# Telescopes, Black Holes and More!

June 25th, 2019

It’s Tuesday, June 25, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

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

Today’s website is courtesy of the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute that promotes “the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community.”

When you get to the homepage, you will see “Resources by Topic”. Or use the menu to the right of it to explore this site that includes:

• Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of topics including: the force of gravity; comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes; planning a Hubble servicing mission; the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern observatories; and more!
• The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news about the Hubble telescope.
• Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.

Then at the bottom, check out: Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia. You can also get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.

# Free KenKen Math Puzzles!

May 6th, 2019

It’s Monday, May 6, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

KenKen Math Puzzles

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website provides free KenKen math puzzles. What’s a KenKen? It’s a logic puzzle that mixes a Sudoku puzzle and arithmetic.

It was invented by a Japanese mathematics instructor, Tetsuya Miyamoto. His goal was to improve his students’ math and logic skills. As explained at the website:

“KenKen is a grid-based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division-while also challenging your logic and problem-solving skills. By altering the size of a KENKEN grid, from 3 x 3 up to 9 x 9, and employing different combinations of the math operations, five different difficulty levels can be generated, and a seemingly endless number of puzzles. In a way, KenKen is like a game of chess: The more you think ahead to your next move and consider all the possible outcomes, the better you’ll get-and the smarter you’ll become!”

When you get to the website you’ll see the puzzles of the day. If you’re unfamiliar with KenKen, click on “How To Play” on the menu at the top of the page. You’ll not only read an explanation of how to play, but you can follow a step-by-step tutorial. Then, test your skills with the daily puzzles.

Bookmark the site to return each day for the daily puzzles, or sign up (as a teacher) to receive the free newsletter and a set of KenKens will be emailed to you weekly.

# Free Spanish Lessons and Games

May 4th, 2019

It’s Saturday, May 4, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

OnlineFreeSpanish

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website offers engaging, FREE, introductory Spanish lessons for children and their parents that includes games, activities, printable coloring pages, and worksheets!

When you get to the site you’ll see currently featured activities, followed by an icon menu that includes:

• Levels 1-4 – Enjoy Spanish lessons that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, parts of the human face, fruits, pets, bugs, geometrical shapes, holidays, and more. Click on any level, then any lesson icon and a new page opens where you can watch an animated video lesson. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the correct pronunciation of words as they come up on the screen.
• Print – Choose from an assortment of fun printable materials that reinforce learning the lessons. There’s a picture dictionary, word search puzzle, and coloring pages of farm animals, fruits, bugs, numbers, and more.
• Tablets – Content for iPad and Android tablets that teach Spanish numbers, colors, and so much more.

Back on the home page, you’ll find the Spanish Word of the Day and Today’s Date. Then scroll further down to find the interactive games listed by category. You can also sign up to receive the free newsletter that will keep you updated on “new activities and games, tips, and other free cool stuff.”

# Bedtime Math!

January 7th, 2019

It’s Monday, January 7, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Bedtime Math

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-4 approximately, with parental participation and supervision)

What an ingenious idea! This website, created by Laura Overdeck, provides a free, daily, Bedtime Math Problem that helps parents give kids a fun opportunity “to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.”

As explained at the website, the Bedtime Math Problem aims to be “fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep. In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.”

You can get your free, daily Bedtime Math Problem directly from the website, harvest it from their Facebook page, or you can subscribe to the daily newsletter that delivers it to your email inbox. (See details at the website.) Each BMP offers three levels of challenge to be used as a rough guideline:

• Wee Ones for preschool kids
• Little Kids for children in grades K-2
• Big Kids for children in grades 3 and up

This is not a math curriculum, and there’s no one right way to use it. It’s simply a fun idea to help parents and kids enjoy math in small daily doses.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the most recent Bedtime Math Problems posted on the home page. When we visited, there were fun math problems themed around:

• Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
• Words That Make You Cross-eyed
• Snowballs in Siberia
• Owls
• And many more!

Each math story-problem is presented in a fun way that incorporates a little science and history and a lot of humor. They are designed to engage children’s interest immediately. All of the BMPs are archived at the website. You can check out their apps as well.

# Learn to Draw

August 18th, 2018

It’s Saturday, August 18, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Easy Drawing Guides

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

This ad-supported website provides oodles of step-by-step drawing tutorials for animals, plants, cartoon characters and more. Most of the tutorials include video and online instruction.

The homepage provides some topical samples of the lessons with “See More” links under the categories including:

• Popular Drawing Ideas – cartoon flowers, a horse head, cartoon characters and much more
• Latest Easy Drawing Tutorials – Find the most recent tutorials here.
• How to Draw Animals – dogs, cats, forest creatures and other mammals, birds, fish and sea life, fantasy creatures and more
• How to Draw Cartoons – T.V. characters, Star Wars, Disney, Japanese manga, super heroes, and more
• How to Draw Flowers – from daisies to sunflowers and everything in between as well as trees, bushes, fruit and vegetables
• How to Draw People – characters, body parts and more
• How to Draw Things – food, instruments, transportation, buildings and all kinds of random things
• Other Drawing Guides – things that may not have fit into other categories such as emojis, symbols, landscapes, weather and much more

Visitors can browse the collections or use the search engine to see if there is a tutorial for something specific. Drawing lessons also include texts about the subject.

If you subscribe to their newsletter you will receive a PDF Learn to Draw Animals ebook as well as the ability to download the lessons.

# Free “Citizen Science” Projects for You

April 10th, 2018

It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

SciStarter

Age Range: 6 and up (Grade 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

This website provides an archive of  “Citizen Scientist” projects that you and your kids can do at home to help researchers gather information on bees, birds, crickets, storms, solar energy, microbiomes, and much, much more.

You’ll learn all about science as you take part in both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts that make science simple and fun for the whole family.

At the top of the site, you’ll see that April 14, 2018 is Citizen Science Day! See if there are any events near you.

Or scroll down to see the featured projects. You can also “Find a Project” by location and topic. Select a subject of interest such as: animals, astronomy  space, birds, chemistry, climate & weather, food, health & medicine, insects & pollinators, nature & outdoors, physics, etc. Click on any item on the drop-down menu and a new page opens with a list of projects currently available in that category. You can do an advanced search from the next screen that allows you to filter for:

• Projects you can do online, outdoors, indoors
• Projects suitable for different age groups

And you can even filter for projects that have classroom materials available.