Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Printing, Cursive, & Grammar for Kids

August 19th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, August 19, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Handwriting For Kids

(www.handwritingforkids.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5 approximately, with parental guidance)

 

This ad-supported website offers free lessons and practice worksheets for learning how to print, write in cursive, and learn English grammar. (It also offers instruction and worksheets for learning arithmetic.)

When you get to the website you will see an introduction, and a menu on the left side of the screen that includes: 

  • Manuscript – Learn to print by tracing letters of the alphabet, words, and sentences using the free worksheet variations available here.
  • Cursive – Learn cursive writing by tracing first, and then writing independently. Free printable worksheets of individual letters, words, and complete sentences are provided for practice.
  • English – Use the free lessons and worksheets to learn grammar, including nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions.
  • Mathematics – You’ll find a selection of interactive math lessons, worksheets, and drill games.

You’ll also find links to further resources, Spanish worksheets, Biblically-themed handwriting and cursive worksheets, and a flash card making tool.

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you’ll find the lessons and worksheets. The layout isn’t always crystal clear – but if you just click on a couple of items, you’ll figure out how best to use this site quickly.

Free Literature & Author Quizzes

August 12th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, August 12, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Literature Network

(www.online-literature.com/author_index.php)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free biographies and literature including stories, books, and articles by a variety of authors from A to Z.

You’ll find a searchable collection of prominent works, along with fun quizzes that test your biographical knowledge of your favorite authors.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an alphabetical list of authors names including: 

  • Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
  • Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice)
  • James M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
  • Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
  • F. Scott Fizgerald (The Great Gatsby)
  • Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows)
  • Homer (The Odyssey)
  • Herman Melville (Moby Dick)
  • Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)
  • William Shakespeare
  • Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
  • Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Jules Verne (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea)

Click on any name and a new page opens with the author’s biography, a collection of their works (many that you can read online), and a challenging interactive quiz.

[ClickSchooling] Free Crash Course in English Literature

August 7th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, August 5, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Crash Course – Literature

(https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOeEc9ME62zTfqc0h6Pe8vb)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Best-selling author of young adult fiction, John Green, offers this free video mini-series, “Crash Course in English Literature” that revs up interest and understanding of classic literature for the high school age crowd.

With manic enthusiasm, he hurtles through plots, characters, writing styles, trivia, and jokes (that will make you groan) – all punctuated with colorful pictures, illustrations, doodles and more.

When you get to the YouTube site, you’ll see a menu of the current videos in the series including: 

  • How and Why We Read
  • Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet
  • Was Gatsby Great? – The Great Gatsby
  • Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye
  • Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Each video course provides knowledge about the literature in a way that really speaks to those who are resistant to it. Green uses funny analogies, quips, gimmicks, and references to pop culture to provide an analysis of the literature that makes it more understandable for today’s teen.

Note to Parents: John Green does address mature adult topics in these literary works. As always, parents should preview the videos to determine suitability of content

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.

Free Educational Songs!

June 20th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, June 20, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Educational Songs

(www.education.com/songs/)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers almost 50 free songs that teach math and language arts. NOTE: You must join Education.com (for free) to access the activities.

The math topics include: 

  • Number Sense
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Measurement
  • Time
  • Data and Graphing
  • Geometry
  • Word Problems

The Language Arts topics include Reading, Writing and Grammar.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices. Scroll over the topic of interest to see the title, a short explanation, the grade level and topic. Click on the one you want and play the song!

Read the Voyages of Henry Hudson!

June 18th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, June 18, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Life and Voyages of Henry Hudson

(http://www.ianchadwick.com/hudson/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

June 22nd commemorates the day English navigator and adventurer Henry Hudson, his teenage son, and 7 crew members were set adrift by mutineers during a failed expedition to find a fabled route to the Indies. They were never seen or heard from again. 


At this website, you can read a fascinating account of Hudson’s failed expedition to find the “Northwest Passage” as well as details about the mutiny, Hudson’s other voyages, his life as an explorer, and information on his times, contemporaries, and crew. This is a great way to integrate language arts with history and social studies!

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to learn about Hudson’s: 

  • Early Years to 1607
  • First Voyage – 1607
  • Second Voyage – 1608
  • Third Voyage – 1609
  • Fourth Voyage – 1610
  • Aftermath – 1611-on
  • Maps of Voyages
  • Hudson Family Tree

It is helpful to read this account in chronological order.  

Click on “Short Story” to read a piece of historical fiction about Hudson. It was written by Canadian writer Ian Chadwick, the creator of this website. He also offers a compilation of the “Sources & Links” he used to create this work. You can read his bio too.

There are also links to the author’s “Home” page and other websites, but we did not visit these pages, and they are not included in this review. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site, determine the suitability of the content, and supervise Internet use.

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