Here is a great resource for teachers and students! Khan Academy, a global classroom for anyone in the world who has access to a computer, has a library of over 3,200 videos online that are free. This provides quality instruction to areas all over the world, no matter where they are located. Incentives for students are also on the cite to motivate them with a game of earning badges and points, “game mechanics” as they refer to it, and they also offer Teacher Resources as well. Here is an example of one topic they cover:
ALGEBRA (many lessons in each of these subtopics):
Rations & Proportions
Exponents and Radicals
It’s easy to see by this listing that there are many lessons from which to choose. Here is a partial list of more topics without subtopics listed:
Arithmetic & Pre-Algebra
Art History (for many different eras)
Banking & Money
Healthcare & Medicine
Khan Academy is a global classroom of students who learn at their own rate and choose what they want to study. Here are reviews and stories of the academy so you can read first hand from teachers and students all over the world.
Would you use a math games package that has ideas for making math more fun? If so, this package has print and play math games to enhance learning. Print and play math board games, print and play game sheets, or print and play math card games can make learning more fun. If you’re interested, just simply download these e-books for a fast and efficient way to make math games that are interesting and stimulating.
Our two year old grandson loves to play educational games on our daughter’s iPhone. It’s perfect to keep him occupied when they’re in the car, at the doctor’s office, or up in her office at work. His favorite game right now isToddler Teasers. The games include letters, numbers, shapes, and colors, and it’s available at the iTunes App Store.
It’s amazing to me that our grandson, who is two years and two months old, knows how to play games on an iPhone. Technology is amazing and such a wonderful tool for learning!.
I highly recommend the TV Program called “World World.” Our grandson just turned two years old, and he knows his alphabet and is making sounds of the letters on his own. He has watched World Word for the past year, and for a long time that was the only thing on TV that kept his attention. He loved it! And he was absorbing reading skills effortlessly. (By the way, our daughter and s-i-l did not let him watch much TV, especially when younger. Word World was the only show he watched.)
ABOVE, you will notice our grandson’s World World toys that you can buy at Target and other places. These toys reinforce the skills learned on the program.
Colorful, creative workbooks that interest children are a great teaching tool. For younger children who need a lot of repetition learning certain skills, workbooks with stickers and fun learning activities are very helpful. If there are pages that involve tracing and the child is tired of tracing with a pencil, try using a washable marker. Let the child choose what color to use, and the activity will be more enjoyable.
Want to make test time easier for the teacher? Here is a great way with FREE online tests for children’s biographies of U.S. presidents. Students read the easy-to-read biography online and then take the online test. These tests are graded by the computer for free, are also printable, and the grades can be printed out by the teacher. Here are the biographies that have tests available at this time:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
John F. Kennedy
Teachers will need to log in and register their class so students can take the online tests. Remember there is no cost for anything!
Word webs are great to use with kids. I have used them in the regular classroom, with ESL students, and with Gifted & Talented students. Here are some examples of different word webs that you can print. Just click on the highlighted words:
One goal of teaching about Abraham Lincoln should be to “make him come alive,” to help students realize that he was a real person just like they are. Here are some tips on teaching a unit about Lincoln that hopefully will add to the materials you have:
TEACHING ABOUT LINCOLN:
On the Abraham Lincoln Museum site, there is one reproducible page for an Abraham Lincoln Discussion Web that would be great to use in the classroom regardless of visiting the museum. Click on this site for Lincoln and scroll down to page 23. This is a great page for a Discussion Web on Lincoln’s life. I have used Discussion Webs many times, and they are great for students of all ages.
Need a unit on Lincoln? An experienced teacher has a free unit on Abraham Lincoln on her website with printable worksheets and also a biography. These materials are free for teachers and homeschooling parents.
Having an Interest Center in the classroom on Abraham Lincoln would help motivate students to learn about him. The center could contain pictures of the era in which Lincoln lived. Old looking objects could be placed in the center as well as student-level books on Lincoln. Use your imagination and be creative!
Depending on the level of the students, here are some of Lincoln’s accomplishments to discuss with them:
His decision to fight kept the country from coming apart.
He had great foreign policy which kept other countries from getting involved in the Civil War.
He issued the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves.
He strongly supported the Thirteenth Admendment which ended slavery.
He is known for his honesty, leadership, and character.
He gave the House Divided Speech.
He gave the Gettysburg Address.
He is quoted even today due to having many famous quotes known world wide.
Make a log cabin out of Lincoln Logs
Make a log cabin by gluing Popsicle sticks together
Some of your Lincoln books would probably come from the library. Click here to see a list of good kids’ books on Lincoln available on this site.
CHILDREN’S DVD’S & VIDEOS:
Abraham Lincoln: Great Americans for Children Series – DVD by Schlessinger Media
Presidents Day DVD ( Holidays for Children DVD Series) by Library Video Company
A talented teacher friend of mine has written children’s biographies about several presidents, including Barack Obama, which are available online for teachers and homeschooling parentsat no charge. She also has these printable worksheets on Barack Obama, as well as the other presidents, available online which are also free for teachers:
Online Jigsaw Puzzle
Online Crossword Puzzle
Online Word Scramble
Online Word Search
Online Color Picture
Again, all of her materials are free for teachers and homeschooling parents. If anyone wants to use them for commercial purposes, they need to contact her. Be sure and visit her site. She has a lot of great, free material!
OTHER CHILDREN’S BOOKS:
Barack Obama: Our 44th President by Beatrice Gormley. Great for ages 8-12.
Austin, the capital of Texas, is home to the fairly new Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. The building is impressive on the outside and inside, being three stories tall. It contains interactive exhibits, an IMAX Theater, and a great Cafe for meals and snacks. We thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits and theater and eating in the Cafe. This is a museum we definitely recommend. They have great resources as well for teachers and home schooling parents. There are links to these resources below:
A computer game by Spinmaker called Alphabet Zoo is great for teaching creative writing at an early age. Years ago, my husband bought this game for our daughter when she was four years old. She soon learned how to write her own stories and illustrate them with the picture maker. She started reading when she was three years old so she already knew most of the alphabet sounds. When trying to spell words for her stories, she would either try to sound out the words and spell them phonetically or she would ask a parent or grandparent, whoever was close by. This was one of her favorite computer games and I guess it instilled a love of writing in her. When she was in high school she went to state UIL competition and placed well in journalism and headline writing. Learning to write creatively was definitely something that was fun for her!
Big Brain Acadamy and Brain Age aretwo of the best video games out there that can teach or strengthen several cognitive skills including math concepts. Here are some of the math skills children (and adults) can learn through these games:
Value of coins
These games cover many different cognitive areas. If you are not familiar with them, I highly recommend them. They are good brain stretchers! We own both games, and they are great for young and old alike.
Leap Frog learning products are great products for teaching reading, math, and other skills. From what I have seen and read, they are exceptionally good products. Someone I know said that her child loved the music in Leap Frog Math Circus and didn’t even realize that she was learning because she was having so much fun. And that is a big key to teaching children, making it fun!