Posts Tagged ‘English’

Interactive Foreign Language Games

October 19th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 19, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital Dialects

(www.digitaldialects.com/)

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

 

This website offers a variety of interactive online games that help foreign language learners acquire basic language skills in a relaxed and fun way.

Audio files have been incorporated into some of the animations so you can hear the correct pronunciation of the words and sentences.

As explained at the website, you’ll find “The world’s major languages, with a cross-section of languages from diverse regions” including: 

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

When you get to the site just click on the language of choice. A new page opens with a selection of games and/or activities.

Some languages have more than others and the menu may include:

  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Colors
  • Days and Months
  • Food
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Numbers
  • Phrases & Greetings
  • Units of Time
  • Verbs
  • Verb Conjugation
  • Vocabulary

Geography games that help familiarize learners with the locations of cities in countries are included for just a few of the major languages.

This is a terrific educational tool to enhance learning foreign languages.

English Spelling Rules and more!

September 4th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, September 4, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

28 Rules for English Spelling

(www.riggsinst.org/28rules.aspx)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Here is a handy list of rules for English spelling that you can print out and refer to as needed.

Many homeschoolers know about the Riggs Institute programs for teaching writing, spelling and reading. The Riggs Institute is a commercial website – but they offer a FREE list of the “28 Rules for English Spelling” that you can print out and use at home. Just click on the link above and it will take you right to the page where you can access the list.

There are also 35 Literacy Tips. Look under Resources in the top menu. These are great tools for your Language Arts curriculum.

Learn Spanish Free Online

August 17th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 17, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanicity

(www.spanicity.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

With the aid of this ad-supported website, students can work on their mastery of the Spanish language. The lessons focus on vocabulary and grammar as well as pronunciation.

When arriving at today’s link, you will find available lessons broken down into four categories: 

  • Learn the Basics of Spanish – includes the alphabet, popular words, numbers, and Spanish verbs
  • Learn Spanish Phrases – Learn useful phrases pertaining to courtesy, greetings and meeting people, the weather, visiting a hotel, hospital, post office, or restaurant, and much more.
  • Learn Spanish Grammar – Lessons in this category are also broken down by beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.
  • Learn Spanish Vocabulary – Discover all kinds of vocabulary words regarding food, home, travel, transportation, entertainment, business, family, animals, and much more.

Lessons provide the Spanish word with English translation and are usually accompanied by an audio file.  

This website is simple to navigate and provides a no-frills way to supplement your Spanish studies.

Listen to Interviews with Children’s Book Authors

August 14th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, August 14, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC School Radio: English – Meet the Authors

(https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g64q0/episodes/player)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-9, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides recordings of interviews with children’s authors.

The authors answer questions posed by students about how they started writing, where they find inspiration for their stories, how they develop characters and storyline, and questions about their plans for future books. Sixteen prolific authors (who are very popular in the United Kingdom) are featured including: 

  • Brian Patten
  • Valerie Bloom
  • Jacqueline Wilson
  • Jeremy Strong
  • Philip Ridley
  • Michael Morpurgo
  • Eva Ibbotson
  • Anne Fine
  • And more!

When you get to the site, simply click on the author’s name on the menu, then “Listen Now.” Most interviews are 15 minutes in length and are sure to engage and inspire young writers.

Foreign Language Games, Songs and Activities

July 27th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, July 27, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hello-World

(www.hello-world.com/)

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

 

This website has free online games, songs, and activities for children in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and many more languages.

When you get to the site you will see an icon menu for each language. Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu that allows you to learn: 

  • The Alphabet
  • Letters
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Clothes
  • The Calendar
  • The Family
  • Common Descriptions
  • Verbs
  • Time
  • Weather
  • and much more!

Some countries have more activities than others. In some, you can learn conversational skills and play games or sing songs to reinforce and practice learning the language of your choice. There is a great deal of content at this site. Not every activity is clearly explained, so expect to spend a little time exploring in order to figure it out.

Take an American History Journey

July 25th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, July 25, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Journeys

(www.americanjourneys.org/)

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

 

This website offers an amazing library of historical primary source documents that provide eyewitness accounts of North American explorers including the Vikings in 1000 AD, Spanish, French, and English explorers, American Indians, Pilgrims, Frontiersmen, Lewis & Clark, and the mountain men of the Rockies in 1800. Funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, it was designed for students exploring one of National History Day’s theme, “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange.”


When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu bar that includes: 

  • Find A Document – A search engine to help you find documents on the topic that interests you.
  • Images – An incredible resource of paintings, sketches, and pictures of the events chronicled in the documents.
  • Highlights – Not sure where to begin? This page offers a selection of eyewitness accounts of famous moments in American History by date. Pick one and with a click of your mouse jump right into history.
  • Teachers – THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START. Read the description and use the menu bar that helps you choose a topic, select lesson plans, understand the geographical references and nomenclature used in the accounts, consider who wrote the accounts and what factors color their interpretation, determine how to deal with sensitive content in the accounts, and more.

Parents, as always, should review this material to determine suitability for your children and students. Be sure to read the comments under “Sensitive Content” on the menu bar in the “Teachers” section.

These documents provide a window into the past like no other. Bookmark this site so you can use it for research and supplementation to your studies of the history of exploration in North America.

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