Archive for the ‘music’ category

Help Reluctant Readers with Cartoons

April 4th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

(www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 

  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 

  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “mad as a hatter.”

Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

Solve the Mysteries of Plant Life!

March 20th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Plant Escape

(extension.illinois.edu/gpe/index.cfm/)

Age Range: 8-11 (Designed for Grades 4-5, but can be tweaked for a broader age/ability range – with parental supervision)

 

The University of Illinois Extension offers this free, fun science unit 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 tweaked 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 pointers in how to use the program. Either way, you will be introduced to six “Case Studies” as follows:

  • 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.
  • Soiled Again – Learn about the composition of soil, nutrients in soil, gardening indoors, and composting.
  • Is It Dust, Dirt, Dandruff or a Seed? – Explore seeds, seed structure, germination, and non-flowering plants.
  • Plantenstein is the Suspect – Discover how plants reproduce and learn about pollination and flower parts.
  • Mysterious Parts That Surprise – Learn all about the differences and similarities between bulbs, rhizomes, and tubers.
  • 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Music for Kids

March 17th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 17, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Let’s Play Music – Celtic Songs for Kids for St. Patrick’s Day

(www.letsplaykidsmusic.com/celtic-songs-for-st-patricks-day-kids/)

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

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We found some fun music to add to your St. Patrick Day celebrations.

This ad-supported blog post provides YouTube videos of classic Celtic music including: 

  • The Irish Washerwoman
  • Gary Owen
  • Royal Irish Regiments’ Quick Marches
  • Paddy McGinty’s Goat
  • I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
  • Michael Finnegan

It also includes a video of the Ceili Irish Dance.

And here are 2 more blog posts: 

Marc Gunn – 12 Irish Songs for Kids for St. Patrick’s Day

Celt singer Marc Gunn shares audios from his CD St. Patrick’s Day Songs for Kids on his blog as well as a few not on the CD. Some of the songs are his original compositions. He also includes in this post links to some of the lyrics. Songs include: 

  • Rattlin’ Bog
  • I’ll Tell My Ma
  • Mairi’s Wedding
  • Gypsy Rover
  • Loch Lomond
  • The Mermaid Song

And more.

Living Montessori Now – Free St. Patrick’s Day Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time 

Along with some St. Patrick’s Day resource video links, this page includes the following YouTube video songs for kids: 

  • St. Patrick’s Day Song
  • Little Leprechaun Song for Kids
  • Green, Green, Green, Green
  • Potatoes and Cabbage
  • Counting with a Leprechaun

There are also links to more pages across the web for even more St. Patrick’s Day themed songs, rhymes, and fingerplays, mostly geared for younger children.

Classical Music for Kids

February 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, February 24, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Classics for Kids

(www.classicsforkids.com/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-9, with parental supervision)

 

The site, which is continuously updated, is a supplement to the “Classics for Kids” radio program and is a warehouse of music activities.

You will find information on stations that air the show at the website, and you can listen to the archived programs that bring great composers to life through music and stories. You can also download activities and lessons (pdfs) that focus on National Standards for the Arts and Music.

When you get to the site you will see the current month’s featured composer and menus that include features such as: 

  • On The Radio – Includes the current week’s radio show, an archive of past shows, and activity sheets that include wordsearch puzzles, games, and trivia.
  • Composers – Read biographies of different composers (across a timespan from 1685 to 2017) including Bach, Bernstein, Brahms, Britten, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Handel, Joplin, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Sousa, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and more!
  • Games – Play fun, interactive, online games that teach rhythm and notation.
  • Music – Hear music, learn the instruments of the symphony orchestra, explore a musical dictionary, and learn about musical careers.
  • Parents and Teachers – Access free lesson plans, activity sheets, and get tips and advice for music education.

Bookmark this one–you’ll want to return often!

Free Music Based Spanish Lessons

February 17th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, February 17, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rockalingua

(rockalingua.com/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Kids can learn basic Spanish and vocabulary structure with the free samples at this commercial website.

While this is a subscription website, there is a load of free content for visitors to use. It appears that this site is geared towards elementary-aged students, but the content can most certainly benefit the older student. When arriving at the website scroll down a bit to review the icons for: 

  • Videos
  • Games
  • Songs
  • Worksheets
  • Picture dictionaries

After your selection has been made browse through the page to locate available free content. For example, when we browsed the videos page we found free videos to learn: 

  • Greetings/Daily Routines
  • Animals
  • Colors and Numbers
  • Parts of the Body
  • Family Members
  • Seasons
  • Rooms of the House

Games included learning colors, numbers, parts of the body, rooms of the house. There were loads of free songs with downloadable lyrics and images. Worksheet options included numbers and colors, animals, rooms of the house, transportation, parts of the body and more. And don’t leave this site without checking out their blog for loads of teaching ideas.


The colorful images, witty songs and music, and fun games will make this site a great supplement to any Spanish language program.

Discover Music with the London Symphony Orchestra

February 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, February 3, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

London Symphony Orchestra – Play

(play.lso.co.uk/)

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

 

Explore the world of orchestra music with this portion of the larger London Symphony Orchestra website.

After arriving at the home page, click through the panes to the “Explore” slide and locate the “Select a performance” link. On this page, search through the slides to find a desired performance you would like to select. Currently there are five choices: 

  • Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
  • Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony
  • Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
  • Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
  • Ravel’s Bolero

Once a selection has been made, chose the “Start watching” link to see multiple camera angles of the performance. There are 4 views visible on your screen that you can set for the specific angles you wish to see. In the upper left of the window there is a menu button. Select this to reveal additional options including “Explore Orchestra” where visitors can learn about the instruments in the orchestra performance, read biographies of the musicians, view Masterclass videos, as well as download teacher resource information.

This website provides a wonderful introduction to orchestral music for students of all ages.

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