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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.

Free Italian Language Lessons

May 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, May 2, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ILUSS Italian Online

(www.iluss.it/schede_gram_free.html)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

The free lessons available from this paid subscription-based website provide some basics for those interested in learning Italian.

With three levels offered, visitors can learn Italian for: 

  • parts of speech
  • clothes
  • at the movies
  • sickness
  • the family
  • household items and food
  • weather
  • and much more

Because this website is produced in Florence, Italy, by teachers of Italian, some of the information is presented in Italian only and some lessons may not have an English translation. But don’t let that deter you from checking out the lessons. Lessons include audios and many have images to assist in identifying the words. Most lessons include a presentation of the material and a few interactive practice activities.

This website can be used to introduce a study of the Italian language or provide additional practice for others who are currently studying the language.

Learn Geography Through Earth Sciences

April 14th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, April 14, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geography4Kids

(www.geography4kids.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website helps kids (of many ages) learn about geography through earth sciences.

When you get to the site, read the introduction as it contains good info on where to start and how to navigate for best use. To get started scroll half way down the home page and click on “Next Stop On Site Tour”, or use the menu to explore: 

  • Earth Energy – Explore global Geometry, electromagnetic radiation, waves and particles, solar energy, atmospheric interaction, and temperature including Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin scales.
  • Earth Structure – Learn what the Earth is made of including the plates, mantles, the liquid inner core, the magnetic fields, rocks and minerals, and discover what tectonics has to do with earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • Biosphere – Learn about our living world including ecology, ecosystems, food chains, soil, water, climates, energy, erosion, oxidation, and how it all interacts to support life.
  • Atmosphere – Find out what composes the atmosphere, thermosphere, stratosphere, and troposphere. Learn about temperature and air pressure, altitude, the Coriolis Force, and the Greenhouse Effect.
  • Hydrosphere – Discover how all kinds of water moves through the world including freshwater, seawater, and groundwater. Learn about wetlands and aquatic biomes. Learn how to identify cloud types.
  • Climate – Explore weather, climates (polar, subtropical, tropical), seasons, clouds, hurricanes and monsoons, and check out the instruments used to measure the force and effect of it all.
  • Cycles – Learn about the interactive cycles of our ecosystem that include carbon, water, oxygen, nitrogen, iron, phosphorus, and rocks.

When you are through exploring each section of the site, you can take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge. A bonus feature is that this site provides links to its “sister” sites for further study in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and math.

This is a terrific resource. We recommend you bookmark it to return often.

Free Read/Write Curriculum for K-12

April 8th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 8, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ReadWriteThink

(http://www.readwritethink.org/)

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

 

ReadWriteThink.org is a result of a partnership between the International Literacy Association (ILA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation, whose mission is to “provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.”

Bookmark this site NOW. It’s one of the best Language Arts sites we’ve seen – and we’ve seen a lot!

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured highlights including: 

  • National Poetry Month
  • Write a Spring Haiku
  • Spring Weather

Then scroll over Classroom Resources in the top menu and choose from: 

  • Lesson Plans
  • Student Interactives
  • Calendar Activities
  • and more

Under Lesson Plans, you’ll find an array of standards-based lesson plans that integrate Internet content into the teaching and/or learning experience. Each lesson includes a grade level, a detailed instructional plan and materials such as worksheets, interactives, and links to web resources. And it’s all FREE! You can also explore Teacher Resources by Grade.

Use the Student Interactives section to incorporate online activities (such as games, webquests, puzzles, writing starters, etc.) into your language arts curriculum for K-12 students. The activities are tied to specific lessons, but can be used independently or with other lessons as well.

And don’t miss the Calendar Activities. You can view the calendar by day, week or month to see activities and online resources associated with events in literacy and literature. For example, on the April calendar you’ll find language arts lessons with enrichment activities to learn about: Hans Christian Andersen, Maya Angelou, Pocahontas, Noah Webster, and more. (Just click on the description on any given day of the calendar to access the resources.)

Students can enjoy using technology while developing their literacy skills. The beauty of the ReadWriteThink website is that homeschoolers – no matter what methodology you use – will find something useful. Traditionalists can follow lesson plans, while unschoolers can enjoy the activities that peak their interests. Eclectics can use a little of everything.

Geography Resources

February 13th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, February 13, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geographic.com

(www.geographic.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site is an archive of resources for learning about geography. Young children may also enjoy aspects of this site with parental assistance.

When you get to the site, use the menu to explore: 

  • Historical Global Weather – Data from 1763!
  • Climate – Learn all about the climate and temperature of different countries, as well as the geological aspects that contribute to the climate.
  • Flags – See the colorful flags of every country.
  • Maps – Get maps of the countries of the world, including population maps, world language maps, earthquake maps, time zone maps and more!
  • Countries of the World – Learn about the history, population, geography, economy, transportation, communications, education, religion, government and military in every country. Find out which countries are the “greenest” and the most livable places on earth. (Much of the information at this site is from the CIA’s fact book.)

You’ll also find photos, nautical charts, and airport codes here too.

Don’t miss reading the archived publication “Early Childhood: Where Learning Begins – Geography” that provides simple activities and ideas on how to teach geography to young children. The direct link to the publication is here.

Learn to Speak the Sauk Language

February 8th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, February 8, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Talk Sauk

(www.talksauk.com/#/)

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

 

Discover the traditional language of the Sac and Fox Indian Nation of Oklahoma with this website. Derived from the Algonquian language family, the Sauk language is currently only spoken by a handful of elders. The Sauk Language department created this website to help “keep the Sauk language as a living and integral component of the Sac and Fox Nation”.

When arriving at the colorful website, select the “Menu” option in the upper left to expose the menu and find: 

  • About – Learn more about the Sauk Nation’s history and more
  • Dictionary – Use the visual dictionary to learn the Sauk language word for animals, food, numbers and other everyday words. Click an image to hear the word in the Sauk language.
  • Phrases – Read phrases in English related to colors, days, weather, eating, greetings, feelings, and much more, then click the phrase to hear it in the Sauk language.
  • Games – Play matching games, enjoy the online or downloadable coloring book, or explore the online games of Sauk Count and Climb and Sauk Drop and Catch (NOTE: We could not get these 2 games to load for us.)
  • Storybooks – Read and listen to “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”, see the Eric Carle book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear translated into Sauk and the story “Kâta Kîshkô”.
  • Videos – Watch animated stories, see videos about the Sauk language, and learn to count to 10.
  • And more!

Visitors do not need to be part of the Sac and Fox Nation to appreciate the value and beauty of the language. This website provides a wonderful introduction to the Sauk language and students may be inspired to dig deeper into the language of their own heritage.

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