Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Typing Program for Kids 8-11

March 16th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, March 16, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dance Mat Typing

(www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

The BBC offers this free touch-typing program for children ages 8-11 using a multi-media format that includes animations, sound, and lots of interactive exercises. 

When you get to the site you’ll see there are four introductory levels. Each level is divided into three stages. 

Simply begin with Level 1 and work at your own pace to develop your skills through Level 4. 

This comes from the Computing/Information Technology portion of the BBC Bitesize website. After Dance Mat Typing, try: 

  • What is a database?
  • How to create digital video and audio
  • What makes a good webpage
  • How do you make a good app
  • Creating and understanding charts
  • What are input and output devices
  • How do digital images work

Online Games to Explore the Arts

March 14th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, March 14, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artsology

(www.artsology.com/)

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

 

Artsology was created by a musician to expose kids to a variety of art, music and culture in order to open their minds to different thoughts and ideas. The website offers free online games about the arts, along with investigations into visual arts and music.

When you get to the website you’ll see some featured games, investigations, and printables. Use the menu at the top of the screen to explore the site that includes: 

  • Art Games: Play online games and learn about major figures in art.
  • ArtsEd Resources: Art Investigations and more – Enjoy simple yet informative activities that will expand your knowledge of the arts.
  • Art Videos – Watch Pablo Picasso draw and an introduction to snow globe art.
  • And more!

Artsology is a fantastic resource for fun learning about the arts for people of all ages! We were only able to review some of the games and activities on the site, so parents, as always, should preview and supervise use of the website.

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

March 11th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/languages/words/introduction/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes: 

  • World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.
  • Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English Bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.
  • Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”?  This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
  • Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.
  • Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.
  • And more!

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

Free Educational Video Shows

March 10th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Trek

(sciencetrek.org/)

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

 

Idaho Public Television sponsors this site that provides archives of free educational video shows and compatible resources to help kids learn about history and science.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured video, currently Geology. Then use the right hand menu to view topics such as: 

  • Ages Past
  • Animals
  • Earth Science
  • Environment
  • Human Body
  • Science Fundamentals
  • Space
  • Technology
  • And more!

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you can watch or download the full show, or a short video clip. Be sure to click on the tabs at the top of the page to access terrific facts, links to further learning, games, resources for teachers and more.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 11th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, February 11, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 14-17, 2020.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to The Great Backyard Birdcount website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.com. Use a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

Valentine Math with Candy

February 10th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, February 10, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

14 Sweet Activities with Candy Hearts

(tinyurl.com/tee3hr6)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Here are some Valentine’s Day math activities for you and your kids to enjoy using candy from a top teaching blog according to Scholastic.

You’ll need a box of conversation candy hearts to use this classroom activity for learning: 

  • Skip Counting
  • Place Value
  • Patterns
  • Graphing
  • Estimation
  • Measurement
  • STEM
  • and more

At the top of the page it says this activity is for grades PreK-5, but this activity can be easiliy tweaked for older children as well.

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