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Kentucky Farms Feed Me Virtual Field Trips

July 11th, 2014


It’s Friday, July 11, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Kentucky Farms Feed Me


Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)


Discover the world of farming in Kentucky with this wonderful series of video virtual field trips. Funded by the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and Kentucky Small Grain Growers Associations, this website strives to bring the farms and farmers of Kentucky into the comfort of your classroom and to promote agricultural education. The videos are presented from a child’s perspective and range in length from 5 to 12 minutes. Video selections currently include: 
  • Celebrating Our Farms at the Kentucky State Fair
  • Did You Eat Your Veggies Today?
  • Apples are Awesome!
  • Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat. Oh, My!
  • The Beef on Cattle Farms
  • Kentucky, The Poultry State?
  • From Pig to Pork
  • Milk, Cheese, and Ice Cream Please

In addition to watching the videos, visitors can also submit questions via a form on the video page and farmers and experts will email a response. If a question and the answer is deemed to have educational value, it is posted to the video page to help others. Also on each video page, on the left hand sidebar, you will find more information about the field trip as well as links to lesson plans and activities and additional YouTube videos about the subject.

Virtual Tour of Old Sturbridge Village, MA

November 15th, 2013

Hi! It’s Friday, November 15, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Old Sturbridge Village

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

Take a free virtual tour of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. This is the companion website to one of the country’s largest living history museums where a staff of historians in costume reenact village life.

As explained at the website, the museum has “59 historic buildings on 200 acres, three authentic water-powered mills and two covered bridges. Visitors can ride in a stagecoach, view antiques, heirloom gardens, meet the farm animals, and take part in hands-on crafts year-round.”

The website offers the opportunity to explore this living history museum without leaving home.  When you get to the website, click on the map to take a photographic tour of the museum that is accompanied by text explanations of the exhibits that include:

*Friends Meetinghouse: Members of the Society of Friends were also called Quakers and had a distinctive way of life.   

*Tin Shop: In the 1830s, tinware shops competed successfully with pottery stores.   

*Salem Towne House: This Federal-style dwelling was the home of a prosperous farmer.      

*Printing Office: Rural printing offices produced books, broadsides, bills, and pamphlets.   

*Cider Mill: Cider mills used horsepower to press apples into cider, the region’s favorite domestic beverage.   

When you’re through taking the tour, use the menu on the left to learn more – and get some old-time recipes for Potted Cheese, Gourd Soup, and Marlborough Pudding.

See How Carnival Foods Are Made!

August 9th, 2013

Hi! It’s Friday, August 9, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Fun Carnival Foods

Age Range: 8 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

I went to the County Fair this summer and was intrigued by the long lines of people waiting to purchase Funnel Cakes, Cotton Candy, Sno-Kones, Churros, Caramel Apples, and more. I didn’t have the patience to stand in line to indulge in a treat, but I did find a website that offers video demonstrations of how these popular treats are made.

When you get to the site click on the clown to enter the site. A new page opens where you can read all about Funnel Cakes and watch a video of how they are made. 

Then, to see how other carnival foods are made, simply click on the names of the foods on the menu that is on the left side of the page.


Free Listen-And-Read Books from Scholastic!

September 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, September 5, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: Teachers – Listen and Read

Age Range: 4-10 (For emerging and beginning readers, with parental supervision.)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this resource from Scholastic, where you can enjoy over 50 non-fiction, read-along books (covering a variety of school subjects) that are accompanied by images and audio narration. There are even activities and/or quizzes at the end of each book to help the reader review what has been learned.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the online book titles. The first 8 books on the menu are about careers that kids are often curious about including a Veterinarian, Pediatrician, and Fire Fighter. Then the rest of the books are divided into subject areas that include:

  • Animals– Arctic Fox, Panda Bear, Bats, Frogs, Alligators, Nocturnal Animals, etc.
  • Science–  Explore Tide Pools, Weather and Meteorology
  • Environmental Studies– Includes the stories in the science section plus books on apples, trees, and Earth Day celebrations.
  • Social Studies/History/Government & Civics  – These 3 sections offer the same online books for kids to  learn about the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Presidents, Pilgrims, and Native Americans.

Click on any story and a new page opens where you can start reading the book, one page at a time. Each page is accompanied by an engaging photograph or illustration, and the option to click “Listen” to hear a narrator read the words on the page.  Just follow the arrows to read the entire book.

At the end of the book you’ll find a simple quiz or activity that reviews the vocabulary words or simple concepts and information learned in the stories. Once you do the activity, you can advance to the next book. You can skip the activity, if desired, and move on to the next book by simply returning to the main menu.

Amazing, Engaging Math Videos and More!

January 10th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Monday, January 10, 2011 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!
Recommended Website:
Vi Hart

Age Range: All (As always, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.)

Vi Hart calls herself a “recreational mathemusician.” She writes and performs music and integrates it with her hobby which is “mathematics with special interests in symmetry, polyhedra, and surreal complexity.”  Her website offers engaging videos that illustrate fascinating ways to think about and use math.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of recent posts to her blog. At the time of this review, there is a terrific video that offers a new rendition of a classic Christmas carole called, The 12 Days of Christmath. Don’t miss it! :)

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore Vi’s work including:

*Math Doodling: Enjoy a series of delightful videos that emphasize the joy and benefit of doodling in math class.

*Mathematical Food: Slice apples into platonic solids or arrange candy corn into Sierpinski’s Triangle.

*Balloons: Make a tetrahedron with balloons.

*Paper Instruments: Make working musical instruments out of paper including a recorder, didgeridoo, flute, xylophone, and more!

*Music Box: Make a music box with a mobius strips.

*Beadwork: Have fun making hyerbolic beadwork.

You can also listen to Vi’s musical compositions, and read her papers that include:

  • Symmetry and Transformations in the Musical Plane
  • Computational Balloon Twisting: The Theory of Balloon Polyhedra
  • Using Binary Numbers in Music

Vi also offers a weekly podcast called, Storia: Fantastic Fiction and Magical Music. As explained at the website, “Each episode is written, composed, and performed by Vi Hart. Most stories are kid friendly (but check the description).”

And for Harry Potter fans, there are excerpts from Vi’s original classical composition, Harry Potter Septet, that includes seven movements, seven voices, inspired by the seven-book Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

NOTE: There is a lot of content on the site, and I was not able to review it all. Because it is not specifically designed for children, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own kids.

Virtual Tour – See How Apple Cider Is Made

September 3rd, 2010

Hi!  It’s Friday, September 3, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Weaver’s Orchard: Cider Press Virtual Tour

Age Range:  About 8 and up  (non-readers will need assistance)

September is apple-picking time!  This website offers a free, very brief virtual tour to see how apple cider is made.

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with a text explanation of what you’re viewing. To the left of the picture you’ll see a small menu. Click on the arrows above the menu to see each picture in the virtual tour that includes information on:

  • Grinding the apples
  • Preparing the cider press
  • Pressing the apples to make cider
  • Bottling the cider

When you’re through with the tour, click on the “Photo Gallery” and click on the arrows to see a variety of pictures of Weaver’s Orchard in every season.