Archive for the ‘music’ category

Free On-Line Piano Lessons

January 10th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, January 10, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

GoPiano

 

Age Range: 6-Adult (Grades 1-12, children with parental supervision). 

 

This site offers traditional, free piano lessons for beginners including: 
  • learning to read notes
  • keeping rhythm
  • playing simple songs.
The course comes complete with a series of on-line lessons and quizzes delivered through text and audio. You learn the lesson and transfer what you’ve learned to your own piano or keyboard at home. To begin, simply go to the site and click on the “start here” icon.

The lessons are also available as a PDF download.

This is a great way to get an introductory course in playing the piano without having to invest a lot of time and money – and it can help those who want to brush up on their skills too.

The Sounds of Classical Music

December 20th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 20, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

openClassical

 

Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)

 

This website is wonderful ensemble of classical music.
When arriving at this website, you can choose from the sidebar menu to browse the greatest hits sorted by: 
  • Everything
  • Chamber
  • Concerto
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Piano
  • Vocal
Click the song you would like to listen to. When the page opens you are presented with a bit of information about the composers and a video of the selection. (Please note that there are also Amazon Offer links related to the composer and other links to off-site related items for purchase such as the sheet music for the song.)

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Composers” and you can search for a composer by name or search the lists by the following time periods:

  • Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • Modern
Selecting a composer brings up a list of related videos and brief composer synopsis and links to Wikipedia for more information.

Select “Timeline” and explore composers by date to discover contemporaries of your favorites. The composers in the timelines are clickable as well, making it easy to study and compare composers of the same time frame.

Finally, choose “Playlists” to listen to music to set the mood for:

  • Calm
  • Drama
  • Excitement
  • Romance
  • Study
This website is an excellent resource for expanding your listening pleasure options.

The Polar Express

December 10th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 10, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Polar Express

 

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.

The author’s website offers an overview of the book and samples of the outstanding illustrations that earned a Caldecott Medal. You can also read the author’s bio, see a timeline of his work, and access resources and interactives themed around his books.

When you get to the site you’ll find a picture of each book cover/title. If you click on them – you will be directed to purchase the book. There is no requirement to purchase anything in order to use the free resources. Scroll past those covers to the bottom of the page to find a link titled “Teachers: Discussion Guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg books.” When you click you’ll find additional curriculum connections for the Polar Express.

Creative Writing/Language Arts:

* Brainstorm winter words.
* Ask children to imagine their own magical midnight train ride and write about what they see on their journey and what their final destination looks like.
* Go through the book together and pick out all of the adjectives and list them on a large sheet of paper. Do the same for the verbs and nouns.

Read-Aloud:

* As a way to begin using the book as the basis for a unit or simply as a treat for the children, host a Polar Express Party. Click the link to download a complete party kit.
Science/Geography:

* Have children locate the North Pole on a globe or map. They can research and write a short report on the landscape, climate, and other characteristics of the North Pole
* Topics for Further Research
o Polar ice cap
o Northern lights
o Reindeer
o Weather and climate – what are the average high and low temps?

Art:

* Have children draw what they would see out the window of the Polar Express on its way to the North Pole.

Music:
* Give each child a bell. Play holiday songs to which they can ring the bells.
* At your party, break the kids into groups of four. Give each group a song and have them come up with a way to accompany it with their bells.

When you think you’ve done everything you can, find the link to “More Games & Fun” to discover activity sheets, games, recipes, and more AND discussion guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg’s other books!
Return to this site often!

Arts & Crafts, Activities, Worksheets, and More!

December 6th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 6, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

All Kids Network

 

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

 

Not only does this ad-supported website have hundreds of craft projects and coloring and activity pages, but it is also a great resource for fun educational worksheets and other teaching resources.
Use the navigation bar to choose from: 
  • Kids Crafts
  • Kids Worksheets
  • Kids Activities
  • Teaching Resources
Under the Kids Crafts you can further narrow your search using the sidebar menu. The main categories to select from include: 
  • Seasonal Crafts – Spring, summer, winter, or fall, find projects such as Fall Leaf Book, Snow Globe Craft, Raining Cloud Craft, Bubble Wrap Beehive Craft.
  • Holiday Crafts – Find ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, and many other special days of the year.
  • Educational Crafts – There are projects for the alphabet, numbers, shapes, Back to School, books, and 100th day.
  • Animal Crafts – Lots of craft projects featuring farm animals, fish and other water animals, bugs, birds, and dinosaurs.
  • More Crafts – Check out crafts highlighting nursery rhymes, the Bible, fire safety, space, fantasy, music, birthday, and many more.
All projects include a list of supplies needed as well as detailed instructions.

In the Kids Activities section, find hundreds of coloring pages featuring movie, television, and cartoon characters and themed pages for holidays, shapes, numbers, letters, animals, and much more. There are even color by number pages.

You will also find mazes, dot to dots, hidden pictures, and many more fun activity pages to print out in the Kids Activities section.

Looking for themed worksheets? Check them out under the Kids Worksheet page, or find lined paper, flash card, certificates, calendars, and sticker charts on the Teaching Resources page.

You will want to bookmark this website as more content is being added regularly.

Homemade Musical Instruments

November 29th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, November 29, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Mudcat Café

 

Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)

 

This site offers instructions for kids in how to make a variety of musical instruments.
This site offers instructions for kids in how to make a variety of musical instruments, including:
  • Drums
  • Blowers (Wind Instruments)
  • Scrappers, Rattles and Such
  • Gourd Rattles
  • Bongos, Banjos, Fiddles and More
  • Blocks, Bells, Box Drums and Mallets
When you get to the site you will see a simple menu of choices. Click on the instrument you would like to make and a new screen appears with clear directions and illustrations. Let everyone in the family make an instrument and then invite your musician friends over for a jam session!

Tunes That Teach Language Arts & More!

November 12th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, November 12, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Music Room

 

Age Range: All (children, with parental supervision)

 

Rote memorization of grammar and spelling rules can be boring and ineffective. When you set rules to music – they are easier to remember. That’s the premise of this site that provides songs that teach language arts rules such as:
  • Contractions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Vowel Rules
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns, Adjectives, & Verbs
  • Spelling Rules
  • Vocabulary
  • and much more
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Language Arts songs – just click on the topic of interest to you and a new page opens displaying the lyrics to the song that is set to familiar music. In most cases, you will hear an audio clip of the music as well. Not only that, some of the titles link to other sites with fun music videos. (Don’t miss the “When Two Vowels Go Walking” song that links to a music video from PBS’ reading program, Between the Lions.)

When you’re through learning about Language Arts, check out the rest of the menu to find songs that help kids learn Math, Science, and Social Studies. There are even “Just for Fun Songs” that include links to other sites with popular children’s music.

In some instances on the site, you will find information about how to purchase some of the music on CD. There is no obligation to purchase to hear most of the musical lessons provided on the site.

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