Report
  • How to Write a Research Paper – Learn to select a topic, discover how to research to find sources of information, take notes, organize ideas, write a first draft, revise, proofread, and use footnotes and endnotes. Plagiarism is defined here as well.
  • How to Write a Letter – Includes instruction on personal letters, thank you notes, a letter of complaint and more.
  • How to Write a Speech – Find out how to write speeches that inform, persuade, and entertain.
  • Spelling & Grammar – Includes lessons on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, sentence structure, parts of speech, subject and predicate, dangling modifiers, mixed metaphors, split infinitives, and more.

This is a great reference website not only for writing, but for every subject. Look around and you’ll see what we mean. Make it a “favorite” to return often.

Free Spring Poems with Activities

March 27th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, March 27, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK: Spring Poetry

(dltk-holidays.com/spring/poem/index.htm)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades PreK-5 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Spring has sprung! The return of longer and warmer days, and the rebirth of flora and fauna has inspired poets for ages.

This website offers a selection of over 35 poems about spring by a variety of authors including Mother Goose, A.A. Milne, William Wordsworth, and Robert Frost. 

Most poems are accompanied by an audio recording so you can hear the poem being read aloud. And every poem has a free printable activity page to go with it.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of poem titles including: 

  • Daffodowndilly by A.A. Milne
  • Little Seeds by Else Holmelund Minarik
  • A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost
  • And many more!

Simply click on a title of interest and a new page opens with the poem text. Below the poem, you’ll see a box that says, “Play.” Click on it to hear the poem being recited. You’ll also find a sample of the activity sheet to the right of the poem. You can print out the full sheet in color, or print it in black and white and use it as a coloring page.

Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese – FREE

March 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 23, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyChineseLessons

(www.mychineselessons.com/chinese-lesson-index-p01.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a kid-friendly format that claims to make learning Chinese easy and fun.

When you get to the site, you can start on Lesson 1, or view the “Lesson Index” to view the choices including: 

  • Hello! How Are You?
  • Numbers and Counting
  • Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday
  • Let’s Eat!
  • and more.

Each lesson explains how to draw the character and has helpful hints on how to memorize it. 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.”

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