Posts Tagged ‘audio books’

It’s National Library Week!

April 16th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)


April 13 – 19 is National Library week! The Public Library offers a lot of opportunities for its members. You can read books for free (there is only a charge if books are returned late, not returned at all, or returned with substantial damage). They also offer books on tape, books on CD, large print books, downloadable audio books and even DVDs and videos with closed captioning. There is a virtual plethora of information on just about any subject that you can imagine with resources for every age group. They have help and resources for parents and caregivers and typically offer tremendous children’s programs. Everything from preschooler’s story time, author events and Summer Reading programs for all ages to homework help and study and research groups can be found. In addition, your public library typically hosts community events like charity drives and classes such as computer, crafts and literature and much, more; all for free or very reasonable fees. The library usually will have meeting rooms available for use and will host a number of programs and meetings for private and public companies that are offered for free and are open to the public.


This week, Education World provides five lessons that focus on library skills. Take advantage of these free activities to help your readers excel in the library:


Mapping the Library – Help students compare your school library with another library (a virtual library Web site is provided as one possibility). Use those observations to create a map of your school library that can serve as a guide for others. (Grades Pre-K-5)


Huey and Louie Meet Dewey – Exercise library organization skills using a worksheet that invites students to come to the aid of two rambunctious students in the school library. (Grades 3-8)


Save the Library! – Students learn about the many resources a library offers, then write an essay to help save the library from budget cuts or, worse yet, closure! (Grades 3-8)


Alphabetize for a Reason – Show students how to organize information by using the alphabet. (Grades K-5)


Library Scavenger Hunt – Introduce students to library resources and research. (Grades 6-12)


Education World is a massive and amazing website for educators – with all kinds of Internet based lesson plans and activities themed around specific subjects and holidays. Just go to the site, type a topic into the search engine, and you will be rewarded with many links to websites that provide information, resources, lessons, curriculum, activities – everything your teaching heart could desire. We’ve featured pages within the Ed World site before at ClickSchoolingYou can create a complete unit study with the resources provided at the site, or just try a few of the suggested activities.


This ad supported website does a great job of making free, internet-based curriculum and educational resources available to teachers and parent-educators and National Library Week is just one of many thousands of topics offered at the site. Because the site is so large and because web addresses change so quickly you will occasionally find dead links but overall it is well-maintained. Bookmark it – you’ll want to return here often.

Free Audio Literature for K-12!

March 13th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, March 13, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

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Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)

The University of South Florida provides this extensive collection of free audio books to help teachers of grades K-12, present literature in the classroom. Each audio book includes a reading level based on the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level index.

As explained at the website, “The Flesch-Kincaid formula considers the average number of words per sentence, average sentence length, and the average number of syllables per word within a given passage in order to estimate the complexity of the text. The formula then converts that complexity level into a score that roughly equates with a grade level (K-12) in the United States.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, some featured audio books, and a menu where you can browse for audio literature by:

*Author – Search for books by your favorite authors, in alphabetical order from Aesop to Walt Whitman.

*Book Title – Explore the alphabetical index for literature from the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

*Genres – Find literature based on preferred genres including:

  • Adventure
  • Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Mystery
  • Nursery Rhyme
  • Poetry
  • Science Fiction
  • Tragedy
  • And More!

*Collections – Browse for literature by collections based on themes including:

  • African-American Literature
  • Books of Oz
  • Civil War
  • Dragons
  • Mathematics
  • Monsters
  • Princesses
  • Science
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • And more!

*Readability – Search for Literature based on the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level from K-12.

Just click on a title of interest and a new page opens where you can find more information and the MP3 download links.

Free History Audios & More!

June 21st, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, June 21, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

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Learn Out Loud: History

Age Range: 11 and up (middle school, high school, and beyond, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this commercial website that offers a vast array of free history audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and video resources that you can listen to or watch online

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the free history resources that include:

  • What Started World War I Lecture
  • Patrick Henry Speech
  • Gettysburg Address Audio
  • Susan B. Anthony Speech
  • Jamestown, Virginia History Lecture
  • Byzantine Empire History
  • History of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • And Many More!

When you’re through exploring the history list, check out the other “Free Online Learning on Audio & Video” titles offered in other subjects including:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Languages 
  • Literature
  • Philosophy 
  • Science
  • Technology
  • And More!

Again, this is a commercial site where you can purchase audio/video downloads, but they offer this amazing archive of free online learning titles absolutely free. 

BONUS:  You can sign up to receive the “Free Resource of the Day Emailsthat provide one free audio or video learning title. The email is sent out Monday through Friday and is a great way to stay informed about new audio & video educational content that is added to the site.


Open Source Literary Works & Lessons & More (CSAW)

December 1st, 2010

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, December 1st, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

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Open Culture

Age Range: All (There’s something for everyone here.)
Wow! Wow! Wow! Would you like access to “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”?  Your wish is my command through today’s amazing website. offers “free, high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.” You’ll find enriching, intelligent literary and cultural works delivered in a variety of ways to suit every learning style. 

