# Yo-Yo Math!

June 1st, 2020

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

Recommended Website:

Yo-Yo Math!

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.

# Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation Resources

May 13th, 2020

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

ThoughtCo. – English

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

If you haven’t checked it out, ThoughtCo. is a wonderful resource for just about anything you can imagine. It is “one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online.”

Today we are focusing on Language Arts. When you get to the website, you have a choice of English Grammar or Writing. There are lists and articles including:

• How to Choose the Right Word
• 13 of the Longest Words in the English Language
• The Most Beautiful-Sounding Words in English
• A Guide to Deep Reading
• 11 Quick Tips to Improve Your Writing
• Guidelines for Using Capital Letters
• 4 Rules for Using Commas Effectively
• How To Organize a Descriptive Paragraph

And so much more!

# Free “File Folder” Language Arts Activities

October 9th, 2019

It’s Wednesday, October 9, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

File Folder Fun – Language Arts

Age Range: 4-8 (Grades PreK-3, with parental supervision)

This site offers free, printable file folder games and activities for young children.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the grade you are interested in and click on the link for the Language Arts related activities. Or to make it easier, we have listed some of the links below:

The activities at this site are for younger children, but older children may enjoy preparing them for their siblings.

(While there are a variety of free file folder activities at this commercial site, there are many more available for sale.)

When you are through exploring the Language Arts activities, check out the Math, Science, and Social Studies activities. There is so much at this site, so bookmark it to return often!

# Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 5th, 2019

It’s Wednesday, June 5, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes:

• Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
• Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, etc.
• Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
• Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
• Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
• Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
• Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.
• Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.

But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. See for yourself using the menu on the left.

# Grammar and writing articles!

May 8th, 2019

It’s Wednesday, May 8, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Essortment

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

This massive website has hundreds of articles on a variety of topics. Today we will focus on some of the Language Arts articles.

The content of the FREE articles is quite useful. Here are some of the topics:

• How To Use The Semicolon Properly
• How To Write Song Lyrics
• Effectively Writing A Complaint Letter
• How To Improve Writing Skills With Writing Exercises
• The Eight Parts Of Speech
• Grammar & Punctuation: Proper Use Of The Colon
• Emily Dickinson Poem Analysis
• And more!

Each article is short and to the point, making this a great reference site for any kind of writing assignment or endeavor. NOTE: Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine the suitability of content.

# Free Writing Tutorials

April 10th, 2019

It’s Wednesday, April 10, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Fact Monster: Homework Center-Writing

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

Here you will find free writing tutorials on topics from basic sentence structure to paragraphs, essays, book reports, biographies, research papers, and term papers. The tutorials are delivered through simple-to-read text that include clear and instructive samples.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of items to browse including:

• Essays – Learn how to select a topic, organize your ideas, write a first draft, revise the work, and proofread the final draft.
• Writing Different Types of Essays – Learn how to structure your writing for Narrative, Descriptive, Persuasive, Cause and effect, and Comparison and Contrast Essays.
• How to Write a Biography
• How to Write a Book Report
• How to Write a Research Paper – Learn to select a topic, discover how to research to find sources of information, take notes, organize ideas, write a first draft, revise, proofread, and use footnotes and endnotes. Plagiarism is defined here as well.
• How to Write a Letter – Includes instruction on personal letters, thank you notes, a letter of complaint and more.
• How to Write a Speech – Find out how to write speeches that inform, persuade, and entertain.
• Spelling & Grammar – Includes lessons on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, sentence structure, parts of speech, subject and predicate, dangling modifiers, mixed metaphors, split infinitives, and more.

This is a great reference website not only for writing, but for every subject. Look around and you’ll see what we mean. Make it a “favorite” to return often.