Archive for the ‘music’ category

Easy Homemade Musical Instruments

April 18th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 18, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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Preschool Education – Musical Instruments

 

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

 

Don’t let the “preschool” title in this website stop you from taking a look at this activity.
This website page offers instructions on how to make 9 different musical instruments including:
  • Tambourine
  • Drum
  • Chimes
  • Horn
  • Cymbals
  • Xylophone
  • Comb Buzzer
  • Guitar
  • Handbells
All instruments are made with common items that you probably have around the house. While preschoolers will enjoy the activities and the joyful noise they can make, older children may also enjoy making these useful toys. Perhaps you can enlist their help in making some for their younger siblings – but don’t be surprised if everyone joins the family band!

Kid Songs and Rhymes of Ireland

March 14th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, March 14, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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Mama Lisa’s World – Kid Songs and Rhymes of Ireland

 

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-7, with parental supervision)

 

At this ad-supported page of the larger Mama Lisa’s World website, discover nursery rhymes, game songs, lullabies, traditional, and folk songs of Ireland.
When arriving at this link, visitors will find a list of songs or rhymes from which to choose. At the end of some titles there are symbols that indicate that in addition to the lyrics there are videos, midi files, MP3s, and/or sheet music available. Simply click on the text link to view the selection. Songs include such familiar tunes as: 
  • Cockles and Mussels
  • Danny Boy
  • I See the Moon, the Moon Sees Me
  • It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
  • Michael Finnigan
  • Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)
There are also a few songs available in Irish Gaelic:
  • A haon, a dó, muc is bó – One, Two, A Pig and A Cow
  • Dilín ó deamhas – Forever Oh
  • Lámh, lámh eile – Hand, Other Hand
  • Oíche Shamhna – Halloween, Halloween
  • Oró, sé do bheatha abhaile – Yay, Welcome Home!
  • Seoithín, Seo Hó – Hush-a-bye, Baby
  • Tá Mé ‘mo Shuí – I am Up
This website is a good, simple introduction to Irish music and rhymes.

Free On-Line Piano Lessons

January 10th, 2015

 

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

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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.

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