When you get to the website simply use the menu to access a terrific selection of free:

*Audio Books and E-Books – Enjoy fiction and literature, non-fiction, poetry, and get access to an amazing list of audio book podcast websites.

*Online Courses – Take over 250 free courses in Literature, History, Math, Science, Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and more.

*Movies – Access free movies online, “intelligent video sites,” “smart YouTube collections,” and university videos.

*Foreign Language Lessons – Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more.

You’ll also finding an archive of free resources to learn about Music, Art, Science, Technology, and much, much more!

Developed in 2006, by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and some terrific techies, this site is dedicated to “bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences.”

This is a terrific library of resources that you can use again and again. Bookmark it to return often.  Open Culture earns a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence in providing free educational content via the World Wide Web.

FREE Audio & Video Literature for Kids – and More!

May 27th, 2009

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Kids Learn Out Loud

Age Range: 4-18 and beyond

This is a commercial website that offers quite a few FREE, educational audio books, MP3 downloads, and podcasts just for kids and teens. This review focuses on the free LITERATURE resources, but you can also access titles in other subject categories such as art, history, science, social sciences, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free literature categories that are available including:

  • American Classics — Includes titles such as the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Call of the Wild, The Prince and the Pauper, A Little Princess, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Pollyanna, and more.
  • European Classics — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Robinson Crusoe, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Secret Garden, Black Beauty, The Adventures of Pinocchio, and more.
  • Short Stories — American Indian Fairy Tales, Agatha Christie Radio Mysteries, Rumpelstiltskin, The Little Match Girl, Rapunzel and more.
  • Ancient & Medieval Classics — Aesop’s Fables, The Illiad for Boys and Girls
  • Drama — Orson Welles’ radio program, The Mercury Theater On The Air
  • World Classics — Anne of Green Gables, Japanese Fairy Tales, Shakespeare, West Africa Folk Tales, and more.

Click on any category and a new page opens with a list of offerings. Click on “play” to hear/watch the story. Click on the title and another window opens where you can play the recording and find additional information about it. In some cases, you may find additional learning resources.

When you are through exploring the literature section, refer to the menu on the left side of the page under “Kids Free Stuff” to access the other subject categories. You can also browse by age range: under 8, 9-12, and teens.

While there is plenty of free content here, there are many more titles available for a fee.

The “Kids Learn Out Loud” website is part of the larger “” website that offers downloads more suitable to adult audiences — some for free, most for a fee.


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Top Language Arts Websites

January 7th, 2009

Continuing with our recap, here are ClickSchooling’s Top 7 Language Arts sites for 2008:

Note: The links below take you to the ClickSchooling archives where you can read the original review. From there, you can click on a link to access the site.

Recommended Websites:

Read, Write, Think

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12)

This is one of the best Language Arts sites I’ve visited! It provides high quality resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content. Includes a not-to-be-missed CALENDAR that displays literacy activities associated with current events. You’ll also find an array of K-12 lesson plans that include detailed instructions plus worksheets, interactives, and links to resources. Get online games, webquests, puzzles, writing starters, etc. Use technology to develop literacy skills – whether you are a traditional homeschooler or unschooler! This received a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence.

Cyberspace + Library = Cybrary Cybrarian

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8)

This AMAZING website earned a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence. Designed by a librarian, it’s a database of links to children’s websites on many subjects including Language Arts. You’ll find offerings such as “I LOVE TO READ!” that features links to sites of award-winning authors and illustrators, online stories, picture books, and more. It contains a virtual library of children’s magazines from “Time Magazine for Kids” to “Zoobooks.” Visit the “Newseum” — an interactive museum of news. Get access to online encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps, and answers to your questions at this virtual library reference desk.

Free Human-Read Audio Books Librivox – Acoustical Liberation of Books in the Public Domain

Age Range: 4-18 (and beyond)

This website is one of the most frequently visited among ClickSchoolers. It offers free children’s books in the public domain that you can listen to online or download for later use offline. There is more than an entire year’s worth of audio bedtime stories and books here, including the works of well-known children’s authors. Plus, there are free audio books for mom and dad too!

The Riggs Institute: The 28 Rules for English Spelling

Age Range: 7-18 (and beyond)

The Riggs Institute is a commercial website but they offer a FREE list of the “28 Rules for English Spelling” on their website that you can print out and use at home.

Spelling City

Age Range: 5-13 (design for grades K-8)

This free site helps children improve their spelling skills by using both visual and auditory input to improve retention. Contains over 25,000 words, including plurals, contractions, and future and past tenses. You can enter and save your own spelling lists too and play games with spelling words that are automatically generated by a program at the site.

CyberSeminar: How To Write A Basic Sentence and Paragraph

Age Range: 7-11 (approximately)

Get very easy, step-by-step instructions on how to write a basic sentence and how to write a basic paragraph free!


Age Range: 3-10 (approximately)


Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today…

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives.