Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

See How Glass Christmas Ornaments are Made!

December 10th, 2021

YouTube: How It’s Made

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h28d_rc1OM0)

Grades 3 and up, with parental supervision

This “How It’s Made” video explains how glass Christmas ornaments are made.

This video demonstrates how glassblowers create Christmas tree ornament bulbs and figurines, and then shows how they are colored and decorated. You’ll also discover how the stems are made and capped before the ornament is boxed and shipped to stores.

And here is another Christmas-related “How’s It’s Made” video:

How Candy Canes Are Made

Watch how the dough is mixed, shaped, colored, cut, wrapped, and shaped again to make candy canes!

Christmas Around The World!

November 29th, 2021

Woodlands Junior School: Woodlands Junior Advent Calendar

(projectbritain.com/Xmas/calendar/index.html)

Grades 1-8, with parental supervision

At this United Kingdom website, you can access a free, interactive, educational Advent Calendar that provides information on how Christmas is celebrated in countries worldwide.

Math and social studies are combined here in an engaging presentation the whole family is sure to enjoy.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Scroll down to the calendar and click on December 1st – the dates are jumbled on purpose we suppose so it can be used every year. A new page opens that begins an exploration of how Christmas is celebrated in….well, you’ll have to visit the site to find out!

Be sure to follow the instructions, answer the questions, and click on the links throughout the presentation to experience the full scope of what is offered here. Then, bookmark the site so you can return to it each day in December to see what the calendar unfolds.

Oh, and don’t miss the menu on the left side of the screen where you can learn all kinds of facts and trivia about Christmas traditions and customs.

Free Audio Stories for Kids!

May 5th, 2021

Storynory

(www.storynory.com/)

Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision 

If you don’t know about this website – you should! Storynory.com offers a treasure trove of free audio stories for kids that include fairy tales, myths, original stories, and more.

Every week a new audio story is published on the website (and has been since 2005). You can listen online or download the stories for free.

The storytellers are entertaining and the content includes:

  • Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen
  • Folktales and legends from around the world
  • Beloved children’s tales such as the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • Classics including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and an entire audiobook of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Original children’s stories created by the owners of the site. The founders of Storynory (a writer and BBC radio journalist) own an online media consulting company.

You can subscribe to their podcasts as well.

Listening to audio stories develops language arts skills, improves attention, and sparks the imagination.

Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

September 19th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, September 19, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

8notes.com

(www.8notes.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Red Balloon Technology Ltd. in St. Albans, England, is a fabulous resource for free sheet music for all kinds of instruments. 90% of this website is free to use with subscriptions to additional features available for $20 a year. The free portions of this website are ad-supported, but they are minimal and do not interfere with use of the site.

When arriving at the link, visitors will see sections broken down into smaller categories with image links. Sections include: 

  • Free Sheet Music & Lessons – sorted by instruments including string, wind, brass, vocal, ensembles, and other instruments
  • Music Lessons & Resources – included are Lessons, Improvisation Pieces, Play along Jam tracks, Licks & Riffs, Chord Charts and Tuners, Charts & Resources
  • Free Sheet Music Categories – music sorted by classical, pop & rock, jazz, film & TV, world, weddings, Christmas, traditional, funeral, children’s, Christian, and new music

Music lessons and resources include basic lessons for drum, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, music theory and more. Find guitar, ukulele, piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, recorder, and trumpet, and interactive finger and chord charts in the Chord Charts, Fingering Charts & Scales section. There is also a Music Biographies collection to explore to expand your knowledge of music greats.

When selecting from a music category, you are presented with a chart of available music within the genre. You can easily make selections by searching for difficulty level, artist, or title from the information in the chart. Click on the song title and another list shows all the instrument versions that are available. Select the instrument and the sheet music page will open.

When the sheet music pages open, you can not only view the music but also print out the sheet music. There is also access to use an online metronome and review other information about the piece.

Music lovers will want to bookmark this website and check the “Latest Additions” category in the Resources section to see all the new additions to this continually building website.

Free Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

September 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 2, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com

(www.myvocabulary.com/)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

 

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu in the center of the screen that includes: 

  • Root Word Lesson – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.
  • Subject Puzzles – You’ll find calendar-themed vocabulary puzzles for holidays and events such as Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.
  • Subject Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest (from “accessories” to “Yellowstone”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.
  • Test Prep – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT/GRE vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

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!

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