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Hi! It’s Saturday, November 16. 2013, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 9and up (approximately, with parental supervision)
This is the website of a company that offers art classes (in the real world) for kids in Australia. They also maintain a free exhibit for kids of some of the world’s most famous artists.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:
Click on any name and a new page opens with some brief information and interesting facts about the artist and his times, along with examples of his work.
On the pages about da Vinci, van Gogh, and Picasso you can watch a terrific video exhibit of the artist’s works set to music.
You’ll also find links to online museums that displays the artists’ paintings. I did NOT review those sites, so parents (as always) should preview the content to determine suitability and supervise further exploration.
This is a terrific way to introduce kids to some major artists and their unique artistic styles.
Hi! It’s Saturday, November 9, 2013 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: All (With parental guidance; non-readers will need assistance.)
The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.
When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being:
With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.
During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.
When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about:
*The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.
*Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.
*Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.
*Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Pacido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.
*Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned
This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete. It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!
Hi! It’s Saturday, October 26, 2013 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 5-12 (Designed for kids, but the activities and information will appeal to people of all ages. Non-readers will need assistance.)
The National Gallery of Art’s website for kids offers free interactive art projects that inspire creativity while providing engaging lessons in art and art history.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of possibilities that includes:
*Faces & Places – This exploration of American folk art, uses the NGA art collection for inspiration. Kids create portraits and construct panoramic landscapes that include folk music and animations.
*Brushster – Make your own abstract art! Experiment with tools to create sophisticated non-representational paintings.
*Photo Op – Get familiar with digital photography and image editing. As explained at the website, “Use the virtual camera to snap pictures, then experiment with the easy-to-use photo editing tools to give your art a whole new look. The special effects palette, colorizing options, collage tools, warps, and mirrors will transform your photographs.”
*NGAkids Still Life – Mix everyday objects with those borrowed from art in the NGA collection to create your own still life masterpiece.
*Dutch Doll House – Explore an interactive doll house based on the paintings of well-known 17th-century Dutch artists. Kids can “mix and match colorful characters, create decorative objects, and explore the kitchen, living quarters, artist’s studio, and courtyard.”
*NGAkids Jungle – Inspired by the art of Henri Rousseau, this activity allows kids to make a jungle scene filled with tigers, monkeys, and other exotic creatures.
Use the “Paintbox” option to make a mini-painting online, try out the “Collage Machine,” or use the latest “Flow” tech-tools to create artwork that moves.
Don’t miss the “3-D Twirler” to design three-dimensional, moving geometric shapes, and be sure to try “Pixelface,” an interactive portrait maker.
BONUS! Check out the “Adventures In Art” option at this site. Kids can explore highlights of the National Gallery of Art collection that is designed in a kid-friendly, interactive style.
Hi! It’s Saturday, October 19, 2013 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 5-10 (approximately, with parental supervision)
This commercial website offers the opportunity to access a variety of illustrated, animated, and narrated children’s books that introduce kids to works of art masters set to the music of classical composers.
When you get to the site you will see links to these engaging art and music books:
*Bach and Van Gogh – This delightful book plays beautiful Bach symphony music while slowly showing you images of artwork by Van Gogh.
*Remington & Dvorak – This mash up combines powerful images of the American West by Frederick Remington accompanied by the strong and adventurous sounds of Antonin Dvorak.
*Carnival of Harlequin – Drag and drop puzzles pieces to assemble the whimsical art of Joan Miro while listening to the airy sounds of Tchaikovsky. Links in this book let you learn more about the artist and composer through pictures and narration.
*Mona and Beethoven – This silly little interlude features a talking Mona Lisa, barely tolerating Beethoven’s jokes as he makes attempts at comedy.
When viewing these free sample books, you will also see some random advertisements. Parents, as always, should supervise Internet use. (This company does offer the books without advertising for a paid membership.)
When you’re through exploring the Art and Music section, check out some of the other free activity books also available on this site.
Hi! It’s Tuesday, March 16, 2010 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 8-11 (Designed for Grades 4-5, but can be tweaked for a broader range, with parental supervision)
The University of Illinois Extension offers these free, fun science activities that will help your students solve the mysteries of plant life! The interdisciplinary lessons introduce kids to plant science and how foods grow while enhancing their knowledge of science, math, language arts, social studies, music and art.
The activities are flexible and can be used separately or in an ordered manner. Some are designed with independent study in mind, others are group or classroom activities that can be altered for the homeschool environment.
When you get to the site, click “enter” to begin the adventure. Or, if you prefer, click on the “Teacher’s Guide” on the menu to get some tips on how to use the program. Either way, you will be introduced to six “Case Studies” as follows:
1) In Search of Green Life – Find out about the interrelationships that exist between people and plants. Learn about plant structure, plant parts, plant life cycles, and growing plants indoors.
2) Soiled Again – Learn about the composition or soil, nutrients in soil, gardening indoors, and composting.
3) Is It Dust, Dirt, Dandruff or a Seed? – Explore seeds, seed structure, germination, and non-flowering plants. 4) Plantenstein is the Suspect – Discover how plants reproduce and learn about pollination and flower parts.
5) Mysterious Parts that Surprise – Learn all about the differences and similarities between bulbs, rhizomes, and tubers.
6) You’ve Learned the Mysteries of Green Life – Test your knowledge of plants and plant life and enjoy additional activities such as growing lettuce, making a salad, and growing an indoor garden.
Each “Case Study” assumes the student is a detective searching to solve plant mysteries. These “Case Studies” are lessons cleverly disguised as fun activities that teach as they engage students in the process of learning about the science of plants.