Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Free Piano and Music Appreciation Lessons

October 10th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, October 10, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Lessons 4 Children

(www.pianolessons4children.com/)

Age Range: 5-9 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

Designed for beginner and elementary level students, this website offers several video piano lessons as well as music appreciation lessons of famous composers and sing-a-longs.

This site is provided by Maria Miller, creator of Math Mammoth. The lessons, presented in a fun, friendly, and informative way include:

  • Lesson 1: How to sit at the piano
  • Lesson 2: Names of the white keys on a piano
  • Lesson 2b: Names of the black keys on a piano
  • Lessons 3 & 4: Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Lesson 5: Chords
  • Lesson 6: Mary Had a Little Lamb, with chords
  • Lessons 7 & 8: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Lessons 9 & 10: Old McDonald Had a Farm
  • Lessons 11 & 12: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Lesson 13: Alphabet Song
  • Lesson 14: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
  • And more!

The famous composers section includes examples from the Baroque, Romance, Classical, and 20th Century periods. Each of these lessons provides a brief biography, images, and video and/or audio examples of great works being performed by various artists.

In the sing-a-long section not only will you find videos for your favorite children’s songs, but also the accompanying lyrics and downloadable sheet music!

This site is a great place to start when teaching your children piano and music appreciation.

Autumn Science

October 6th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, October 6, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Sparks – Autumn

(www.science-sparks.com/science-based-activity-ideas-for-autumnfall/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Science Sparks is a personal blog written and edited by Emma Vanstone. She offers some awesome activities to explore autumn science. The website says: “All our activities are easy to do and use only equipment and materials commonly found around the home. Science for kids doesn’t have to be complicated and boring; it can be great fun for both children and adults. Science based activities offer endless creative learning opportunities and are a great way to spend time with your children.”

Each activity that we viewed contained complete instructions, materials list, pictures, the science explanation behind the activity and related posts. Check activities like: 

  • Leaf chromatography experiment – Preserving and making leaf people
  • Exploring changes of state with toffee apples
  • Sink/Float explained while bobbing for apples
  • Ice play ideas with beautiful autumn-themed ice
  • Weighing and measuring with pumpkins

There is so much on this blog! Check out endless activities for: 

  • Science Experiments for Kids
  • Science Fair Projects
  • Preschool Science
  • Science Facts
  • STEM Challenges
  • Early Years Science
  • Primary Science
  • Holiday Science
  • And lots more!

Don’t miss anything! Be sure to dig deep and explore science.

Interactive Language Learning

October 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, October 3, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling! 

 

Recommended Website:

Duolingo

(www.duolingo.com/)

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This free website for language learning uses fun interactive technology to learn and practice a foreign language.

When arriving at the link, select the language you would like to learn. Available languages include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • and so many more!

After selecting your language, you are able to choose to begin with “Basics” or take a short placement test if you are already familiar with the language. Interactive lessons include vocabulary, grammar, and more. Be sure to have your sound on. There are hundreds of lessons broken down to focus on specific language skills. You need to complete certain skills to open new skill/lesson levels.

In order for your lessons to be tracked (and to continue very far into the lessons) you will need to create a free profile. Once you have created your profile you can review words learned, practice with flashcards, check your activity on the program, and more. There is a language discussion board available so parents will want to monitor their students if they do not want them to participate in the board. While working through the lessons, student earn lingots, the Duolingo virtual currency. Lingots can be used in the virtual store for things such as a “Heart Refill” which “allows you to regain one heart lost during a lesson”, “Streak Freeze” which allows your activity “streak to remain in place for one full day of inactivity”, and more program related bonuses.

From the website:

“In a recent independent study, professors from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina found that when using Duolingo for 34 hours, students learn the equivalent of one university semester of language instruction.”

And this program is also available as a free app so you can take learning on the go. Learning a new language can be fun using this website that appeals to different learning methods.

Learning Fun with World Geography Games

October 1st, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, October 1, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World Geography Games

(world-geography-games.com/)

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

 

Add some fun to your world geography studies with the help of this website.

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • World Games
  • Africa Games
  • Americas Games
  • Asia Games
  • Australia & Oceania Games
  • Europe Games

Using colorful maps, students are asked to identify countries, states, cities, and more by clicking on the appropriate location or answer. Points are earned with each correct answer and it keeps track of how many tries it took to find the right place. There is a “give up?” option which, when selected, fills in all of the information on the map. If your student is new to the subject, we suggest selecting that option at the beginning to use as a study tool before playing the game. When the student thinks that they are ready, they can select the “play again” option. 


Game topics include:

  • Countries
  • Capitals
  • Flags
  • And more

This site provides excellent geography practice and is simple to navigate and play the games.

Children’s Literature Arts & Crafts

September 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK – Children’s Book Breaks

(www.dltk-teach.com/books/index.htm)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-4 – pre-readers and early readers, with parental supervision)

 

This is a massive arts and crafts website that offers free coloring pages and craft activities that correlate with children’s literature including books, fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes.


It’s a great way to extend the learning (and the fun!) after you read a story with your child.


When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that includes:

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Arthur
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Curious George
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Nursery Rhyme Activities
  • Stone Soup
  • ~ and many more!

Click on any title and a new page opens where you’ll find printable coloring pages of the book characters and scenes, as well as craft activities such as instructions and printable templates for making puppets, felt board characters, story sequencing cards, and art projects of all kinds.

Be sure to click on: 

  • Book Report Ideas – Get free templates for making a book report and a diorama.
  • Home Made School Journal – Access free instructions and templates on how to make your own personalized journals and diaries.
  • Mini Books – Find an amazing array of printable alphabet stories, Bible stories, holiday stories, and some themed stories. You can also print out templates for making custom stories that are all about your child.

This site offers fun ways to enhance learning through blending reading, writing, and art!

Fun Creative Chemistry Activities

September 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, September 22, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creative Chemistry

(www.creative-chemistry.org.uk/)

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

 

A chemist in the United Kingdom created this website for students, teachers, and those who are simply interested in chemistry. It offers free chemistry puzzles, interactive quizzes, instructive molecular models, worksheets and fun activities designed to help you learn about chemistry in a fun and engaging way.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu that includes links to all kinds of worksheets and practical guides, interactive periodic tables, chemistry-themed games, crosswords, and quizzes, and more.

Get instructions for some of the activities including: 

  • Anodizing
  • Blueprinting
  • Dyeing
  • Balloon Rockets
  • Build a Lighthouse
  • Fingerprinting
  • Flame Tests
  • And how to conduct a urine analysis

Most of the activities come with a downloadable PDF, pictures and instructions too.

Some of the games include: 

  • matching game
  • crossword puzzles
  • jigsaws
  • quizzes
  • and more

There are great science experiments and lessons for you to learn all about chemistry.

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