Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Say “Merry Christmas” in Different Languages

December 21st, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, December 21, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holidays: The Voices of Christmas

(http://www.holidays.net/christmas/voices.htm)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website lets you listen to the different ways “Merry Christmas” is said around the world.

Scroll down through the page, click on the audio play button for country of choice, and hear the Real Audio file of “Merry Christmas” and other related holiday greetings in: 

  • Chinese
  • French/Creole
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • Welsh
  • Finnish
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Hungarian
  • Vietnamese
  • Greek
  • German
  • And more.

The words are also written out so you can try to follow along. This is a fun way to introduce the whole family to the many languages of the world!

Lyndhurst Manor Christmas Tour

December 20th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, December 20, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lyndhurst Manor Christmas Tour

(www.lyndhurst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/VirtualTours/LyndhurstChristmas360.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Explore Lyndhurst Manor in all its Christmas splendor with this 360° virtual tour. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis and overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, Lyndhurst Manor is noted as one of “America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions.”

When you arrive at today’s link, click the main menu window to start the tour. Use the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to stop the automatic rotation and to navigate through the manor as you wish. The first two icons allow you to easily move through the rooms. Visit the: 

  • Entry Hall
  • Dining Room
  • Picture Gallery
  • State Bedroom
  • Star Bedroom

When you are finished with your Christmas tour, click the Lyndhurst logo in the upper right to visit the main website. From here, click the “About” link in the upper menu to learn about the history of Lyndhurst Manor. On the left-hand side bar menu, click the “Virtual Tours” link to find more tours of the manor such as: 

  • The Mansion
  • Aerial Lyndhurst
  • Bowling Alley
  • The Mansion at Halloween

These simple tours provide an excellent window into Gothic Revival architecture and of a time long ago.

History of Holidays

December 19th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, December 19, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History.com

(www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The holidays are here and we thought you might enjoy learning about their origin and history, as well as some of the customs associated with them.

When you get to this ad-supported site, learn the History of Christmas: 

  • How Did Christmas Start?
  • When Christmas Was Cancelled
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Who Invented Santa Claus?
  • And more!

Then check out the history of Hanukkah – Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

And learn The History of Kwanzaa – Watch a video that provides a good explanation and overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 – January 1.

Latin/Greek Root Word Holiday Puzzles!

December 18th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 18, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com: Holiday Tradition Puzzles

(tinyurl.com/yeglwvq9)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a variety of language arts activities for elementary, middle, and high school students to improve vocabulary, writing, and conversation including holiday-themed Latin/Greek root-word puzzles, trivia, crosswords, and scavenger hunts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the first vocabulary puzzle for “Christmas and Holiday Traditions” that you must solve using the Latin/Greek root words and vocabulary words. Full instructions are included. Then, scroll down the page to find similar puzzles for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan.

Don’t miss these other holiday vocabulary activities: 

  • Christmas Trivia Lists – There are 9 fun trivia lists that you can print out and play offline. (Great for long holiday road trips too!) Topics include naming: 
    • 14 objects that the Grinch stole at Christmas
    • Holiday Songs with the word “Christmas” in the title
    • Songs that were #1 on the Billboard Charts on Christmas Day
    • Santa’s 8 reindeer from the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
    • 12 gifts of Christmas (from the Christmas carol)
  • Christmas Traditions – 24 Scavenger Hunt Ideas – On this page you’ll find a Christmas/Holiday word list from A to Z. Scroll down the page to find a list of 24 objects you might look for on a Scavenger Hunt using the vocabulary from the word list.

Make Easy Holiday Arts & Crafts

December 14th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, December 14, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Make a Pomander Ball

(www.instructables.com/id/Pomander-ball-Christmas-gift/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

There’s still time to make artistic holiday decorations and gifts. Check out this site and more!

Take an orange, stud it with cloves, tie a ribbon around it – and presto! – you’ve made an aromatic decoration or gift. This site has simple instructions illustrated with pictures.

And here are some more Fun Family Crafts. Choose from: 

  • Quilled Poinsettia Card
  • Tissue Paper Tassel Garland
  • Simple Winter Village Houses
  • Christmas Pom Pom Photo Frame
  • and many more!

Make Candles!

Build a Mini Gingerbread House!


Fun for the whole family!

Fun Christmas Village Virtual Tour

December 13th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, December 13, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ogden’s Christmas Village

(https://christmasvillagemap.ogdencity.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Take a fun journey through a Christmas Village with this website. Since its beginning in 1962, visitors to downtown Ogden, Utah, have enjoyed the display of a “dazzling winter wonderland set aglow with Christmas lights and a unique setting of cottages modeled after Santa’s village at the North Pole.”

There are a few ways to navigate the tour: 

  • Use the arrows on the sides of the images to move back and forth through the images.
  • Click a number on the map to see the building’s display.
  • Use the thumbnails at the bottom of the screen to select an image.

Each cottage includes its name, sponsor, and most have the date when it was built. A sampling of cottages you will see are: 

  • Carnegie Free Library
  • North Pole Express
  • AmeriCan-Fix-It Ski Shop
  • The Church of Hope
  • Nani’s Cottage
  • Nutcracker Nook
  • Polarview Manor
  • Santa’s Garage
  • Frosty’s Firehouse

And over 50 more whimsically themed displays.

If you live near Ogden, Utah, the village is traditionally open from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through January 1.

This simple and fun little tour is a nice addition to your holidays.

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