Posts Tagged ‘elective’

Learn Russian For Free

December 17th, 2016


It’s Saturday, December 17, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Russian Language Lessons


Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)


If your high school student is interested in learning Russian as a foreign language elective, then this site might just be the ticket to get started. Currently there are eighteen lessons but, per the information on the website, more are being added regularly.

When arriving at the site, read over the information on the home page to get an idea of the site’s purpose then get started using the links on the left-hand side bar. Lessons include: 

  • Getting Started
  • Russian Alphabet
  • Russian Handwriting
  • Numbers
  • Basic Phrases
  • In a Bar/Cafe
  • Verbs/Pronouns
  • Nouns
  • I Love…
  • Places (in/at/on)
  • Family
  • Genitive Case
  • Plurals
  • Language Review
  • Dative Case
  • Instrumental Case
  • Past Tense
  • Verbs of Motion
  • Most Used Words
  • Russian Apartments
  • Advanced – Parallel Texts

There are also pages that explain grammar rules, various vocabulary pages and even an English-Russian dictionary tool. All lessons provide textual explanations and half of the lessons include audios, with more promised for the future.

This website is a wonderful place to either begin learning the language or to fine-tune already learned skills.

Top Sites for Music, Art, and Foreign Languages

January 10th, 2009

Continuing with our recap, here are ClickSchooling’s Top Elective websites for 2008. It was really hard, but we managed to limit our picks to 3 in each category of Art, Music, and Foreign Languages:

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:


Art Attack!

Age Range: 4-18

Art Attack! provides instruction on how to do over 100 art projects that are archived at this website – one of the most frequently visited among the ClickSchooling archives.

The Toy Maker

Age Range: 3-13

You won’t believe the assortment of templates for making paper toys here. They include Animals, Bugs, Fairies, Math & Learning Toys, Toys that Move, Gifts and Boxes, and a variety of whimsical and fantasy items too.

National Gallery for America’s Young Artists

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

This collection of fun activities provides multi-media lessons in art history as well as art media and technique.


Fantastic Classical Music Site for Kids!

Age Range: 7-12

This website received a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence and offers one of the best, web-based educational activities on classical music designed just for kids.

Free Music Rhythm Lessons and More!

Age Range: 5-18

This website offers free, interactive music resources, lessons, and drills.


Learn Italian Online for Free!

Age Range: 7-18

Get a free, six-week course of five lessons per week in Italian. Learn online for free at your own pace, or sign up for optional free daily email reminders.

Digital Dialects

Age Range: 5-18

This website offers multi-media, interactive games for learning 55 different languages from Afrikaans to Vietnamese.


Age Range: 4-17

Get free online games, songs and activities for children in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Indonesian.


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.

How To Learn Any Foreign Language

November 17th, 2007

Recommended Website:
How To Learn Any Language

This website was recommended by ClickSchooler extraordinaire, MaryAnna. She wrote:

“I know I’ve recommended plenty of sites in the past, but this one is really a goodie! It offers excellent advice for the independent language learner.
The site owner is an experienced polyglot and his website is full of information from general advice about choosing and learning a language to more detailed info about each language, its difficulty, related languages,
advantages and disadvantages to learning it, and even links to online learning resources for each language. As an experienced language learner myself, I have to say this guy is really on track. Five stars!”

She’s right! You’d better bookmark it now, because there is no way you can see all of the resources provided here on one visit. When you get to the site
read the introduction and click on the embedded links to further information, or use the drop-down menu at the top of your screen, or the stationery menu on the left to explore the site. You will find suggestions and activities for learning all of the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Czech
  • English
  • Esperanto
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish

Use the handy Language Profile page to get a quick overview of the difficulty and popularity of the language.

Under the basic “Guide” on this site, don’t miss the article on “How To Raise Polyglot Kids.” It includes general advice along with suggestions for
inexpensive as well as costlier resources you can use. You’ll also find information and advice on how to get the most out of language camps and immersion programs. This site even provides free downloadable software so
you can make your own foreign language flash cards!

Note: On some of the pages at the site, the Google ads appear at the top of the page. It can give the illusion that there is nothing else on the page. You have to scroll down the page below the Google ads to find the text and resources. It’s a minor inconvenience. :)

This site is a fantastic resource that foreign language learners will refer to again and again.

Electives — Singing!

February 3rd, 2001

Recommended Website:
The Singing Voice

This is a wonderful site for people who love to sing – and because it also contains some fascinating information on singing anatomy, technique, history, and the biographies of some singers, it can be used to enhance the study of subjects other than music as well.

For singers, the site has information on vocal health, a timeline of the evolution of singing techniques and styles, a dictionary of singing terminology, and extensive information on opera (including scores, books, and CDs).

Links to other sites devoted to singing abound. There are chat rooms and message boards so that singers can share information and resources with one another.

The site seems to be intended for users about high school level and up. Parents with young singers may want to preview the site, find the areas that will be of interest to your children, and explore that category with them.