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Good News from the creator of VeggieTales®: A FREE DVD for kids about the story of Jesus

January 13th, 2015

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Virtual Visit to Shroud of Turin Exhibit

March 30th, 2002

Recommended Website:
View the Shroud of Turin

Because it is Easter weekend, I thought that this site would be of interest. It offers virtual viewing of the Shroud of Turin, the linen cloth that has the imprinted image of the front and back of a crucified man. Many believe it to be the linen that Jesus’ body was wrapped in — and that the image is of Jesus. This site offers historical, religious, and scientific explanations and information about the shroud.

When you get to the site you will see four choices on the menu that will be in the center of your screen. Click on “Reading the Shroud.” A new page appears with what seems to be an indecipherable picture of the shroud and a short bit of text below it with three links: Sheet, Image, and Negative. Click on “Image” for the best view and explanation of each section of the shroud. When you are through, click on the other options that include a photographic negative of the shroud that shows uncanny detail. Then, go back to the main menu to click on “A Difficult Piece” that explains the history of the shroud.

At the main menu, you will notice another menu that is on the left of the screen. The second item contains options that offer biblical and artistic references and depictions of Christ — with many artistic icons, paintings, and sculptures rendered by famous artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo, Chagall, El Greco, Durer, and more. It is a virtual gallery of religious art, and another great feature about this site.

Again, this site does offer religious, historical, and scientific perspectives about the Shroud of Turin that creates a real learning opportunity for your family to explore together.

Virtual Tour of Jerusalem

March 29th, 2002

Recommended Website:
Virtual Jerusalem Tour

Passover and Easter celebrations, and the news of current world events, highlight the city of Jerusalem. At this site you can see beautiful pictures of the historic gates and holy places of Jerusalem, view each of the beautiful stained glass windows created by artist Marc Chagall for a synagogue in Jerusalem, and take a virtual tour of ancient and modern Jerusalem through a virtual project called the Jerusalem Mosaic.

As described at the website, Jerusalem is…

“…the city of David, who unified the Land of Israel and proclaimed Jerusalem the capital in the tenth century BCE. It is the city of Solomon’s Temple, and the city where the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah uttered thoughts which influenced the moral and religious attitudes of half the human race. This was the scene of Jesus’ last ministry, and where he was crucified. This is a city held holy by the Muslim, who believe that Muhammad ascended to heaven in Jerusalem.

In its antiquity, its tumultuous past, its holiness, its monuments associated with the giant biblical figures of distant ages, in the sheer enchantment of its location and the colorful pattern of its daily life, Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Israel, is perhaps the most dramatic city in the world.”

Enjoy your virtual visit to Jerusalem.

History of Christmas Traditions

December 20th, 2000

Continuing with our Holiday Curriculum…

Recommended Website:
How Christmas Works — The Complete Guide to Christmas Traditions

Click Schooling is indebted to list member, June Dodge, who forwarded this as a potential site to be featured at Click Schooling. (We encourage all of you to do the same!)

This site provides historical explanations of the many Christmas traditions we incorporate into our lives at this time of year. From a discussion of “Was December 25th the actual birthdate of Jesus?” to providing an answer to the question, “Why is there an evergreen tree in my living room?” — this site offers some interesting food for thought about things we take for granted like holly, Christmas stockings, sitting on Santa’s lap, and even the spelling of Christmas as XMAS.

The whole family will enjoy hearing the history behind the traditions — it would even make for an interesting trivia game to play with the relatives on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day!

History Through Poinsettias & Mistletoe

December 14th, 2000

Continuing with our Holiday Curriculum…

Recommended Websites:

Today we have 2 website recommendations:


Did you know that an ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel Robert Poinsett, brought the first Poinsettia to this country from Mexico in 1828? (Legend has it that a Mexican boy had no gift for the Christ child. As he knelt to pray, a beautiful flower grew next to him. He gave it to Jesus. That flowering plant later became known as a Poinsettia.) At this site you will find more historical information on Poinsettias along with a picture and horticulture tips on growing Poinsettia.


Ancient Celtic people hung Mistletoe over their doors to ward off evil spirits during the dark time of year (Winter). Visit this site to see a picture of Mistletoe and to learn more about its historical significance and its botanical properties.

Tuesday – Science (last issue until Jan 3, 2000)

December 21st, 1999

Hi! It’s Tuesday and time for Science at ClickSchooling.

Just for fun, I thought I pass along the Science Curriculum based on things associated with the holidays that we published in Homefires~The Journal of Homeschooling last year. You and the kids might get a kick out of this, and it’s nice to see that learning is all around you — even in traditional holiday fare.

