Music with Mozart

July 26th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, July 26, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Age Range: All (chidren with parental supervision)

 

Gather the family around the computer for a visual and audio treat about the life and music of one of the world’s great classical music composers, Mozart.
When you get to this site, you will see a painting of Mozart’s face. Look down on the left-hand corner of the screen and in tiny letters you will see the word “English”. Click on it and the site will be available in the English language. Then you will notice the menu on the upper right hand section of the screen. You have a choice of:
  • Concerts – watch and listen as your computer screen becomes a concert hall where you hear Mozart’s music compositions performed by various composers. You can even read the biographies of the composers who perform Mozart’s music!
  • Compositions – find a complete list of all of Mozart’s works along with Midi files so you can download and listen to them.
  • Biography – A beautiful, well-researched, pictorially stunning biography of the life of Mozart, complemented by his music.
  • Media Library – Discover paintings depicting Mozart, Sheet Music, and Audio files.

This is a remarkable website that serves as a wonderful introduction to the music and life of Mozart. If you don’t have a great deal of time to surf the entire site, then go directly to the “Biography”. The story of Mozart’s life will fascinate your children, the pictures are beautiful, and you will be treated to a sampling of his music.

Take a Virtual Tour of Green Gables

July 25th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, July 25, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Green Gables

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

Through this website, travel to Cavendish on Prince Edward Island and visit Green Gables. Serving as the inspiration for the setting of L.M. Montgomery’s beloved story of the red-haired orphan, Anne of Green Gables, Green Gables welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world. Now, you too can tour Green Gables from your own home with this interactive website.

When arriving at this website, below the introductory text, you will find 2 interactive floor plans. Select a room to visit by clicking on the red text links on the floor plans and a pop-up window will open. Navigate around the room by clicking on the image and moving your mouse. Zoom in or out using the plus and minus signs at the bottom of the image.

Rooms available to visit include:

* First Floor:
  • Kitchen
  • Entrance Hall
  • Dining Room
  • Parlour
  • Pantry
  • Matthew’s Room

* Second Floor

  • Anne’s Room
  • Hired Hand’s Room
  • Marilla’s Room
  • Guest Room
  • Sewing Room

This website would make a wonderful supplement to a literary study of the book but Anne of Green Gables fans will simply enjoy this visual tour into the world of their favorite character.

New England History Only a Click Away

July 24th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, July 24, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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American Centuries: Views from New England

 

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

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Old Deerfield, Massachusetts. Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England. 

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics:

  • Highlight of the Online Collection – browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic
  • Explore the Online Collection – using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include:

  • Dress Up – see, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively
  • First Person – read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them
  • Magic Lens – easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920.
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from:

  • Turn of the Centuries – focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

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July 24th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Free Audio Stories for Kids!

July 23rd, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, July 23, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Storynory

 

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

If you don’t know about this website – you should! Storynory.com offers a treasure trove of free audio stories for kids that include fairy tales, myths, original stories and more.
Every week a new audio story is published on the website (and has been since 2005). You can listen online or download the stories from iTunes in the Kids and Family Podcast section for free.

The storytellers are entertaining and the content includes:

*Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen

*Folktales and legends from around the world

*Beloved children’s tales such as the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling

*Classics including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and an entire audio book of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

*Original children’s stories created by the owners of the site. The founders of Storynory (a writer and BBC radio journalist) own an online media consulting company.

You can subscribe to their e-newsletter for free and get the new weekly stories delivered by email to your inbox.

Listening to audio stories develops language arts skills, improves attention, and sparks the imagination.

Free Online Biology Textbook

July 22nd, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, July 22, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Free Online Biology Textbook

 

Age Range: 13-Adult (Grades 8 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This book is written by a university biology professor, but will be very useful for a motivated middle-schooler, and would be an appropriate online text for a high-school-level, full-year biology course.
One of our readers says: “It’s free, thorough, highly visually appealing, contains numerous references and links, and an online linked glossary of terms. Some chapters include a list of learning objectives and review questions.”
There isn’t much more to add except that when you get to the site, you’ll see the table of contents that covers subjects such as:
  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Chemistry
  • Cells and Cell Division
  • Thermodynamics
  • Photosynthesis
  • Genetics
  • Flowering Plant Reproduction
  • Animal Organ Systems
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Muscular/Skeletal System
  • The Respiratory System
  • Paleobiology
  • Biological Diversity (Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, Fungi)
  • - and much more!

Click on any one to read the chapter and feed your brain!

