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FREE Online Magazine For Kids

March 13th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, March 13, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Bunk Room

(www.thebunkroom.com/)

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

 

Here is a FREE online magazine written entirely by kids for kids called “The Bunk Room.”

The magazine, designed for kids ages 8-18, was started by two brothers who took the initiative to create their own newspaper one night, in their bunk beds (hence, the name) – while they were supposed to be sleeping.

Their mother, who has a publishing background, helped them turn their creation into an online magazine. The boys’ two sisters got in on the act as well. Mom and Dad supervise and help manage the endeavor.

“The Bunk Room” is a publication you can subscribe to, but you can read an issue on the website (scroll down a bit and on the right, there is a small box above “Sign Up for Email Updates.” Click on the middle of that box to open the issue in full-screen mode.)

Back on the home page, click on “In Box” to submit content from kid contributors (with parental/guardian/teacher approval, of course). Some suggested topics are: 

  • Day To Day
  • Road Trip
  • Future Life
  • Summer Camps
  • Good Deeds
  • Poem Corner
  • and more!

Articles can be anywhere from about 150-400 words.

“The Bunk Room” is a fun read for kids – and their quest for kid contributors is sure to inspire your family’s writers, poets, and artists.

Free French Lessons

March 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 2, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn French with Pascal

(www.frenchspanishonline.com/french.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this ad-supported website, visitors can learn some French!

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • French Vocabulary by Theme – Choose from many topics such as greetings, numbers, prepositions, food, locations, and much more.
  • French Grammar – Learn verb tenses, moods, agreement, voice, articles, pronouns, adjectives, questions, and more.
  • Basic French with Recorder – This is for beginners to learn some basics. There is even a built-in recorder to check your pronunciation of the vocabulary.
  • French Pronunciation Tips – The videos here are presented in the form of video blog posts.

(Please note that while we have reviewed this website, we have not examined the external links that may appear on the learning pages. As always, parents should preview and supervise their children’s online activities.)

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.”

Free Spanish Proficiency Exercises

January 19th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 19, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

(www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site features a dozen or more free lessons for each of SIX levels of proficiency in Spanish – everything from Beginning to Superior!

When you get to the site, you will see an introduction that explains this unique program. The lessons are listed by level in a horizontal menu bar near the top of the page. Place your cursor over the level on the menu bar and a drop-down menu displays each lesson in that proficiency level. Click on the lesson and a new page opens.

In each lesson, there is one simplified video interview, plus video interviews of FIVE native speakers using the grammar and vocabulary for that lesson. The five native speakers could be from Spain, Mexico, Central America or South America. While the video is playing, the captions can be set to Spanish, English, or None. The videos are also available as podcasts for anywhere viewing by iPod. 

Unlike most traditional textbooks, this website does not include worksheets or quizzes. However, relevant vocabulary, phrases, and grammar are available in the menu located in the right-hand column of each lesson page. There are plenty of videos to watch without the captions if you wish to practice your comprehension skills!

The entire site can be navigated by means of the “site index” in the upper right corner if you prefer.

Fun with Homonyms & More

January 9th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Homonym Game

(homonymgame.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

 

This site is a hoot! A father named Dave and his six-year-old son Isaac collaborated to create this free game to challenge your knowledge of homonyms, homophones, and puns

As explained at the website, “Homonyms are words with the same sound and spelling but different meanings. Homophones are words with the same sound but different spellings and meanings. Puns are homonyms and homophones that are funny.”

When you get to the site, look at the pictures and read the rhymes for clues to guess the right homonym, homophone, or word that solves each puzzle. The original illustrations are pure whimsy, and the rhymes are pretty “punny.”

We tried about 12 or 13 puzzles for this review. We are not sure how many are there in total, so if you visit the site and get to the end, let us know how many are there. 

To learn more about the creators, Dave and Isaac, you can scroll down to the “About This Site” section on any page. And you can even submit your own puns.

This is just too cute for words. Maybe it will inspire you and your kids to design some entertaining learning games too.

Boost Your Vocab & Feed the Hungry

January 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 2, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freerice

(www.freerice.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers you the opportunity to boost your vocabulary and help end world hunger.

For each word you get correct in the online vocabulary quiz, 10 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations World Food Program to help feed the hungry. The best explanation of the concept comes directly from the website:


Freerice has two goals: 

    1. Provide education to everyone for free.
    2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.
 
Freerice has a custom database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. There are words appropriate for people just learning English and words that will challenge the most scholarly professors.
 
Freerice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.
 
If you have more questions, check out the FAQs at the website. This is an ingeneous idea and it’s lots of fun to participate.

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