Posts Tagged ‘music’

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.

Groundhog Art!

February 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 2, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundhog Day

(www.groundhog.org/resources-for-teachers)

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

 

Today, February 2nd, is Groundhog Day! In North America the groundhog is said to wake from winter hibernation and crawl out of its burrow.

If the groundhog sees his shadow, he gets frightened and returns to his den for another six weeks, prolonging winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, he emerges from his home and spring begins. The “official” groundhog is named Punxsutawney Phil. He lives at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

NOTE: This site gets so much activity on February 2nd, that you may get an error message. Don’t let it deter you. Keep trying or wait until tomorrow and try again. The lesson plans and educational activities can be done anytime. So, bookmark this site to access them when there’s less traffic. Happy Groundhog Day!

When you get to the site, you will see a list of the most popular activities including: 

  • Color Phil
  • Phil’s Letter Trace
  • Shadow Play
  • and more

Be sure to check out the More Resources on the right hand sidebar for Preschool, Elementary, Middle School and High School in categories such as Math and Music.

Want more? Then don’t miss the fun and games designed especially for little ones at Universal Preschool hereFind out how to make a paperbag groundhog or a cardboard box burrow or go on a groundhog hunt!

Music with Mozart

January 26th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 26, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(www.classicsforkids.com/composers/composer_profile.php?id=46)

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

 

Gather the family around the computer for a treat about the life and music of one of the world’s great classical music composers, Mozart, born January 27, 1756.

This site has archived radio shows that bring great composers to life through music and stories. When you get to the site, you will see a painting of Mozart’s face and a little biography about him. Scroll down to the two audio clips and you can listen to music written by Mozart that may be familiar to you. Then scroll down further to the six ‘shows’ about Mozart:

  • About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Mozart’s Operas
  • Janissary Music
  • What’s a Rondo?
  • Child Prodigy Composers
  • The Magic Flute

Each one is about 6 minutes long and has music and narration to learn more about this great composer and his music.

Free Kids Music

January 5th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 5, 2019, and time for Music  at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Kids Music

(freekidsmusic.com/)

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-7, with parental supervision)

 

Many of the songs you’ll find on this site are from talented, independent children’s music artistsThese are complete songs – not samples. As the website explains, the artists post free music downloads here to introduce you to their music with the hope that if you like what you hear, you’ll buy their tunes or book them for a gig.

When you get to the site you’ll see some information about featured artists and their songs in the center of the screen. Use the menu at the top of the page to view: 

  • Artists 1,2,3,4 – This is an alphabetical listing of artists who have free songs available for download on the site. You may not recognize the names of these artists or bands (for example, Oren and the Hiccups) – but you’re sure to have fun getting to know them and their music.
  • Traditional Children’s Songs – Select classic children’s songs by title such as “The Alphabet Song,” “Do Your Ears Hang Low,” “Found A Peanut,” “Frere Jacques,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “Kumbaya,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and many more.
  • Kids Music Videos – View a selection of independent artist YouTube videos of kid songs.

To check out the available music, click on a song title or an artist’s name and a new page opens where you can access their music in a downloadable MP3 file – and you’ll even find lyrics and chords so you can sing or play along.

Please note: We had trouble downloading the MP3 files per the site’s instruction and received an error message about updating browser and Flash plugin. However, we found this work-around that seemed to do the trick: 

  1. Once the song page opens, locate the audio file under the “Free Song Downloads Section.
  2. Look to the upper right of the frame for the stacked windows icon (pop-up window icon). Select this.
  3. When the new window opens, we were now able to right-click to get the “Save link as” option to be able to download the MP3.

Oh, and if you happen to be a children’s music artist, click on “Promote Your Music” and find out how to get your music featured on this site.

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.

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