Multimedia Math Glossary for K-6

July 21st, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, July 21, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Harcourt: Multimedia Math Glossary

 

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, developed by Harcourt School Publishers, offers a free, multimedia math glossary. It helps students understand math terms and concepts using colorful animated pictures, drawings, graphs, and simple text.
When you get to the site, use the menu at the top to explore the site by grade level, or simply search for a math term alphabetically. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to further refine your search. Once you find the term you are looking for – click on it – and the term, along with a description and an illustration or animation, appears on the screen. For example:
  • Grade K – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: above, below, add, bar graph, circle, equals, less, minus, same, triangle, under, etc.
  • Grade 1 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: addition sentence, between, centimeter, even numbers, fractions, greater than, hour hand, line of symmetry, minus, etc.
  • Grade 2 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: addend, congruent figures, divide, fact family, gram, perimeter, sphere, sum, etc.
  • Grade 3 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: acute angle, cube, decimal, Celsius, Fahrenheit, equilateral triangle, line segment, liter, numerator, obtuse triangle, etc.
  • Grade 4 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: analog clock, associative property of addition, cardinal number, gallon, kilogram, negative numbers, probability, etc.
  • Grade 5 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: absolute value, commutative property of multiplication, denominator, exponent, hypotenuse, inverse operation, pi, ray, scientific notation, etc.
  • Grade 6 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: algebraic expression, coordinate plane, Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Ratio, Pythagorean Theorem, rhombus, square root, theoretical probability, x-axis, y-coordinate, etc.

This is a great tool to enhance any study of math. It also offers an interesting way to introduce various math terms and concepts without intimidation.

Learn a Foreign Language with Linguanaut

July 19th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, July 19, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Linguanaut

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are interested in learning some basic foreign language skills, then this ad supported site might be a good place to start. Choose from over 50 different languages from around the world and learn important words and phrases as well as alphabets. Some language lessons include verbs, adjectives, ‘survival terms’ (words and phrases used in emergencies), and other important words. Some languages available are: 
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Portuguese
  • Norwegian
  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • French
  • Farsi
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Korean
  • Italian
  • Hebrew
  • Polish
  • Arabic
  • And many more

Using the upper navigation bar you can also select from the following:

  • Phrases
  • Alphabet
  • Language Tests
  • Videos
  • Virtual Keyboard
  • Free Translation
  • Fun Page
  • Find Language Tutors

Once on one of the above sections, you can refine your selection further by selecting from the available languages.

The virtual keyboards are “a keyboard on steroids loaded with characters to help you write” and include international keyboards for Farsi, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, and more. There are also printable language tests and videos for some language lessons.

Before leaving this site, be sure to stop by the Fun Page for some learning games such as Morse Code and Encrypt Messages.

Learn a Foreign Language with Linguanaut

July 19th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, July 19, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Linguanaut

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are interested in learning some basic foreign language skills, then this ad supported site might be a good place to start. Choose from over 50 different languages from around the world and learn important words and phrases as well as alphabets. Some language lessons include verbs, adjectives, ‘survival terms’ (words and phrases used in emergencies), and other important words. Some languages available are: 
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Portuguese
  • Norwegian
  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • French
  • Farsi
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Korean
  • Italian
  • Hebrew
  • Polish
  • Arabic
  • And many more

Using the upper navigation bar you can also select from the following:

  • Phrases
  • Alphabet
  • Language Tests
  • Videos
  • Virtual Keyboard
  • Free Translation
  • Fun Page
  • Find Language Tutors

Once on one of the above sections, you can refine your selection further by selecting from the available languages.

The virtual keyboards are “a keyboard on steroids loaded with characters to help you write” and include international keyboards for Farsi, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, and more. There are also printable language tests and videos for some language lessons.

Before leaving this site, be sure to stop by the Fun Page for some learning games such as Morse Code and Encrypt Messages.

Learn a Foreign Language with Linguanaut

July 19th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, July 19, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Linguanaut

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are interested in learning some basic foreign language skills, then this ad supported site might be a good place to start. Choose from over 50 different languages from around the world and learn important words and phrases as well as alphabets. Some language lessons include verbs, adjectives, ‘survival terms’ (words and phrases used in emergencies), and other important words. Some languages available are: 
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Portuguese
  • Norwegian
  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • French
  • Farsi
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Korean
  • Italian
  • Hebrew
  • Polish
  • Arabic
  • And many more

Using the upper navigation bar you can also select from the following:

  • Phrases
  • Alphabet
  • Language Tests
  • Videos
  • Virtual Keyboard
  • Free Translation
  • Fun Page
  • Find Language Tutors

Once on one of the above sections, you can refine your selection further by selecting from the available languages.

The virtual keyboards are “a keyboard on steroids loaded with characters to help you write” and include international keyboards for Farsi, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, and more. There are also printable language tests and videos for some language lessons.

Before leaving this site, be sure to stop by the Fun Page for some learning games such as Morse Code and Encrypt Messages.

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