Archive for the ‘music’ category

Literacy, Spelling, & Grammar Activities!

July 9th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, July 9, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:




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


The Ambleside Primary School faculty and fourth-year students created the free language arts games and activities on this site.
The literacy portion of this site appears in two sections as follows:
I. When you get to the site you’ll see the word “Literacy” and below it a menu that includes short “Click-On” activities as follows:
*Interactive spelling worksheets Click and drag the missing letters to the blank spaces where they belong to complete the words.

*Proverbs – Click and drag the first and last parts of each proverb to place them together.

*Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, and Prepositions – Drag each word into the correct category.

*Word Finder – Given a word, see how many smaller words can be made from its letters.

*Sentence Sorter – Put the words in order to create a sentence that makes sense.

II. Below the above menu, click on the words “Ambleweb Literacy Page” to find:

*Look, Cover, Write, and Check – A customizable spelling list. You look at the word, then click “cover” and type the word from memory. You will be informed whether you got the word correct or not.

*Book Reviews – Read reviews submitted by (mostly young) website visitors, or submit your own!

*Word Games and Quizzes – Create stories, limericks, or haiku. Work on vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, and more!

*Best Internet Resources – A long list of recommended links for further Language Arts learning and practice. (We did not review these links, so parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise Internet use).

Bookmark this website and also use it for math, science, art, geography, music, just for fun and more! There is even an “infant zone” for the very young.

Keeping Score for Classical Music

July 5th, 2014


It’s Saturday, July 5, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Keeping Score


Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)


Created by Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony and based on the PBS television series, this website provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about the life and music of the composers featured in the series.
Through the use of audio, video, interactive materials as well as downloadable lesson plans specially created by teachers who have experienced the Keeping Score Education program, students take an in-depth look into the composers’ political, social, and cultural backgrounds.

When arriving at the website, in the “Explore The Music” box, chose one of the following tabs to see what lessons are available:

  • Composers
  • Musical Technique
  • History
  • Musical Scores
  • Staff Picks

The composers covered are:

  • Gustav Mahler
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Charles Ives
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Aaron Copland
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Education” to find more resources and lessons plans created by teachers in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

Select “Interactive” to dig even deeper through images, videos, and text. Follow along with musical scores, experiment with various musical techniques, try your hand at conducting a symphony, discover the instruments and musicians of an orchestra, and much more.

Not only does the website provide a wonderful educational resource in the study of symphonic music, but it is a feast of sight and sound sure to encourage your student’s interest.

Learn Esperanto! What’s That? Find Out!

June 28th, 2014


It’s Saturday, June 28, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Age Range: 2-Adult (Grades 2-Adult; children with parental supervision)


We’d like to thank ClickSchooling member, Anna, for recommending this website. It offers a free, fun introduction to Esperanto – a language that was developed to help worldwide communication.

It is not spoken by any particular country or ethnic group; however, it has similarities to Latin, Germanic and Slavic words. Esperanto was deliberately designed to be simple for everyone to learn. It is highly phonetic, making it easy to read, pronounce, and spell.

It was introduced at the end of the 19th century to promote tolerance in worldwide communications as it doesn’t favor any particular people, country, or culture through its use. There are Esperanto websites, clubs, seminars, books, music and more.

Anna wrote, “Here is a really fun site that’s an introduction to Esperanto. The graphics are engaging, and by the time you’ve gone through the ‘course’ you’ll already know a few phrases.”

She’s right.

When you get to the site, you’ll be greeted by a friendly, animated host named “Zam” who will guide you through an introduction to Esperanto. This is something that your whole family may find fascinating. Because you can learn the language quickly – kids can speak “Esperanto” around the house, as a sort of “secret language.”

Anna also wrote, “In fact, I was so intrigued by the ease with which I could learn Esperanto that I signed up for a free course – with a tutor, even! – at this site.” Check it out!

Songs for Teaching

June 14th, 2014


It’s Saturday, June 14, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Songs for Teaching


Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)


Wow! For those of you who find it easier to learn any subject when it is set to music – you will love this website! Songs for Teaching offers an incredible directory of songs that help teach the following subjects:
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Everyday Activities
  • Movement
  • Math
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Music

–and more!

When you get to the site you will see a short introduction and a menu selection in the center of the screen. We found the menu in black and white on the left side of the screen much easier to use to navigate the site. Click on the blue “L” beside the subject you are interested in and a new page will open with a menu of songs in the middle of the page. If you click on the green “P” you are taken to a page with the products available for purchase. The lyrics pages also have ordering information available for the different titles.
Please note that this is also an ad supported website. The only problem we found was that not all of the links for every song title work. That’s not a big surprise considering the size of this site, the number of links, and how much the web changes from day to day. Most of the links we tried did work.

What is really remarkable and worthwhile about this site is that they have listed so many musical choices in each subject category. You can use this site online to learn songs that help reinforce educational facts, or you can purchase the CDs/MP3 downloads that contain the songs you want to listen to at home or in the car. This is a great resource tool for home educators.

Wholesome Online Learning You Can Afford

May 27th, 2014

We believe homeschooled kids deserve a safe,
wholesome, and fun place to learn online.

