Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Maple Sugar Farm Virtual Tour

March 27th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, March 27, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Leane & Michael’s Sugarbush

(www.lmsugarbush.com/virtualtour.html)

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

 

Real maple syrup is a delight for the senses – and learning about how it is made is fun for the entire family!

At this website you can take a virtual tour of a homeschool family’s maple syrup farm. Through interesting text and photographs you can learn about the entire maple syrup process from tree to breakfast table.

But that’s not all! This homeschool family recognizes the learning value of the maple syrup process and has designed an entire Unit Study to accompany their virtual tour! It is available absolutely FREE at their website. Just click on “Unit Study” on the menu, then click on the tabs that open in the left-hand menu. There are 10 weeks of lesson plans that include: 

  • Indian Syrup Making
  • Pioneer Syrup Making
  • Modern Syrup Making
  • All About Maple Trees
  • Tapping Maple Trees
  • Gathering Maple Sap
  • Boiling Sap Into Syrup
  • Bottling Pure Maple Syrup
  • Selling Pure Maple Syrup
  • The Sugarbush Annual Maple Syrup Festival

But wait! There’s still more! The unit studies include craft ideas, and lots of links for such things as crafts, further research, and even recipes! (NOTE: Not all the links were working at the time of our review.)

After visiting this site, you might want to purchase a jug of Sugarbush Pure Maple Syrup! (It’s also a nice way to support the efforts of this homeschool family and thank them for the gift of these free learning materials.)

Fun Interactive Timeline of English Language

March 18th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC: The Ages of English

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/lang_gallery.shtml)

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

 

At this archived website you can explore an engaging timeline of the history of the English language, how it developed, and why it has changed and evolved.

Through images and text you’ll discover how English has developed “through invasion, invention and global expansion.”

When you get to the site, explore the eight ages of the English language that include: 

  • The Anglo Saxon Invasions – 449 AD
  • The Viking Raids Begin – 787 AD
  • The Norman Conquest – 1066
  • The Resurgence of English 1200 – 1400
  • The Invention of the Printing Press 1476
  • The Renaissance – 1500 to 1650
  • The Colonization of the New World – 1600s
  • The Industrial Revolution – 1760 to 1830

In each stage, you simply click on images in a colorful drawing to learn various aspects of the history of the language through text. You’ll gain understanding about the origins of words, and discover what inquiring minds what to know. There are fun facts and explanations of phrases and idioms too.

Online Games to Explore the Arts

March 14th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, March 14, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artsology

(www.artsology.com/)

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

 

Artsology was created by a musician to expose kids to a variety of art, music and culture in order to open their minds to different thoughts and ideas. The website offers free online games about the arts, along with investigations into visual arts and music.

When you get to the website you’ll see some featured games, investigations, and printables. Use the menu at the top of the screen to explore the site that includes: 

  • Art Games: Play online games and learn about major figures in art.
  • ArtsEd Resources: Art Investigations and more – Enjoy simple yet informative activities that will expand your knowledge of the arts.
  • Art Videos – Watch Pablo Picasso draw and an introduction to snow globe art.
  • And more!

Artsology is a fantastic resource for fun learning about the arts for people of all ages! We were only able to review some of the games and activities on the site, so parents, as always, should preview and supervise use of the website.

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

March 11th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/languages/words/introduction/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes: 

  • World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.
  • Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English Bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.
  • Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”?  This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
  • Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.
  • Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.
  • And more!

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

is Pi Day!

March 9th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, March 9, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Exploratorium: Pi Day

(www.exploratorium.edu/pi)

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

 

Did you know that Saturday, March 14 is International Pi Day? Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter that is represented as 3.14.

The Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco offers this website with fun activities to learn about Pi. Find out what ancient Babylonians, Archimedes, Zu Chongzhi of China, and French Mathematician Georges Buffon knew about Pi.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and video. Scroll down to learn more: 

  • Guide to Celebrating Pi Day
  • A Brief History of Pi
  • A Slice of Pi Day History

The activities include: 

  • Cutting Pi
  • Pi Toss
  • Pi Graph

And if you really want to go in-depth, don’t miss The Joy of Pi website for lots more info, resources, lessons, and activities.

Free Music Theory Workbooks

March 7th, 2020

It’s Saturday, March 7, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

G Major Music Theory

(www.gmajormusictheory.org/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Created by Gilbert DeBernedetti, a music theory teacher at the University of Pittsburgh, this website provides visitors free downloadable music fundamentals workbooks, harmonic dictation study materials, piano and guitar sheet music and more.

(*Please note: Although some answer keys, test templates, and flash demos for the Fundamentals workbooks are free, most, as well as many of the Contextual Listening pieces, are only available with a paid membership.)

When arriving at this site, select from the following:

  • Sheet Music
    • Free Piano Music for various skill levels arranged by Mr. DeBernedetti
    • Free Guitar Music for five levels of experience
  • Music Theory
    • Fundamentals – Provides 19 always free downloadable workbooks, 9 supplemental Circles of 5ths, and 31 sets of flash cards using the online Quizlet app that help teach music fundamentals. (*see note above)
    • Contextual Listening – Encourages the student to develop skills in identifying musical elements and provides lesson plans for the teacher (*see note above)
    • Harmonic Dictation – Allows students to discover how well they can identify soprano and bass notes as well as Roman and Arabic numerals.
  • Music Humor – Provides fun visual puns for your music student to solve.

If you are planning to add Music Theory to your school days, this website will be a harmonious addition to your repertoire.

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