Posts Tagged ‘traditions’

Christmas Traditions Around the World

December 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 22, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas Traditions Around the World

(www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.htm)

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

 

Discover the multitude of Christmas traditions from all over the world with this page from the larger Santas.net website.

Learn: 

  • What is Twelfth Day, Sinterklass Eve, Ganna, Kwanzaa, Carols by Candlelight, the Little Feast, and other winter holidays
  • Who are Viejito Pascuero, Christkind, Pere Noel, Lan Khoong, Nisse, Julebukk and Father Christmas
  • What happens at Christmas in Bethlehem
  • What dates are Christmas holidays observed in other countries
  • What types of food are eaten especially for Christmas
  • How to say “Merry Christmas” in different languages
  • And much more.

With over 70 countries to explore, this website makes a great addition to your geography studies around the holidays.

The History of Pasta

July 14th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 14, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pasta for All – History of Pasta

(www.pastaforall.info/wordpress/history-of-pasta/)

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

 

In recognition of Macaroni Day, today’s website explores the history of pasta and much more.

When arriving at the link, read the interesting story about the origins of pasta. Then use the upper menu to discover more. Hover over the “What is Pasta?” to find interesting: 

  • Pasta Fun Facts
  • Scientific findings about the health benefits of pasta
  • Pasta traditions and food facts from around the world.

Discover “The Truth About Pasta” to learn more interesting facts about its health benefits and how pasta is good for the earth. Learn more about “Nutritional Information” and dig into tempting “Recipes” from around the world.

In the “Resources” section, not only can you read the “Pasta for All” digital magazine, but also find the “Pasta for Children Around the World” curriculum with lessons, information, and recipes that can be easily integrated into your history and geography studies.

This website provides a delicious twist to add to your homeschool day.

Discover Christmas Around the World and More

December 10th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, December 10, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Why Christmas?

(www.whychristmas.com/)

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

 

Created by James Cooper from the UK, this kid friendly website explores all things Christmas.

When arriving at this cheerfully colorful website, use the links in the upper menu to select from: 

  • Christmas Traditions and Customs – Learn all about when the Christmas season is celebrated, the traditions of candles, candy canes, Christmas cards, carols, mistletoe, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, and Father Christmas and so much more
  • Christmas Around the World – Discover how Christmas is celebrated in countries around the world
  • The Christmas Story – Read, listen, and/or watch the Christmas story. Includes a downloadable comic book version, an interactive visual version, and more
  • Christmas Fun and Activities – Activities include an online Christmas tree to decorate, a nativity scene to build either online or downloadable, word searches and a crossword puzzle, Christmas desktop wallpaper, and loads of other creative and fun activities

After browsing through all that is available, be sure to add to your fun by selecting the “Christmas Karaoke” image on the home page. You will be taken to another website (tistheseasonto.be) where you and your family can sing-along to over 50 Christmas Carols and songs.

Merry Christmas!

Latin/Greek Root Word Holiday Puzzles!

December 17th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 17, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MyVocabulary.com: Holiday Tradition Puzzles

 

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1-12, approximately, with adult supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of language arts activities for elementary, middle, and high school students to improve vocabulary, writing, and conversation including holiday-themed Latin/Greek root-word puzzles, trivia, crosswords, and scavenger hunts.
When you get to the site, you’ll see the first vocabulary puzzle for “Christmas/Holiday Traditions” that you must solve using the Latin/Greek root words and vocabulary words. Full instructions are included. Then, scroll down the page to find similar puzzles for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan.

Don’t miss these other holiday vocabulary activities:

Christmas Trivia Lists – There are 9 fun trivia lists that you can print out and play offline. (Great for long holiday road trips too!) Topics include naming: 
  • 14 objects that the Grinch stole at Christmas
  • Holiday Songs with the word “Christmas” in the title
  • Songs that were #1 on the Billboard Charts on Christmas Day
  • Santa’s 8 reindeer from the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
  • 12 gifts of Christmas (from the Christmas carol)
Christmas Traditions – 24 Scavenger Hunt Ideas – On this page you’ll find a Christmas/Holiday word list from A to Z. Scroll down the page to find a list of 24 objects you might look for on a Scavenger Hunt using the vocabulary from the word list.

History Channel – Christmas

December 11th, 2014

 

It’s December 11, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

History Channel – Christmas

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Christmas holiday is steeped in traditions and customs. This page from the History Channel provides videos and texts relating to the history of many of the traditions practiced today. When arriving at the link you will find two sections, “Christmas Videos” and “Christmas in Depth”.
In the “Christmas Videos” section you will find short videos (usually 2-4 minutes long) covering such topics as Christmas history, food, traditions, decorations, and even a 3-minute video about strange Christmas Traditions.
In the “Christmas in Depth” section, not only are there a few more short videos but there is also informative text to further build upon what is presented in the videos. Topics covered include:

  • History of Christmas (includes video)
  • History of Christmas Trees (includes video)
  • Christmas Traditions Worldwide (includes video)
  • Santa Claus (includes video)
  • Christmas Traditions, Past and Present
  • 7 Historical Events that Took Place on Christmas
  • Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?
  • Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25?
  • Christmas by the Numbers Infographic
  • Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve: An American Tradition
  • Mincemeat: It’s What’s for (Christmas) Dinner

As always, parents will want to preview videos and material prior to allow their student to use the material to be sure that the information presented aligns with their family beliefs and standards. If you can get over the commercials embedded into the videos, there is still a lot of interesting and educational value to this website.

Hundreds of Hands on Crafts for Kids

March 29th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, March 29, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Hands On Crafts for Kids

 

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Heidi Craft sent us this wonderful website for review. This website is the online home to the public television program Hands On Crafts for Kids. Not only will visitors find hundreds of educationally reinforced craft projects with easy-to-follow instructions, but also episodes of the Hands On Crafts for Kids show are available for on-line viewing each week.
Some of the craft projects also include YouTube videos. Current series topics cover: 
* The Artist In You!
* More Crafting Every Day projects!
* Crafting Every Day
* Crafts around the World
* Living Things
* Skills for Life
* Back to Basics
* Cultural Traditions of the Islands
* 5,4,3,2,1 – 5 projects, 5 steps, 5 ingredients
* Crafting in the USA
* Back In Time
* Camp Hands On
* Crafts Around The Earth
* Crafting Together
* Crafts Around The World 1
* Curriculum Crafts

A small sampling of the fun projects available includes:

* Paleolithic Cave Painting
* Japanese Printing Technique – Gyotaku Fish Shaped Prints
* Impressionistic Landscape
* A sock-arm puppet
* Create glop or blubber
* Peruvian Bead Necklace

There is an ever growing list of great projects and ideas that can be easily integrated into your studies. You will surely want to bookmark this site to come back to often.

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