This is the last issue of ClickSchooling until January 3rd. Wishing all of you a peaceful and healthy New Year!

The Physics of Santa Claus — Consider this from the National Association of Scholars 1997 newsletter:

To appreciate what Santa accomplishes, understand that he travels 75.5 million miles all in 31 hours, thanks to the many time zones and Earth’s rotation. There are 2 billion children under 18 in the world and if you assume (as NAS does) that Santa does not deliver to those who are Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist — that leaves 378 million who may expect a visit from Santa. The world census figures place 3.5 children in each household. So Santa must visit 91.8 million homes — that’s 822.6 houses per second. That gives him 1/1,000th of a second to land the reindeer on a roof, jump down the chimney, distribute the goodies, chomp on some cookies, and move on. His sleigh must move 650 miles per second — 3,000 times the speed of sound.

NAS says the average Christmas gift (say, Legos or a Barbie Doll) weighs 2 pounds — that means the sleigh leaves Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole carrying 321,300 tons of gifts. NAS estimates a normal reindeer can pull 300 pounds — but assumes Santa’s Super-Reindeer can pull 10 times that amount. Even so, Santa will need 214,200 reindeer to do the job. That herd of deer increases the weight on your roof to 353,430 tons (better reinforce if you’re expecting the Jolly One).

Not only that, but air resistance from 353,430 tons traveling 650 miles per second generates terrific heat, so the two lead reindeer absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second which causes them to spontaneously combust. They burst into flames as do the next 214,198 reindeer in 4.26 thousandths of a second.

Santa probably doesn’t notice as the deafening sonic booms and centrifugal forces that are 17,500 times the force of gravity have probably disoriented him. Santa is thrust into the back of his sleigh with 4,315,015 pounds of force. NAS isn’t sure anyone could survive, much less deliver gifts, in such conditions.

Interestingly, children throughout the world could care less about NAS’ scientific speculation — because they believe in magic. (Which is another discussion entirely. See how one topic springboards to another?)

Holiday Baking & Fermentation — Baking is Chemistry. Discuss the chemical reactions that take place during the baking process. What is yeast and why does it make things “grow”? Don’t forget to make the most of your baking flops — explain why the meringue separated, and why the fudge is as hard as a rock. The Chemistry of fermentation is a good subject for those who brew their own Root Beer and other holiday beverages. Don’t forget the science experiments that you’ll find growing in Tupperware containers at the back of the fridge when the holidays are over. J

Christmas Trees — can lead to a discussion of Forestry and land management. According to Starcross Trees and Wreaths of Annapolis, California, the first recorded Christmas tree retail lot was set up in 1851 by a Pennsylvanian named Mark Carr who hauled 2 ox sleds loaded with Balsam fir trees from his land in the Catskills to the sidewalks of New York. Nowadays, most trees are grown on farms where they provide environmental benefits by serving as a wildlife habitat, and increasing soil stability. It takes 5-16 years for a tree to grow into a well-shaped 6-8 foot marketable tree.

Poinsettias, Mistletoe and Bulbs. Did you know that an ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel Robert Poinsett, brought the first Poinsettia to this country from Mexico in 1828? (Legend has it that a Mexican boy had no gift for the Christ child. As he knelt to pray, a beautiful flower grew next to him. He gave it to Jesus. That flowering plant later became known as a Poinsettia.) As for Mistletoe, ancient Celtic people hung it over their doors to ward off evil spirits during the dark time of year (Winter). Well, we just covered History, now for Botany. Discuss the parts of plants. Chart plant growth with this idea from homeschool mom, Peggy Henson.

Activity: Grow Amaryillis. Purchase a bulb and plant it in a pot. It will begin to grow almost as soon as you start to water it. It grows to a height of about 3 feet and blooms into a lily-looking flower in just 4 weeks.

Wrapping Paper — Recycle it for a study of Ecology and Conservation. Don’t forget to compost the tree!

The Star of Bethlehem — astronomy is a natural link-up to this event, which has been explained by some astronomers as a convergence of the planet Jupiter and another celestial body. Don’t forget that the annual Geminids Meteor Shower occurs in mid-December.

Snowflakes — seasonal weather patterns and cold temperatures along with snow, clouds, and rain, can lead to a discussion of Meteorology and the science of crystals. Utilize a Barometer and talk about Wind Chill.

Diane Keith
Homefires~The Journal of Homeschooling

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