Posts Tagged ‘kids’

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!

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 5th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 15-18, 2019.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to The Great Backyard Birdcount website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, and view the bird photo gallery.


Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.com. Use a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

Free Unplugged Computer Science Activities for Kids!

January 29th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 29, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Computer Science Unplugged

(csunplugged.org/en/topics/)

Age Range: 5-15 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website provides free lessons and activities that teach computer science. It’s a collaborative effort by the University of Canterbury, Google and Microsoft.

Designed with classroom use in mind, the activities can be tweaked for the homeschool environment. When you get to the site you’ll see the five topics: 

  • Binary Numbers
  • Kidbots
  • Sorting Networks
  • Error detection and correction
  • Searching Algorithms

There are 3-6 lessons in each topic – there’s also a unit plan along with curriculum integrations. Some of the choices are: 

  • Binary Candles or Normal Candles on your Cake
  • Storytelling
  • Growing into a butterfly
  • Quick card flip magic
  • Where is my hat
  • and more!

You’ll also find photos and some videos that illustrate the activities as well as links to other useful resources.

Learn about Captain Cook!

January 17th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, January 17, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Captain James Cook

(cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/History/Explorers/James_Cook/index.htm)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Learn about Captain James Cook, the first European to cross the Antarctic Circle on this date in 1773.

From Cook’s journal on January 17, 1773: “…we cross’d the Antarctic Circle for at Noon we were by observation four Miles and a half South of it and are undoubtedly the first and only Ship that ever cross’d that line.” 


This Cybersleuth Kids website has gathered two pages of links with more information about Captain James Cook, the English explorer, navigator and pioneer. Some of the topics include: 

  • an encyclopedia entry
  • a printable and fact sheet
  • charts
  • birthplace museum
  • timeline
  • stamps
  • and more!

Click on any link to learn more about Captain Cook: his life, his voyages, and his ships.

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.

Fun with Homonyms & More

January 9th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Homonym Game

(homonymgame.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

 

This site is a hoot! A father named Dave and his six-year-old son Isaac collaborated to create this free game to challenge your knowledge of homonyms, homophones, and puns

As explained at the website, “Homonyms are words with the same sound and spelling but different meanings. Homophones are words with the same sound but different spellings and meanings. Puns are homonyms and homophones that are funny.”

When you get to the site, look at the pictures and read the rhymes for clues to guess the right homonym, homophone, or word that solves each puzzle. The original illustrations are pure whimsy, and the rhymes are pretty “punny.”

We tried about 12 or 13 puzzles for this review. We are not sure how many are there in total, so if you visit the site and get to the end, let us know how many are there. 

To learn more about the creators, Dave and Isaac, you can scroll down to the “About This Site” section on any page. And you can even submit your own puns.

This is just too cute for words. Maybe it will inspire you and your kids to design some entertaining learning games too.

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