Posts Tagged ‘homeschool’

Virtual Guide to REAL Field Trip Destinations

August 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, August 2, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Field Trips of the U.S. & Canada

(www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/field-trips/)

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

 

To help you find field trips that will leave you and your kids feeling energized and excited about learning, Homeschool Buyers Co-op has created an incredible, FREE, virtual data base of field trip destinations for every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada.


When you get to the website just click on the map to find:


  • zoos
  • aquariums
  • factory tours
  • historic houses
  • nature centers
  • cultural centers
  • and other educational facilities in your state or province.
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    Then, head out on the road and enjoy the fabulous learning opportunities in your community and beyond. Your children will have fun and you’ll feel like you’ve made productive and meaningful use of your time. Plus, field trips often springboard kids to a new area of interest that motivates their desire to learn about everything.

    All About Caves (and Bats)

    July 16th, 2019

     

    It’s Tuesday, July 16, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    Exploring Caves

    (tinyurl.com/y3fh9n3j)

    Age Range: 4-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

     

    This 50-page PDF from the U.S. Geological Survey has free educational materials all about caves that can easily be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

    Learn about geology, cartography, and hydrology in a lighthearted story of a bat. This original 5-chapter fictional story introduces a wealth of information about caves through the adventure of two children and a talking bat. There are lesson plans, activity sheets, teacher instructions and coloring pages. The lessons include: 

    • What Is a Cave?
    • Cave Stories – Tales of Adventure
    • Find a Cave
    • Cave Diagram
    • Adapting to the Dark – Bats and People
    • Water Creates a Cave
    • Cave Art and History
    • and more!

    There is also a list of books, articles, special publications, music, and more. You’ll also find links to other educational resources. However, most of the links have changed. As it says at the top of the resource page: “URL’s (Web site addresses) often change unpredictably. If any of the given URL’s fail to work, do searches with names of organizations combined with relevant key words.”

    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!

    Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

    June 5th, 2019

     

    It’s Wednesday, June 5, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

    (languagearts.pppst.com/index.html)

    Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

     

    The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

    When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes: 

    • Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
    • Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, etc.
    • Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
    • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
    • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
    • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
    • Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.
    • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.

    Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

    But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. See for yourself using the menu on the left.

    This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

    Virtually Sail Aboard USS Constitution

    May 31st, 2019

     

    It’s Friday, May 31, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    All Hands on Deck

    (www.allhandsondeck.org/)

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

     

    Take a multi-media learning adventure aboard the USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) that incorporates language arts, reading, math, science, art, and social studies. Lessons are categorized by grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

    When you get to the landing page of the website, we recommend that you watch the companion video (19 minutes long) that provides a sort of virtual field trip into the ship’s past. In the movie, a modern day ship visitor named Julie steps into a time-warp and meets characters from the ship’s past who tell their stories revealing the history and legacy of the USS Constitution.

    Note: To download and watch the video, when you get to the website’s landing page, click on “Set Sail” and a new page opens. Click on “Table of Contents” and then click on “Video” on the left side of the screen. 

    After watching the video, use the “Table of Contents” to explore the free curriculum that covers the USS Constitution‘s construction, the crew, and life aboard a 19th century warship. Discover the teamwork required to sail the ship and engage in battle.

    The online curriculum has lessons and activities that require students to solve math problems, make maps and diagrams, and write essays and poems. You’ll find suggestions for getting started, vocabulary helpers, activity sheets to print out, and much more. You’ll also find: 

    • Recommended Resources – Get recommendations for further reading, fun field trips, movies, music, and games, and a list of items to have on hand.
    • Scuttlebutt – Enjoy humorous tales and interesting historical facts and anecdotes to extend the lessons.

    This tribute to the legacy of the USS Constitution is designed for classroom use, but can be tweaked to suit any homeschool environment.

    Free Interactive Writing Prompts & Lessons

    May 1st, 2019

     

    It’s Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    WritingFix

    (writingfix.com/)

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

     

    This website provides all kinds of free, interactive writing prompts, lessons, and resources designed to inspire a passion for writing

    As explained at the site, it has “strategically designed lessons to help ‘fix’ teachers who don’t enjoy teaching writing.”

    It was designed for classroom teachers and students, but can be easily adapted for use in the homeschool environment. There is so much content at this site, that a brief review can hardly do it justice. So, we’ll focus on a few aspects, and leave it to you to explore the rest on your own.

    The first thing you should know is that there is a lot going on at this site – so much so, that it can be a little overwhelming. Our advice is to visit the site when you really have some time to sort through what’s available. There is both “free content” and some “fee content” on the site. 

    When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and some featured items. Place your cursor over the menu on the left to see the drop-down list of options for each menu item that includes: 

    • Writing Prompts – Get a variety of quick and easy prompts for kids that will inspire daily writing. Most are interactive that require you to fill in blanks or click on buttons to generate some ideas.
    • Mentor Text Lessons – Get free writing lessons for grades K-12 themed around picture books, chapter books, literature excerpts, poetry, short stories, and even popular song lyrics!
    • And so much more!

    As we mentioned, there is much more available for you to review on your own. It may be easier to just sign up to have the FREE writing lesson emailed to you each month. To do that, click on the link under “Free Monthly Lessons” on the left margin of the homepage.

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