Posts Tagged ‘play’

Summer Reading Programs with Freebies for Kids

June 24th, 2020

It’s Wednesday, June 24, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

(www.barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading/_/N-2m39)

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

 

Summer is here and many companies offer National Summer Reading Programs where kids can earn prizes for reading books!

When you get to the site, you’ll see Barnes & Noble’s 100 Books of Summer and more. Their contest for Grades 1-6 is: Read 8 books, record them in a free “Reading Journal,” and earn a FREE book! The journal is provided for free – scroll down under “Gift with Purchase” and click on “Learn More” in the “Summer Reading Giveaway…” box.

Camp BOOK IT! (New for 2020)

From June through August, kids who were in grades K-6 in the 2019-2020 school year, and who meet the challenge to meet their monthly reading goal, can win a Personal Pan Pizza from PizzaHut. The site also includes activities and book recommendations.

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza

Kids in Grades K-12 can sign up for Home Base where they keep track of their reading streaks, play games, and more. Reading streaks earn rewards and help unlock a donation of 100,000 books through United Way to kids in areas with limited or no access to books.

Don’t forget that many public libraries offer Summer Reading Programs where kids can win prizes too. Contact your local library for more information.

Free Educational Songs!

June 20th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, June 20, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Educational Songs

(www.education.com/songs/)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers almost 50 free songs that teach math and language arts. NOTE: You must join Education.com (for free) to access the activities.

The math topics include: 

  • Number Sense
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Measurement
  • Time
  • Data and Graphing
  • Geometry
  • Word Problems

The Language Arts topics include Reading, Writing and Grammar.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices. Scroll over the topic of interest to see the title, a short explanation, the grade level and topic. Click on the one you want and play the song!

Yo-Yo Math!

June 1st, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 1, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Yo-Yo Math!

(www.barrbunch.com/coverupgames/yoyo.pdf)

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

 

Saturday, June 6th is National Yo-Yo Day! It’s also the birthday of yo-yo manufacturer Donald F. Duncan. Here are some fun ways to celebrate with some Yo-Yo-themed math activities and more.

The link above takes you directly to the pdf where you can download and print a Yo-Yo Math Mat. Hang on — there’s more to this site than just the Yo-Yo mat, so read all the way through this review. 

Once you print out the Yo-Yo Math Mat, use it to play a math game with your child(ren). You will need a math mat for each player, at least one die, and tokens (pennies or poker chips work). Let’s say you were going to play a game of number recognition from 1-6. Give each child a math mat and tokens. Each child takes turns rolling the die. If the child(ren) can identify the number on the die, then he/she covers one yo-yo design on the mat. Continue until someone fills all of the squares on the mat. Older or more math-savvy children could roll 2 die and add the numbers together, or multiply the numbers. Those that get the correct answer would cover their yo-yos with tokens.

These mats can also be used to practice letters, sight words, and punctuation marks, etc. It just depends on the ability level and interest of the child. You’ll find all kinds of math mats at this site for just about every topic imaginable. The main math mat page is here.

After doing your math homework, it’s time for some Yo-Yo fun!

Yomega.com: Learn Cool Tricks

At this site you can watch videos that demonstrate popular tricks like “Walk the Dog” or “Shoot the Moon.” Kids can improve coordination and dexterity by trying these Yo-Yo techniques. Yo-Yo ability varies from kid to kid. These tricks look geared for ages 9 and up. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine suitability for your own child.)

Make a Chinese Paper Yo-Yo

A Chinese Paper Yo-Yo may be easier for a young child to use. This site provides instructions on how to make your own.

Guess That Song

May 30th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, May 30, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Travel Games & Activities

(www.artistshelpingchildren.org/travel-games-activities.html)

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

 

Play a ‘Guess That Song’ game – and more – when traveling on long car rides or trips on a bus, train, or plane!

On this website, you’ll find an assortment of free travel games and much more including: 

  • Name That Song
  • Animal Counting Game
  • I’m Going On A Trip And I’m Bringing…
  • Funny Story Telling Game
  • Funny Poem Game
  • Spelling Bee Contest
  • Guess The Number
  • Alliteration Words Game
  • Colors Game
  • Car Color Game
  • 20 Questions
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors

Then, explore the rest of the site where you’ll find free arts and crafts indexed by theme, holiday, or alphabetically and other activities and resources such as paper folding, drawing lessons, and coloring pages.

Free Human-Read Audio Books

May 27th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Librivox

(tinyurl.com/jvgbw8v)

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

 

Now that the weather outside is getting nicer here in the Northern Hemisphere, send the kids outside with some audio books! They can perch in a tree, skip rope, start a garden, have a little picnic, or even play hopscotch while listening to these wonderful classics.

Or keep a supply of titles handy for those days when you’re unable to read to them. With hundreds of completed works listed under the “Children’s Fiction” or “Children’s Non-Fiction”categories, there is more than an entire year’s worth of bedtime stories and read-alouds here, including the works of such well-known authors as: 

  • Aesop (Fables)
  • Alcott, Louisa May (Eight CousinsLittle Women, etc.)
  • Baum, L. Frank (Oz books)
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson (Little Lord FauntleroyLittle PrincessSecret Garden, etc.)
  • Carroll, Lewis (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, etc.)
  • Collodi, Carlo (Adventures of Pinocchio, available in English and Italian!)
  • And many, many more.

Click any title to see a brief synopsis before downloading/listening. But that’s not all! Parents may like to browse the other categories as well: 

  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Biography
  • History
  • Spy Stories
  • Teen/Young Adult
  • and many others

This site can be searched for a specific book by title and author as well.

Note: There is an overlap between these books and the ones you would find in Project Gutenberg or Archive.org. This is because Librivox allows both of these sites to house their entire collection of completed works. However, Librivox maintains the best-catalogued and most easily searchable list of these titles. Also, only Librivox itself includes a brief synopsis for each completed title, lists the works currently in progress, allows you to request email notification upon completion of desired books in progress, allows you to request specific titles, and allows you to participate in the recording and editing process and their lively forum as well.

Additional Note: This review focuses on the “Children’s” books. The rest of this site is not specifically geared for children, so parental preview and guidance is, as always, advised. Books are continually being added to this collection, so bookmark it and return often.

NOTE: As always, parents should help select material appropriate for each child.

Dinosaurs for Kids

May 12th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, May 12, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dinosaurs for Kids

(www.kids-dinosaurs.com/)

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

 

There is just something about dinosaurs that really appeals to children. This Google-ad-supported website offers all kinds of free information on dinosaurs – and it’s designed just for kids. (Non-readers will need assistance. Aspects of this site will appeal to older students and adults as well.)

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Then use the menu on the left side of the page to view:  

  • Top Dinosaurs
  • Dino Facts
  • Fun

The site features early dinosaurs, large and small meat eaters, plant eaters, bird-footed dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs and more! Play an assortment of dinosaur-themed games. Print and trace your very own dinosaur. And more!

This site holds lots of virtual treasures for your family’s budding paleontologist.

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