Posts Tagged ‘high school’

Free Homeschool Record Keeping

July 15th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, July 15, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Homeschool Skedtrak

(www.homeschoolskedtrack.com/HomeSchool/displayLogin.do)

Age Range: 4-18 (Designed for homeschool parents to track activities for grades Pre-K-12)

 

While we usually stick to recommending sites that enhance learning about math on Monday, we couldn’t resist sharing this free resource, developed by a homeschool family, that enables you to track your homeschool course of study and activities for free.

I know that keeping records is a big concern to many homeschool parents, especially once the kids hit the high school years and need to create transcripts for college. While this site is designed with homeschool parents in mind, older students can use it for record-keeping purposes. Even unschoolers can use this system to track learning opportunities and interests they have explored as well.

The description provided at the Homeschool Skedtrack website explains it all:

“Homeschool Skedtrack is a *FREE* online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.”

Features include: 

  • easy record keeping from Pre-K-12 for each student
  • worry free data back-up
  • flexible scheduling of your child’s activities/lessons per year, per month, per week or as you go
  • automated tracking of total number of hours/days completed
  • scheduling and tracking of field trips
  • a school calendar for each student
  • tests recording
  • automated grade calculation
  • report card generation in pdf format
  • transcript generation in pdf format (two columns or by subject)

There are even video tutorials at the site to explain how to use the Homeschool Skedtrack program. Begin by creating an account in the upper right corner of the home page.

Not only that, this site offers a database of educational websites (many that have been recommended by ClickSchooling over the years). Not only does the database include websites on various subject topics such as math, science, music, homeschool resources, etc., it allows the users/visitors to rate the sites which can be helpful in determining overall usefulness.

Bookmark this one to return often!

Multimedia History of American Agriculture

July 11th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, July 11, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Growing A Nation: The Story of American Agriculture

(www.agclassroom.org/gan/index.htm)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision. This was designed for middle and high school classrooms.)

 

This website provides a free multimedia social studies program that explores the history of American agriculture and how it has affected our lives today. It uses digital story telling to engage learners and help them understand that “the history of America is much more than just war battles.”  


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

  • Explore Multimedia Program – Launch or download the free program that is divided into four lessons delivered through a narrated video presentation (turn on your speakers): 
    • Lesson 1 – 1600-1929, Seeds of Change
    • Lesson 2 – 1930-1949, From Defeat to Victory
    • Lesson 3 – 1950-1969, Prosperity & Challenges
    • Lesson 4 – 1970-Present, Into a New Millennium
    • Classroom Resources – Access pdfs of the instructional units (lessons) along with activities and resources based upon primary source documents. You’ll also find options for assessment.
  • Historical Timeline – Explore the various eras of American agriculture including Economic Cycles, Farm Machinery & Technology, Crops & Livestock, Transportation, Agricultural Trade & Development, and Government Programs & Policy.
  • External Resources – Find more free lessons on agriculture including pest management, water quality, food safety, understanding wetlands and the environment, the history of cotton, cattle ranching, and more.

This program is designed for classroom use to stimulate discussions and promote understanding. There is lots of flexibility in the material that can be tweaked for independent study. It supplements any study of history and meets national standards.

Free Art and Design Lessons

May 18th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, May 18, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artyfactory

(artyfactory.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website includes step-by-step, how-to art lessons. It also offers art appreciation tutorials on topics like “Still Life” or “Animals in Art” or broader “Art Movements.”

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • Art Lessons
  • Art Appreciation
  • Design Lessons

Little ones can’t interact with Artyfactory on their own. The content and writing are at an advanced level. (In fact, it is suspect most of the content doubles as MacTaggart’s college course material.) But there’s tremendous potential here for a creative homeschooler as follows: 

  • Use it directly as reading or coursework for a high school student.
  • Adapt the lessons for younger pupils. The “Pencil Shading” exercises, for example, found under “Pencil Portraits” in the Art Lessons section, would be a fun challenge. The “How to Draw Animals” lessons might work with a talented middle school student, too, but these are no Ed Emberley thumbprints: they require a good eye and a controlled hand.
  • Fill in holes in your own knowledge. After spending some time on this site you’ll be able to introduce your children to Expressionism paintings and more next time you visit a museum.

There’s a wealth of information here: color theory (both technical stuff like the color wheel and the emotional impact of colors in painting), a thorough overview of African masks and Egyptian hieroglyphs, shading techniques in pen and ink, etc.

NOTE: As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW the site to determine suitability of content for your own children.

The Physics of Baseball

May 14th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, May 14, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Physics of Baseball

(www.laserpablo.com/baseball/baseball.htm)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website was created by a retired high school physics teacher with a passion for baseball. At his website, he offers many free activities, lessons, and video clips that teach the physics of baseball.

When you get to the site, you can watch three video presentations/interviews that were broadcast on networks (PBS, etc.) including:

  • The Physics of Baseball
  • The Science of Home Runs
  • Out of the Park – The Physics of Baseball (includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide)

Then, continue the learning with the free, downloadable links to activities/worksheets (pdf) that explore the physics of baseball including: 

  • Anatomy of a Homer
  • Anatomy of a Pitch

You’ll also discover links to numerous free resources that further explore the physics of baseball.

Free Interactive Math Games

May 13th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, May 13, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HoodaMath

(www.hoodamath.com/)

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

 

HoodaMath.com is an ad-supported website that offers over 1,000 math games to learn and practice basic math skills for kindergarten through high school.

When you get to the site, you can choose one of the featured games or you can scroll down to see: 

  • Math Games by Grade
  • Math Games by Subject – Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Integers, Algebra

Notice that the games can be sorted by game style as well – such as games that require the player to escape, shop, grow, etc.

You’ll also find links to some animated math “movies” and math tutorials that provide instruction in Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percent, Integers, Order of Operations, Algebra, and Geometry designed for grades 3-8. The videos are meant to be entertaining, but may seem silly to more mature kids.

To find the movies and tutorials, along with math tests and math manipulatives, scroll to the menu at the bottom of the home page. 

IMPORTANT: Every game is free to play but is accompanied by a randomly generated advertisement. As always, parents should preview the website and supervise all Internet access.

Fun Physics Simulations for K-12

April 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 23, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhET Interactive Simulations

(phet.colorado.edu/)

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

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder sponsors this website with free, fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena.

As explained at the website:  “… Students will engage in scientific exploration… achieve conceptual learning… make connections to everyday life… take and sense ownership of their learning experience… see science as accessible, understandable and enjoyable.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, teacher resources including tips on how to run/use the simulations, and a button that says, “Play with Simulations.” Click on that and a new page opens where you will see an icon menu of the latest simulations on the site including: 

  • Masses and Springs
  • Energy Forms and Changes
  • Wave Interference
  • Build a Fraction
  • And more!

Use the menu on the left side of this same page to search for simulations by topic, for example: 

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Math
  • Research

And, you can search for simulations by Grade Level including Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and University.

Be sure to bookmark this site – you’ll want to return again and again.

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