On Always Icecream and Clever Dragons, girls and boys K-8 play fun games – and may not even be aware that they are practicing a wide array of academic subjects! We share your values, so you can be confident your child is learning in a safe place.

  • Basic to Advanced Math, including Geometry
  • Geography
  • Spanish, Chinese, French & German (NEW: click & learn pictures and type-what-you-hear audio games)
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Arts & Music
  • Keyboard Typing
  • Classical content including: Greek/Latin roots, Latin, & Attic Greek

Homeschooling parents can enjoy:

  • Learning sites that are tailored towards the unique needs of
    girls ( and boys (
  • Internet safety – everything is moderated with lots of options for parental control
  • The option to choose Biblical studies
  • Dedicated apps for iPhone and iPad
  • Weekly reports on their children's learning progress
  • Smart Learning: Carefully spaced review sessions solidify learning, a scientifically proven approach.
  • NEW: Innovative new game formats, like the “Dragon Race” cooperative team races and the nurturing “Dragon School” classroom to give kids even more motivational ways to learn!
  • Additional options for parents who purchase the premium parent account upgrade: Set goals, track time, let kids take specific assessments in more than 100 learning areas, review their errors, and document the process with customizable report cards!
  • A site that is 100% free of advertising
  • 10% off a two-month, 15% off an annual, 30% off a lifetime, 35% off a family lifetime membership, or 50% off a premium parent upgrade when using the Coupon Code CLICKMAY14. Family memberships are good for four children! (Expires May 31, 2014. Not valid with other promotional offers.)

My children really love the learning they’ve been able to do at your site, and I’ve been very, very pleased with their progress.

— Annalea

We have only had Clever Dragons for about a week and I am sold on its teaching qualities. The math and geography have been our focus. All four of my boys memorized the countries of Europe (39 levels) this week and are now working through Asia. What maps, crayons, and years of quizzes could not do, Clever Dragons did in a week!

— Tamiko

I am very impressed with the product … I have heard nothing but amazing things about Clever Dragons and it’s been true so thank you!

— Amy T.

My kids love this program. Its really helped in motivating my kids to learn to type and re-enforces their language arts and math skills. I’m super impressed with how the site rewards children’s progress in academics with the ability to build in their virtual world as well. My kids love building their “castles” or “homes” and decorating the rooms inside. They are learning how to buy and sell as well in the virtual world. The designers of this site are impressive! Definitely an A+!

— Maria

We bought a family membership to Clever Dragons and it could not have been nor continue to be a bigger hit. I wanted a safe place for my boys to learn some computer skills, practice other skills (like math facts), and have fun. They eagerly do the “games” as if they weren’t educational at all and love spending the coins they have earned to decorate their castles and care for online pets. It is easier to navigate than other learning sites I’ve tried, and the parental updates on each son is great. I can even award bonus coins to them for doing what I want them to do (like playing the learn-to-type game or cleaning their room in real life)! I cannot say enough good about this site.

— B.C.

My daughters love Always Icecream and while they are playing, they always learn something new. I like that there are no advertisements and that the girls can have a safe place to play on the internet.

— Julie H.

Interested? Here’s What You Do:

  1. Go to the girls’ Always Icecream site or the boys’ Clever Dragons site.
  2. Start a free trial or purchase a membership right away.
  3. Various membership plans are offered. Make sure to enter CLICKMAY14 as Coupon Code to save up to 50% if you purchase a membership by May 31, 2014.
  4. Don't keep this Coupon Code a secret — tell your friends and homeschool groups!

Check out our parent community on Facebook!

Always Icecream and Clever Dragons
PO Box 183
Menlo Park, CA 94026
Email: and
Phone: (650) 644 7753
Websites: and

Forward email

Bring Orchestra Music Studies to Life!

May 24th, 2014


It’s Saturday, May 24, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:




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


This is a wonderfully colorful and fun interactive site with loads of printable lesson plans and worksheets and online activities to use with your students as they learn about orchestral music. 


Presented by the National Arts Centre located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, this website not only introduces students to the instruments of the orchestra but also the musicians, composers, and conductors who bring music alive.


Select from the following to start your musical adventure:

  • Music Resources - listen to music recordings, watch video clips, browse the music dictionary, find helpful advice for parents and teachers
  • Instrument Lab – learn all about the sections and instruments that make up an orchestra; examine virtual instruments and listen to the sounds that they make
  • Great Composers – investigate the lives and music of the great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and more as well as contemporary composers such as Adams, Morquez, Shafer, and others
  • NAC Orchestra and Friends – read interviews with the musicians, conductors and composers of the NACO
  • Activities and Games – play and learn with loads of fun games and activities such as the click and drag game “Compose Music”, the online quizzes like “Name that Composer” and “Name that Instrument”, and lots of printables
  • Orchestra on Tour – Read the online journal kept by NAC Orchestra musicians and staff during their 2008 performance and education tour


Be sure to check out the “Resources for Teachers” section of the website for more helpful resource including resource kits, lesson plans, and NAC Orchestra Student Matinee study guides. This website is a valuable resource of information and activities that encourage an engaging learning experience in your study of orchestral music.