Archive for the ‘music’ category

Math with Phi: The Golden Number

June 19th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 19, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Phi: The Golden Number

(www.goldennumber.net/math/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is devoted to the exploration of Phi, an irrational number like Pi that is the ratio of the line segments that result when a line is divided in a special way. You’ll find many demonstrations of Phi along with its history from ancient Greece and Egypt, to the Renaissance, to modern day with its appearance in quasi-crystals — a form of matter discovered in the 1980’s.

Use the menu to see Phi demonstrated in many different areas including: 

  • Design/Art – Phi is in Art, Architecture, Color, Music, Poetry, Marketing, and even Credit Cards.
  • Life – Explore Phi in Human Anatomy, Animals, Plants, DNA, and Population Growth.
  • Mathematics – Including Means, Fibonacci Patterns, Pascal’s Triangle, and more.
  • Geometry – Look for Phi in Bucky Balls, Circles, Triangles, Orthogons, Quasi-crystals, Spirals, and more.
  • Markets/Gaming – See how Phi and Fibonacci numbers are used to predict stock market moves.
  • Cosmos – Phi appears in the Solar System, Universe, Quantum Matter, Quantum Time, etc.
  • Theology – See a demonstration of Phi in the Bible.

This is an ad-supported website that provides a fascinating demonstration of mathematics (and particularly Phi) in all aspects of life. It is beautifully illustrated and clearly written.

Create a Beatbox Band

June 17th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 17, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Incredibox

(www.incredibox.com/)

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

 

Become the conductor of a group of animated human sound machines and express your musicality through this free, fun, and easy to use interactive program. Sponsored by a graphic design and mixed media studio, Incredibox lets you record your music composition to share with friends.

When you get to the site, select from versions: 

  • The original – 2009
  • Little miss – 2012
  • Sunrise – 2013
  • The love – 2014

After making a selection, a short introduction demonstrates how to use the program. Once the intro is over, the program will be ready to begin. You’ll see animated male characters. Drag and drop different effects, beats, melodies, and voices (from icons located below the animation screen). As you drop them onto the character, it will dress the character in a new outfit and demonstrate the effect. Continue until you create a musical piece that appeals to you. 

Use the small icons above the music screen to record your music, shuffle the program (automate it), remove the sounds (start over), and change the settings. It takes a little experimentation to get proficient at creating compositions, but the fun is in exploring and testing the possibilities.

Note: There is a big “Play Now” button located at the bottom of the screen that opens a page where you can download a game program. It was difficult to tell if it was an advertisement – but it’s not part of the Incredibox program. Our advice is to avoid it. Also, there is a paid version of Incredibox available in the Apple App Store.

Music, Dance, Exercise, & Learn

May 27th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 27, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GoNoodle!

(www.gonoodle.com/)

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

 

Get up, dance, and learn with this fun website intended to get the kids moving. You must create a free account to access the more than “250 research-based movement activities”.

Once you have signed up, log in and your child creates their online “Champ” that they can personalize further by earning rewards for “moving along with GoNoodle.” Kids select from categories or “Channels” that provide videos of not only fun exercises and dance activities, but also include songs that can help with math, science, language arts, classical music and more. Channels include: 

  • Blazer Fresh
  • MooseTube
  • Amp Your Champ
  • Hot Ticket
  • Indoor Recess
  • Limited Time
  • Awesome Sauce
  • Kidz Bop
  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo
  • Fresh Start Fitness
  • The Champ
  • Harmonic
  • Flow
  • Zumba Kids
  • Go with the Pro
  • Maximo
  • Brainercise with Mr. Catman
  • Game On!
  • Think About it
  • Empower Tools

And more. Once you have verified your student’s account, you can check their online time and browse through all of the extras available such as tips, articles, and printables. This kid-friendly website is colorful, fun, and easy to navigate. But, beware when checking out the different videos. You may just find yourself getting up and moving too.

Language Arts Songs!

April 19th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 19, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mrs. Jones Room: Sing Along Songs

(www.mrsjonesroom.com/songs/alphlist.html)

Age Range: 3-9 (Grades PreK-4, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free songs that teach language arts.

The songs include: 

  • The Alphabet
  • Short & Long Vowel Sounds
  • Consonant Digraphs
  • Learn To Spell Songs

It also offers: 

  • Sing-Along Theme Songs (A huge treasure trove of songs about Science, Math, and Social Studies.)

A classroom teacher, Mrs. Jones, has created the lyrics that teach these concepts and set them to familiar tunes such as, “Farmer in the Dell,” “Bingo,” and “The Hokey Pokey.” Each song has printable lyrics and an audio version of the tune – so you can sing along!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices. Select the topic of interest and a new page opens with a menu of songs. Click on any one and a new page opens where you can read the lyrics and hear the tune.

Setting things that require rote memorization to music, makes learning easier and a whole lot of fun! Plus, as the website explains, “Singing gives us playful opportunities to practice oral language, dramatic expression, creative movement and motor skills.”

If you need more convincing, don’t miss the archive of articles and links to websites (located on the homepage below the menu of songs) that site research studies about the role of music in brain development and learning.

Free Piano Teaching Resources

April 15th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 15, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Susan Paradis Piano Teaching Resources

(www.susanparadis.com/free/)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Looking for printables, games, and activities to supplement your music studies, specifically piano? Then check out this website from classroom music specialist, Susan Paradis. Visitors will find loads of great teaching ideas and colorful printables to add fun and interest to their music class.

When arriving at today’s link, you will find a list of topical links to access the various freebies. Categories include: 

  • Christmas Games and Worksheets
  • Christmas Music
  • Composing Activities
  • Easter Games and Worksheets
  • Easter Music
  • Games for Anytime
  • Halloween and Autumn Games and Worksheets
  • Halloween and Autumn Music
  • Music
  • Pre-reading Music
  • Sacred Music
  • Teaching Aids
  • Thanksgiving Games and Music
  • Valentine Games and Worksheets
  • Valentine Music
  • UK Vocabulary Worksheets
  • Worksheets for Anytime

There are so many wonderfully created resources here you will want to add this website to your bookmarks.

The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

March 25th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 25, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

(www.vegetableorchestra.org/index.php)

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

 

Listen to the music of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra! No kidding! A group of Austrian musicians got together and created an entire line of instruments from vegetables! Not only that, they record their music and perform in concert halls!

When you get to the website, select the “Info” link in the upper menu to learn about the group. While these performers take their music seriously, they do have a sense of humor. Terrific puns and double entendres are peppered throughout the text making it a delicious read! Use the menu to navigate the site that includes: 

  • Instruments (found under “Info”) – See photos of the various instruments and their names.
  • Questions & Answers (also found under “Info”) – Get most of your questions about the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra answered. Then use the “ask us” link at the bottom of that page to query the VVO further.
  • Sound – Listen to “cuts” from the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra’s CDs.
  • Video – THE BEST PART! Watch video performances and a video of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra shopping for their instruments at the vegetable stand in the local marketplace, transforming the veggies into musical instruments (with the aid of knives and drills), and then performing a concert. (Be sure to turn on your speakers!)

If you and your kids want to see more edible instruments, then check out the YouTube video, Introduction of Handmade Musical Instruments“. A Japanese musician plays the carrot flute, asparagus panpipes, cucumber trumpet and more. While he speaks in Japanese, there are English subtitles. (Note: This is YouTube – as always parents should preview to determine suitability of content.)

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