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Free Literature Study Guides & More!

June 25th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, June 25, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:




Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children, with parental supervision)


This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a menu of free online study guides in a variety of subject categories. You can read most of the Study Guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. To give you an idea of what you can expect in the field of Language Arts, you’ll find: 

  • Literature – A stunning array of free study guides for book titles spanning from “Across Five Aprils” to “Walden.” Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading.
  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analyses of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.
  • Writing – A remarkable grammar glossary with easy-to-find answers on everything from proper usage of commas and semicolons to superlatives and more.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Language Arts! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

Children’s Literature Arts & Crafts!

November 6th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, November 6, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!  

Recommended Website:

DLTK’s Children’s Book Breaks

Age Range:  3-10 (for pre-readers and early readers)  

This is a massive arts and crafts website that offers free coloring pages and craft activities that correlate with children’s literature including books, fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes. It’s a great way to extend the learning (and the fun!) after you read a story with your child.  

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that includes:  

  • Aesop’s Fables  
  • Arthur  
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?  
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog  
  • Curious George  
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie  
  • Nursery Rhymes  
  • Stone Soup  
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar  ~ and many more!  

Click on any title and a new page opens where you’ll find printable coloring pages of the book characters and scenes, as well as craft activities such as instructions and printable templates for making puppets, felt board characters, story sequencing cards, and art projects of all kinds.  

Be sure to click on:  

*Book Report Ideas – Get free templates for making a book report and a diorama.  

*Home Made School Journals – Access free instructions and templates on how to make your own personalized journals and diaries.  

*Mini Books – Find an amazing array of printable alphabet stories, bible stories, holiday stories, and some themed stories. You can also print out templates for making custom stories that are all about your child.  

This site offers fun ways to enhance learning through blending reading, writing, and art!    

History of Early Britsh Kingdoms!

August 22nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, August 22, 2013, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Early British Kingdoms

Age Range: 5-18 (Approximately, with parental guidance.)

This website provides the history of the rise of Celtic nations and kingdoms (in what is now England and Scotland) after the end of the Roman occupation in the Dark Ages. It’s divided into two parts:

1) The main site is for older students about ages 11 and up (grades 6-12) and beyond. Use the link above to access the main site.

2) There is also a section especially for kids ages 5-10 (grades K-5) that you can access through an alternate link that is posted below.

When you get to the main site you’ll see a menu of topics including:

*Kingdoms – Learn the history and timeline of the early kingdoms and explore maps of the territories they occupied.

*Arthur – A terrific account of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and the many engaging legends.

*Archaeology – See the ruins of ancient castles, abbeys, and churches and virtually examine artifacts.

*Saints – Read the biographies of Celtic saints, and learn about their gifts and sacrifices.

*Adversaries – Learn about ancient warring Celtic tribes.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu that allows you to explore the topic in depth through text, illustrations, and pictures.

As mentioned above, just for youngsters, the site offers a Kids Page here:

Early British Kingdoms for Kids   

Fun, cartoon art illustrates the answers to questions about:

  • The Dark Ages
  • Why the Romans left Britain
  • Britons, Saxons, Scots, and Picts
  • King Arthur, the Sword in the Stone, and Arthurian legend
  • Other Famous Kings
  • Minstrels
  • Saints, Monks & Nuns
  • Life in Farms, Villages, and Towns
  • Christianity and Pagans
  • Runes
  • Weapons
  • Treasures

And much more! You’ll even find printable coloring pages!


Virtual Tour of Sherlock Holmes Museum

May 11th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Friday, May 11, 2012 and time for a Virtual FieldTrip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Sherlock Holmes Museum

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

According to the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, detective Sherlock Holmes lived in a Victorian house at 221b Baker Street in London, England. The house is real and still exists today. It was built in 1815 and is now a museum dedicated to the life and times of Sherlock Holmes.

At this website, you can take a quick virtual tour of Sherlock Holmes’ study that has been faithfully maintained for posterity exactly as described in the published stories. See his armchair by the fireplace and his trademark calabash pipe, along with his magnifying glass, violin, chemistry equipment, and  notebook.

When you get to the site, look for the menu on the left side of the home page. Click on the first item that says, “Museum Tour.”  A new page opens with an introduction to the tour. Just click on the arrows to see the entire presentation. 

This is a virtual tour that is sure to intrigue fans of the Sherlock Holmes mystery series!


Mysteries for Kids!

March 30th, 2011

Hi! It’s Wednesday, March 30, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
MysteryNet’s Kids Mysteries

Age Range: 8-13 (approximately, with parental supervision)

If you love a good mystery story, you’ll enjoy this website that offers several interactive mystery stories for kids to read and solve, along with an archive of mystery stories written for kids by kids.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Solve-It – Read a short mystery story containing clues. Follow the clues to solve the mystery. If you’re stumped, the solutions are readily available. This section contains an archive of “Solve-It” mysteries that will entertain you for hours. 

*Quick-Solve – This offers just one short mystery case that kids can try and solve. Then, it explains how the character in the story solved the mystery for comparison to your own strategy.

*Mysteries By Kids – Read the winning mystery stories submitted by kids during a contest conducted by this website. There are about 20 stories to enjoy.

You’ll also find complete instructions on how to perform a magic trick!

This is part of the larger MysteryNet website that offers extensive information on famous mystery fiction detectives from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Perry Mason and Hercule Poirot.

You’ll also find the biographies of great mystery writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner, Mickey Spillane, and R.L. Stine, to name a few.

If you have older students, you may want to peruse the main site for the resources and information it offers. Of particular interest is the Mystery Time Line that explains the evolution of mystery fiction, and the authors and characters that define this genre.

If you read a mystery with your kids, you can then visit the Mystery Time Line to find out more about the author. Or visit the timeline to get a feel for the kinds of characters and storylines used by certain authors — and then select one of their mystery stories to read. Either way, the site will enhance your appreciation of a good mystery!

Language Arts Games – Adjectives & More!

February 9th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, February 9th, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
PBS: Interactive Language Arts Games

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, non-readers will need assistance)

PBS offers a collection of interactive, fun Language Arts games that enhance learning. The activities are themed around PBS shows such as Between The Lions, Curious George, Super Why, Sesame Street, and Arthur.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that teach about topics such as:

  • Adjectives
  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Rhymes
  • Spelling
  • Synonyms
  • Vocabulary

Click on any one and a new page opens where the game begins. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the narrations and sound effects. When you’re through with the Language Arts games, you may also enjoy the Math, Arts, and Social Sciences games.  The nice thing about this PBS site, is that all of the games are age-appropriate, vetted by educators, and there isn’t any advertising.

If you’re children enjoy those games, they may also enjoy:

All About Adjectives – This very brief interactive game helps kids learn about adjectives through a few simple exercises. Non-readers will need assistance. 

If your children want to know more about adjectives try visiting this website for some great OFFLINE ideas:

Adjectives: A Unit Study for Valentine’s Day – This ad-supported site offers a variety of engaging activities that you can do at home (offline) on Valentine’s Day (or any day) to help your children learn about adjectives. Because this site is ad-supported, parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling