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Kid Friendly Digital Activities Part 5

Kid Friendly Digital Activities Part 5

The Last of the series!

YouTube Collection

The Mighty Mommy has a couple of suggestions for Youtube, see her explanations below.

YouTube is one of the hottest “go to” places on the internet. The topics are endless and when monitored can be safe and entertaining for children of all ages.

NeoK12 is a fantastic collection of videos, arranged by subject, that have been individually reviewed by K-12 teachers. There are also quizzes, games and puzzles as well as a cool presentation creator that helps students create their own presentations within the site. Also cool is the How it Works section.

NeoK12 is a really great site with lots of possibilities.

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Some other possibilities include

  • Khan Academy youtube videos don’t tend to talk down to kids, with selections including macroeconomics, basic counting, cryptography, grammar, trigonometry, chemistry; for all ages, including the adult learners in your family!
  • Edudemic offers videos for educators, evidence answering whether students should take notes on a computer and other things for educators.
  • RefSeek is an aggregate of various online videos which you may find interesting, since I won’t list everything
  • CosmoLearning says it is a “free educationa website for students and teachers.”  Apparently it offers learning in Audiology, Blockchain, Civil Engineering, Dentistry (really?)
  • Coursera “provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.”  This is not a free course, with prices about 29$ to 99$, and courses in Data Science, Learning how to learn, and other adult-oriented classes.  An advanced child may find value in college-level learning.
  • WatchKnowLearn has a lot of educational offerings.  You can search their catalog easier by filtering for appropriate age groups, from 3 years to 18 years.  Their classes include Life Skills, Philosophy and Religion, Hobbies and Crafts, Social Studies, History, Science.  The whole lot.  I’m gonna be right back, I have to watch a few of them myself!
  • Quartz lists and describes several cool video learning websites, including Netflix Academy, The Magic School Bus 360; and video suggestions in Literature, US History, World History.
  • And, last but not least, Mighty Mommy includes quick and dirty tips on how to protect your grandchildren as they explore technology

 

Resources

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Kid Friendly Digital Activities Part 4

Kid Friendly Digital Activities Part 4
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This post was inspired by Mighty Mommy’s Quick and Dirty Tips. It is one part of her post on how to keep kids active during the summer months using Digital activities. Check out her extensive ideas!

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“Mommy Moose” by BadBird Photography 2014, used with permission

Online Art Lessons.

Very young kids all seem to love colouring, whether in books or on blank sheets of whatever paper you have lying around, colouring keeps them happy for quite a long time.

Mighty Mommy writes — “Thanks to cutting edge technology, there are now dozens of ways kids can get creative without touching a crayon or marker. The National Gallery of Art hosts an interactive site called NGAkids. Here, your young Picasso can learn all about art history by exploring a variety of on-line art-making tools where they can draw, paint and dabble. There are hours of inspired activities for all age levels (including parents!).” See Also: 4 Reasons You’ll Absolutely Love Adult Coloring Books

Oh, my goodness, and she ain’t kidding! Take a look, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Thanks to cutting edge technology, there are now dozens of ways kids can get creative without touching a crayon or marker.

Some other resources for different art lessons

At Jerry’s Artarama, Watch over 2,000 free video art lessons for all skill levels.

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1841 Train, The Weekly Standard, Raleigh NC, 26 May 1841 page 3. Downloaded from Newspapers.com March 2017

“Our Free Video Art Lessons aren’t just for adults and serious artists, we have creative art video projects for kids, too! Encourage the creativity of your own budding artist and watch their imagination bloom. Enjoy spending quality time with your child or grandchildren in these easy and exciting projects, and make more than merely fun memories by fostering their artistic spirit! Learn painting, drawing, art projects and more”

Looking at just this one page, I find lessons on one- and two-point perspective, Cartoon drawing faces, characters, optical illusions. I found lessons on adding form and shading and shadowing; drawing hands and using the rule of thirds. I found also, lessons on screenprinting, paper mache, using oils, doing landscapes, watercolour resist and a pattern study on a cathedral. Cool stuff for adults, too!

Sparketh.com

Sparketh looks like it is designed for homeschool learners, which also means it works for everybody else. Online learning using video, worksheets, for five dollars. I haven’t signed up so I am not sure if it is for the entire site or if you pay 5$ for each lesson. Still not a bad price!

Give your child the best art education at home. Homeschool Curriculum; After School Learning; Self-Learning. Join for just 5$.

Learning art with Sparketh is fun and effective. Gain unlimited access to a library of 500+ bite-sized video lessons taught by talented mentors. With new courses added to the library weekly, you will never run out of new things to learn. Spark your creativity.

Printouts, worksheets and course files included at no extra cost. Ad free for ages 8-18. Over 500 video lessons in shading techniques, drawing a tree frog, drawing a glass of water, mixing with oil pate and balance in art among many others.

Khan Academy Art History

Sandro Botticelli, Magnificat Madonna, 1480–81, tempera on panel, Uffizi, Florence

I have always enjoyed viewing classic art pieces, trying to figure out how these people lived. Khan Academy is a classic in online education to begin with, especially for the STEM courses — Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. But they also include Art History. These may be geared more for the older child, but you can learn to appreciate good art pieces together at any age. Here you can learn how to analyze works of art, learn about contrapposto, foreshortening and chiaroscuro. What’s not to like?

Resources

Botticelli, S. (1480). Magnificat Madonna. Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_art#/media/File:Magnificatio.jpg

Butler, C. (2017, June 18). From Audiobooks to Art Lessons—5 Fun, Digital Activities for Kids. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from Mighty Mommy’s Quick and Dirty Tips: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/productivity/learning/from-audiobooks-to-art-lessons-5-fun-digital-activities-for-kids

Jerry’s Artarama. (2018). Watch Over 2000 Free Video Art Lessons. Retrieved from Jerry’s Artarama: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/free-art-instruction-videos/skill-level/kids

Khan Academy. (2018). Art history. Retrieved from Khan Academy ARts and Humanities: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history

NGAkids. (2017). NGAkids Art Zone. Retrieved from National Gallery of ARt: https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html

Sparketh. (n.d.). Sparketh. Retrieved from Sparketh.com: https://sparketh.com/

 

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Kid Friendly Digital Activities Part 3

Kid Friendly Digital Activities Part 3

Audiobooks

Next up — listening to a good book.  Mostly excerpted from Mighty Mommy, with my own two cents thrown in for good measure.

 

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In Getting Kids to Read Over the Summerthe NEA states that children, especially those from low-income families, can lose up to three months of reading progress over the summer months.   “There are tons of books that students will fall in love with that can be used as hooks to the academically required books.”  — Mighty Mommy

Introduce your child to the Wide Wonderful World of audio books.  Your grandkids (and you) can listen here, you can listen there, you can listen anywhere!  Listen in the car, listen while doing chores (Gramma can have the kids do chores, too.  It’s good for them — but that is for another post).

Mighty Mommy suggests a resource called Reading Rockets, “a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read (Butler, 2017).”

In their article Listen and Learn with Audiobooks parents can glean some great advice on how to help kids take advantage of the wonderful world of audio books this summer and throughout the school year.  For a wide-variety of interesting audio books for the entire family visit Macmillan Audio (Butler, 2017).

 

How to choose the right story?

You want to start with familiar stories, ones you’ve already read aloud to them.  This way you change just one variable, the reading voice.

The format you choose should be easy for you both to use.  Most Grandmothers are familiar with the most obvious choice, Books on CD.  Some public libraries “carry Playaways, which are books pre-loaded onto MP3 player available for checkout. (Walker R., 2017).”  Doesn’t that sound cool?  Sort of like fast food for the ears.  My library system provides audio books through the service called OverDrive from which one can “borrow” the audio book by downloading it for a specific time, usually 14 days.  I personally don’t jump with joy over this format because it meant that I had to sign in to my library, then download and join in to OverDrive, and I have to listen to it through that app only.  But, I do have access to free popular books, as long as they are actually available.

The titles you choose should be ones recognized as High Quality.  Talk with your librarian for suggestions, or check out suggestions from Notable Children’s Recordings from the American Library Association or Reading Rockets’ Favorite Audio Books.  You should probably get input from your kids so they are more likely to actually listen rather than poking the toy dinosaur into his brothers’ ear.

Other online ways to obtain audio books include Audible and Tales2Go where you can subscribe to a very extensive catalog of audio content.  Both sites are paid subscription sites.  I can vouch for Audible, find they are good, but personally I cannot afford it.  Tales2Go subscriptions are primarily for Brick-n-Mortar schools as well as Homeschools with varying plans.  BUT, there is also a subscription for individuals, from 99$ for an annual subscription, 40$ for three months (enough to take you through the summer), and a monthly subscription which you get from the Play Store.

My personal favorite is Lit2Go, from Florida Center for Instructional Technology.  This is a free site (what’s not to love about free?) which includes downloadable MP3, of course — we ARE talking specifically about audio books.  But the site includes downloadable PDF form so you can print if you need to, or read from the screen.  Many stories also provide teacher notes and learning objectives, which make these stories that much more valuable.  However, my suggestion is to not go too deep into the teaching part.  The kids will learn much just by listening to good stories.  The vintage images from these classic public-domain books are priceless.

What to do (Walker R., 2017)

  • Listen to audio books together.

  • Offer some background information or a preview of the story to help your child focus his listening and more easily follow what’s happening in the story.

  • Feel free to stop listening. If an audio book isn’t engaging, try another!

  • Keep your young listeners in mind. While kids can listen on a higher level than they can read, some stories may be too complex for young listeners to follow and enjoy.

  • Don’t let audio books take the place of you reading aloud to your child or telling them stories. 

 

Here’s another free site.  Librivox  has loads of public domain books read by volunteers around the world.  My experience is largely great, although I have found some readers I just cannot listen to.  Often, you can find the same book read by a volunteer whose style is more compatible.  If not, then try the next suggestion ….

How about this idea?  Record yourself reading to the kids.  You need a quiet place to read out loud, a microphone you can find from Walmart or Amazon, and an app that will record your voice in MP3 format.  You will want to give life to the characters, using different voices.  Don’t be afraid to be crazy!  The kids eat it up, ask me how I know!  The crazier, the better.  And, don’t be afraid you will look stupid.  Your kids won’t know what hit them, just be you!  They love you no matter.

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https://www.tales2go.com/subscribe/?hsCtaTracking=7b4eef48-0cf7-479b-985c-b66b04d50285%7C95ce45e7-5ccd-41fa-bb49-5b49233686be#individual

https://www.audible.com/ep/kids-audiobooks

https://www.overdrive.com/

http://www.playaway.com/

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/listen-and-learn-audio-books

https://us.macmillan.com/audio/

http://www.nea.org/tools/55443.htm

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncr

http://www.readingrockets.org/booklists/our-favorite-audio-books

 

 

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Kid Friendly Digital Activities Part 2

Kid Friendly Digital Activities Part 2

This next post is exerpted from the Mighty Mommy’s blog, Episode #433.  I have to say, it is out of this world.  Kids (or grandmothers) can build a virtual rocket, find out the path of the Space Station and who is on it right now.

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Online Space Exploration

Summer is the perfect time to learn more about the moon, stars and the fascinating world of outer space.  National Aeronautics and Space Administration known as NASA has a terrific on-line site for kids ages Pre-Kindergarten thru 4th grade called NASA Kids’ Club.

We discovered this user-friendly site last summer when my daughter was in the 4th grade.  She was able to play a variety of on-line games which support the national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One of her favorite games was called Windows to Earth which allows you to select various locations throughout the world and see what they look like photographed from space.  The sound effects are very cool and the visuals were really awesome.  — Butler, 2017

 

The page link included here has a great informational page for parents and caregivers, including grade-appropriate learning objectives.  Here is the first few paragraphs from that page:

Welcome to NASA Kids’ Club.

NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions.

On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. See the Game Descriptions and National Education Standards below.

The NASA Kids’ Club Picture Show is an image gallery of some of NASA’s coolest and most interesting pictures. They may be used as conversation starters or writing prompts to lead children in discussions about STEM-related topics and current events.

The Now in Space slideshow introduces young explorers to the crew currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station.

NASA encourages you to visit NASA Kids’ Club and use its games and activities to inspire the next generation.   https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/text/extras/Game_Descriptions_National_Standards.html

Resources

Butler, C. (2017, June 18). From Audiobooks to Art Lessons—5 Fun, Digital Activities for Kids. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from Mighty Mommy’s Quick and Dirty Tips: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/productivity/learning/from-audiobooks-to-art-lessons-5-fun-digital-activities-for-kids

Wild, F. (2018, March 21). National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved from Nasa Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

Image Victorian Girl from Vintage Moth

 

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Kid-Friendly Digital Activities part 1

Kid-Friendly Digital Activities part 1
Reposted from the Mighty Mommy’s article — From Audiobooks to Art Lessons—5 Fun, Digital Activities for Kids

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Most of the time, we want our kids to get physical, play outside, get dirty.  However, there ARE those times when it is appropriate for a little screen time.  These next few posts include links to educational activities.

 

Summer camps are plentiful all across the country. Whether it be Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, a swim camp, horseback riding camp, or a cooking or art camp there are hundreds of overnight or day camps for boys and girls to choose from.  Increasing in popularity is also another way to experience camp and that’s by attending one from your very own home—an online camp.

One innovative and creative pick is Maker Camp.  As described on their website, Maker Camp provides a simple, fun way for kids to get involved in making hundreds of projects. “Our worldwide network of affiliates host Maker Camps in public libraries, community groups, makerspaces, and maker homes. Cool projects are always available here online! More than 1 million kids have participated in Maker Camp since it launched in 2012.”

Some of the projects your child could learn to build are robotics, cell phones, tree houses, and 3-D print works.  Your kids can even invite their friends to join in on a project making this experience fun and interactive. — (Butler, 2017)

This one looks really cool with lots of opportunities.  I had heard of Maker Spaces for adults, who meet up in a garage and learn how to make a wooden table, or build a robot.  There would be tools to borrow much like one would borrow a book from the library.  Many times, someone would be available to give advice to improve the craft.  I SOOOO want to try this!

Resources

Butler, C. (2017, June 18). From Audiobooks to Art Lessons—5 Fun, Digital Activities for Kids. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from Mighty Mommy’s Quick and Dirty Tips: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/productivity/learning/from-audiobooks-to-art-lessons-5-fun-digital-activities-for-kids

Maker Media. (2004-2018). Maker Camp. Retrieved from Maker Media: https://makercamp.com/

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