Posts Tagged ‘business’

Virtually Tour Globally Inspired Gardens

May 13th, 2022

It’s Friday, May 13, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

The Butchart Gardens

(www.butchartgardens.com/a-virtual-visit/)

All grades; children with parental supervision

Visit the incredible Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada with this website that offers a free virtual tour! To really appreciate the gardens it’s helpful to know some history about them.

In 1888, Robert Butchart manufactured cement near limestone deposits on Vancouver Island where he and his family lived. As his business exhausted the limestone in the quarry near their home, Mrs. Butchart came up with the idea of transforming the abandoned quarry into a spectacular “Sunken Garden.” She had topsoil hauled in and began the renovation.

The Butcharts were world travelers and it influenced the design of their gardens. They created a Japanese Garden with Koi pond, transformed a tennis court into an Italian Garden, and planted a spectacular Rose Garden. Mr. Butchart collected birds from all over the world and had elaborate bird houses constructed throughout the gardens. They decorated their garden with artifacts including bronze castings.

The renown of the Butchart Gardens spread. Today, close to a million people visit annually, enjoying the year-round display of floral beauty created from over 900 varieties of plants.

From the menu, choose:

  • Sunken Garden
  • Rose Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • Italian Garden
  • Mediterranean Garden
  • and more

So much color and beauty in one place!

Introductory Spanish Lessons + More!

March 5th, 2022

FREE Online Spanish Lessons & Games for Families

(www.onlinefreespanish.com)

Grades: All, with parental supervision

This website offers FREE, interactive Spanish lessons, games, activities, and printable coloring pages and worksheets through a high quality, multi-media platform that is engaging and user friendly

The people who designed this site requested a ClickSchooling review – and I’m so glad they did. It was created especially for children and their parents to provide basic, introductory Spanish skills whether for education, travel, business, or pleasure.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction followed by four icon menus for Levels 1-4. Enjoy Spanish lessons that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, parts of the human face, fruits, pets, bugs, geometrical shapes, holidays, and more. Click on any lesson icon and a new page opens where you can watch an animated video lesson. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the correct pronunciation of words as they come up on the screen. Each lesson includes a link to “Related Lessons and Activities” that provide printable worksheets to reinforce learning.

Scroll further down the page to Spanish Word of the Day, Today’s Date, Today’s Funny Pun & Let’s Read.

As you continue down the page, you will find Activities by category that include games puzzles, sorting, matching, songs, coloring pages & more!

Do You Know the Story of Lego?

January 15th, 2022

LEGO – History of LEGOs Animated Video!

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdDU_BBJW9Y)

All grades, with parental supervision

ClickScholar Priya suggested this charming video of “The LEGO Story.”

When you get to the website you can watch an inspiring, animated story of the history of the LEGO company that is laced with “pearls of wisdom” for life and business success. This little 17-minute video will entertain the whole family.

Note: This video is on YouTube. It has received over 2.5 million views, and the viewers have posted comments – not all of which are not meant for general audiences. Parents, as always, should preview the video and supervise Internet use.

Audio History Resource Library

October 21st, 2021

Learn Out Loud – History: Free History Audios & More!

(www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Online-Learning/History)

Grades: 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 Emails” that provides 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.

Explore the World of Agriculture Across the USA

October 14th, 2021

America’s Heartland

(www.americasheartland.org/education/students/index.htm)

Grades 5 and up, with parental supervision

What a find! The America’s Heartland website is a companion to a magazine-style, half-hour TV series, and offers FREE video virtual tours of unforgettable places of agriculture across the USA. The videos have something of interest for all ages, but the study guides seem to be for older students about grades 5 and up.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of options that include:

  • Agri-Tourism – Visit a Reindeer Ranch, Bison Farm, and Horse Park.
  • Animals – See an Emu Farm, Chicken Ranch, Cattle Ranch, and Duck Farm.
  • Aquaculture – Learn about harvesting Crawfish, Abalone, and Trout Farming.
  • Fruits and Nuts – Take a virtual tour of Strawberry, Kiwi, Mandarin Orange and Walnut Farms.
  • Specialty Products – Learn about Maple Sugaring and visit farms that grow Mushrooms, Truffles, Goat’s Milk Soap, and more.
  • Vegetables – See how Carrots, Iceberg Lettuce, Corn, Chili Peppers, and Spinach grow.

Simply click on the topic of interest and a new page opens with a menu of short video tours of agri-products in that category. Each product offers a free downloadable “Study Guide” in pdf, a brief story synopsis with additional resources, and the video tour.

You’ll also find videos about careers in agriculture, environmental stewardship, food science, organic food production, and agri-business technology.

This is a terrific, informative, multi-media resource!

History & Performing Arts with Bob Hope

October 9th, 2021

Library of Congress: Bob Hope and American Variety

(www.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope/)

Grade 5 and up (approximately), with parental supervision

The Library of Congress offers this free online presentation of the life of entertainer Bob Hope and the history of American Variety entertainment including Vaudeville, Radio, Movies, Television, and more.

Using photographs, illustrations, and text this exhibit provides a biography of Hope’s career that provides fascinating historical information about the performing arts as well.

When you get to the website use the menu located under the title, “SECTIONS” that includes:

  • Early Life – Find out where Bob Hope was born, his real name, and how he got his start in show business.
  • Vaudeville – Discover Hope’s journey through vaudeville and get some terrific insight about what made this artform so popular.
  • Motion Pictures – Learn about the country’s transition to film making and the role of Hope’s series of “Road” pictures from 1940-1962 with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour.
  • Joke File – Explore Hope’s theft-proof joke vault with more than 85,00 pages of bits, sketches, and jokes created by his team of comedy writers.
  • On The Road: USO Shows – Read about Hope’s 50-years of performing variety shows for U.S. troops.

This interesting exhibition about Hope’s life provides keen insight into American history, culture, life, and values. It may springboard interest in watching some of Hope’s films that the whole family may find entertaining. You can rent DVDs of Hope’s “Road” pictures such as Road to Singapore and Road to Rio. Your public library may have them as well.

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