Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Performing Arts with Bob Hope

April 27th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 27, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bob Hope and American Variety

www.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

The Library of Congress offers this free online presentation of the life of entertainer Bob Hope and the history of American Variety entertainment including Vaudeville, Radio, Movies, Television, and more.


Using photographs, illustrations, and text, this exhibit provides a biography of Hope’s career that provides fascinating historical information about the performing arts as well. 

When you get to the website use the menu in the middle that includes:

  • Early Life – Find out where Bob Hope was born, his real name, and how he got his start in show business.
  • Vaudeville – Discover Hope’s journey through vaudeville and get some terrific insight about what made this artform so popular.
  • Motion Pictures – Learn about the country’s transition to film making and the role of Hope’s series of “Road” pictures from 1940-1962 with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour.
  • Joke File – Explore Hope’s theft-proof joke vault with more than 85,00 pages of  bits, sketches, and jokes created by his team of comedy writers.
  • On The Road: USO Shows – Read about Hope’s 50-years of performing variety shows for U.S. troops.
  • And more!

This interesting exhibition about Hope’s life provides keen insight into American history, culture, life, and values. It may springboard interest in watching some of Hope’s films that the whole family may find entertaining. You can rent DVDs of Hope’s “Road” pictures such as Road to Singapore and Road to Rio. Your public library may have them as well.

Classical Music Learning for Kids

February 16th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 16, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Go Classical For Kids

(classicalkusc.org/kids/)

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

 

This website offers one of the best, web-based educational activities on classical music that we’ve seen – designed just for kids!

When you get to the site choose from the following icons to watch and listen: 

  • Hansel & Gretel – Learn about opera and interactively control the elements in the scenes. Includes lesson plans, text transcripts form the game, a quiz to test knowledge, and hands on activities.
  • Scheherazade Interactive – The symphonic music of Rimsky-Korsakov is set to the story of “The Thousand and One Arabian Nights.” Parents can enjoy this activity using the listening guides on each screen and four music games for kids. Don’t forget to click on the “oil jars” at the bottom of the screen for further learning. Includes free, downloadable teachers’ lessons and guides.
  • Brahms – This online educational experience sets Brahms’ music to a story about Brahms and the culture of Vienna Austria in the 1890s. It includes chamber music, listening guides, and games. Includes free, downloadable teachers’ lessons and guides.
  • Alan Chapman Studio – Take a virtual tour of classical radio station KUSC, 91.5 FM, Los Angeles, with a popular radio host!
  • Family Listening Activity – Enjoy listening to music that imitates the sound of water. Classical pieces have been selected wherein the music sounds like a ship on the sea, a mermaid’s song, a storm, a river, and a fountain. This listen-and-learn exercise comes with simple, helpful text and suggestions that parents – who don’t have any previous experience in music education – can do and enjoy with their children.

And more!

Lessons for Black History Month

February 7th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, February 7, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Culture & Change: Black History in America

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

February is Black History month. Discover famous African-Americans and explore black history with this website from Scholastic.

Presentations include: 

  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights – Learn about Rosa Parks’ role in the fight against discrimination.
  • Melba Pattillo: Integrating Central High: The Melba Pattillo story – Discover the dangers and events faced by 9 students during the desegregation of an all-white school in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Famous African-American Inventors – Meet 14 inventors whose contributions changed the world around us.
  • Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage – Through slide shows, an interactive digital magazine, and a kid-created video presentation, explore the story of the first African-American child to integrate an all-white elementary school.
  • The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery – Take an interactive journey through the Underground Railroad that includes many additional resources to supplement this study.
  • History of Jazz – Join Grammy-Award winner Wynton Marsalis to explore jazz music and the people and events that formed it.

Any or all of these presentations will be a wonderful addition to your history studies and help your student gain a better understanding of black history.

Coloring pages of art masterpieces

January 12th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 12, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CyberSpain

(www.cyberspain.com/colorme/iexplorer.htm)

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

 

This website offers a unique opportunity for your children to learn about art masterpieces housed in the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that offers 7 coloring pages of great works of art as follows: 

  • Noble Man with Hand on Chest by El Greco
  • El Buen Pastor by Murillo
  • The Maids of Honour by Velazquez
  • The Sunshade by Goya
  • The Duke of Lerma by Rubens
  • Still Life by Zurbaran
  • The Puppet by Goya

Click on any one, and a new page opens with a black and white coloring page of the masterpiece. Print it out, and your child can color it. The coloring page includes a paragraph of information about the picture and the artist who painted it.

This provides a great opportunity to introduce kids to art and art history. In fact, to further the learning, click on the words “The Prado” in the introduction, and you can see pictures of the real artwork on display at the museum. (Click on the images for a larger view.)

Note: These 2 pages are part of the vast CyberSpain.com website that provides info on the art, life, and culture of Spain. We did not review the rest of the site. Therefore, as always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW the site to determine suitability of content for your own children.

Geography, History, & Culture

January 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, January 3, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geographia

(www.geographia.com/)

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

 

This website offers virtual guides to the geography, culture and history of different countries of the world.

These areas are included: 

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Latin America

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured country (currently Malaysia), and below that a menu of the most recent countries and destinations that have been added to the site. Click on any title and a new page opens where you can virtually explore a multi-media travel guide of that location.

Or, click on the menu on the left side of your screen to open a window to any of the locations described above.

Enjoy colorful photographs, interesting text, and the ability to sample some of the sounds and music of the location as well (so turn on your speakers).

This site is designed as a travel guide – but the educational content here makes it much more. You’ll learn about the geography, people, culture, nature and history of the country and find out about the national parks, attractions, places off the beaten path, activities, important dates and festivals, and much more.

There is a lot of content here, and we weren’t able to explore it all. Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

This site provides a great way to see the world without leaving home. It’s also a fantastic way to jump-start a social sciences curriculum. In addition, it may just inspire a destination for your next family vacation.

Learn Native American Languages

November 17th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 17, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native Languages of the Americas

(www.native-languages.org/)

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

 

This simple website, presented by the Minnesota non-profit corporation, Native Languages of the Americas, is “dedicated to the preservation and promotion of endangered American Indian languages.”

After arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links broken down into the following categories: 

  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families – Explore over 25 Amerindian language families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages – links to purchase books about Native American languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages – links to other related websites

Each category provides a list of links to more pages with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the “Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources” you will find links to: 

  • An alphabetical list of Native American languages that you can explore
  • Native American language worksheets that include online picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and printable body parts worksheets for over 50 different languages
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Geographical index of Native American tribes
  • Maps of Native American culture areas
  • An online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

This website would be an excellent supplemental resource in your studies of Native Americans. While this minimally ad-supported website may not be fancy, there is an abundance of fascinating information and learning material for those seeking a glimpse into Native American languages.

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