Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Explorer Hernando DeSoto – Videos & Activity Book

August 1st, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 1, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hernando DeSoto in America Movies

(fcit.usf.edu/florida/movies/soto/soto.htm)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

The University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology offer a free series of QuickTime movies that are reenactments of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto’s exploration of Florida, which he claimed for Spain in 1539.

The seven QuickTime movies add up to twenty minutes of engaging information, presented in documentary style, that brings to life the story of the Spanish exploration of the Southeast United States from 1539 to 1542.

When you’re through watching the movies you can explore the rest of the site that contains more information on the history of Florida by clicking on “Main” at the top of the page.

Then, be sure to check out the DeSoto National Memorial website (courtesy of the National Park Service). It offers additional information on DeSoto and the history of Florida. Also, you can download a free Junior Ranger Activity Book on DeSoto with challenging activities in math, writing, reading, and science here. It was designed for students 6-12 years old, but may be of interest to your entire family.

Note: This is a big file and may take a minute or two to download. If it doesn’t work for some reason, click on the “Learn About the Park” on the DeSoto National Memorial website in the paragraph above, then “Kids & Youth,” then “Be a Junior Ranger.”

Highlights Magazine Activities Online

July 31st, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 31, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Highlights Kids

(https://www.highlightskids.com/)

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

 

Highlights Magazine sponsors this website that features free activities to build language arts skills while covering multiple subjects such as science, history, social studies, and more.

It also features the beloved “Hidden Picture” activity that you may remember from your own youthful experience with Highlights – and that your children are sure to enjoy. 

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured activities. You can scroll through those or use the menu at the top to find: 

  • Activities – crafts and recipes
  • Jokes – jokes and quizzes
  • Games – Hidden Pictures and Unscramble
  • Explore – science questions and experiments
  • and more

Did we mention “Hidden Pictures”? It’s a lot of fun to play online! You’ll enjoy it – and so will your kids!

Meet CryoSat, Envisat, Rosetta, Columbus, and more!

July 30th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 30, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

European Space Agency Kids Page

(www.esa.int/kids/en/learn)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

So you know a lot about astronauts, satellites, and space probes? On this European Space Agency (ESA) website for kids, you may be surprised not to find mention of American spacecraft such as Endeavor, Galileo, Voyager, Pioneer, and Challenger. In their place, meet CryoSat, Envisat, Rosetta, Columbus, Ariane-5 and more!

There is no mention of John Glenn, Sally Ride, or Neil Armstrong; the heroes here include such greats as Vladimir Remek, Miroslav Hermaszewski, Samantha Cristoforetti, Andreas Mogensen, Christer Fugelsang, and Timothy Peake. Move over, NASA — make room for the ESA! You will definitely learn something new and different at this website! 

When you get to the site you will see some features. Use the menu toward the top of your screen to explore topics such as: 

  • Our Universe
  • Life in Space
  • Technology

As you click each main topic, you will see a related photo; click on it to learn all about the planets, galaxies, space stations, life in space and more. 

From the main page you will also see a menu at the top: 

  • News
  • Things To Do
  • Multimedia
  • Teachers
  • And more

These sections contain interesting facts, activities, things to build, a competition, news items, and more.

There is too much here to explore in one visit. Bookmark it so you can come back often!

Math at Play Kids Games

July 29th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, July 29, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PlayKidsGames.com – Math Games

(www.playkidsgames.com/mathGames.htm)

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

 

At this website, you’ll find a variety of fun, interactive games designed to help kids learn and practice their math skills.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that include:

  • Space Shuttle Launch: You chose whether to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a random assortment of them all. You also get to choose your level: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Every time you answer a math question correctly, you get to watch your rocket ship launch successfully and reach the moon.
  • Save the Math Apples: Answer the math questions correctly and the monkey can get the apples safely across the river. One misstep, though, and the hungry crocodile gets a snack!
  • Seahorse Counting: Count the seahorses and click on the correct corresponding number. Great for young children learning to recognize their numbers.
  • Robot Calculator: Type in the correct answers to the math questions that appear on the calculator screen to make your robot very happy.
  • Math Pinball: Shoot the ball and hit it with the paddles; watch it bounce all around inside the pinball machine. Each time the pinball successfully ricochets off of the components of a math question, you need to answer it correctly before you can continue the game. Complete with sound effects.
  • Calculator Quizzer: The questions appear vertically (in the Robot Calculator they appear horizontally).

But that’s not all! There are other subjects also available at this site. Just click on the button of your choice at the top including: 

  • Alphabet
  • Memory
  • Vocabulary
  • Geography
  • Arts

And more!


NOTE: You’ll need Flash and/or Java installed to play the games. 

Children’s Literature Quizzes

July 17th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 17, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunTrivia: Quizzes – Books for Kids

(www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/for_children/books_for_kids.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find many online, interactive quizzes based upon children’s literature.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that you can use to find quizzes according to book series, book author, young adult books, and a general literature category that includes quizzes on fairy tales and more. Don’t let the sparse menu on the landing page fool you – there are tons of quizzes on just about every children’s book imaginable.

Click on a category and a new page opens with a large menu of quizzes. Choose the quiz that interests you – and another page opens where you can select what format you want to take the quiz in – html or timed. Make your selection, and a new page opens where the quiz begins.

It’s fun to test your knowledge and memory of various story lines and characters that you have met in books! That said; parents have different criteria for what is suitable in terms of children’s literature. Therefore, as always, parents should preview this site before exploring it with your children.

Note: There are innumerable quizzes on many subjects at this site. We have only reviewed the Children’s Literature section for ClickSchooling. Again, parents should preview this site before exploring it with children.

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!

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