Posts Tagged ‘music’

Folk Music and Dance for Kids

April 7th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 7, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Board of Education: So Why Music?

(www.schools.utah.gov/curr/finearts/elementarysongs)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website by the Utah Office of Education encourages learning Fine Arts to “enable students to express their feelings, communicate thoughts, explore their creativity, solve problems, communicate ideas, develop a sense of community, and appreciate themselves as participants in history, tradition, and culture.”

To that end they offer a free music catalog of downloadable song files (mp3), sheet music with lyrics, and dance instructions that accompany some of the songs.

When you get to the site you’ll see the Elementary Songbook Music Catalog with a menu of traditional children’s music and folk song titles that include: 

  • “A Tisket, A Tasket”
  • “Bingo”
  • “Buffalo Gals”
  • “Down By the Bay”
  • “Going to the Zoo”
  • “If You’re Happy”
  • “Old MacDonald”
  • “Take Me Out To the Ball Game”
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • “Yankee Doodle”

And many more titles that you’re sure to recognize.

Plus, you’ll find a menu of Movement/Dance Options that include free, printable instructions for folk dances you can do as you listen to the songs. You’ll discover: 

  • A simple line dance in a middle eastern style
  • A couple dance after the style of French Canadian step dancing
  • A simple circle dance in the style of “big circle mountain” dancing
  • A contemporary American country line dance for sets of 3
  • A Latin American line dance popular at Carnival
  • A circle dance adaptation of traditional Native American style
  • A square dance in traditional formation
  • A simple variation of the traditional Virginia reel in long sets

This is a terrific resource to help your kids learn songs of historical and cultural significance. You can learn the dance steps too, and it might be a great project for a homeschool support group or scout troop.

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.)

Free Lesson Plans for Music, Dance, Theater and More

March 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 24, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

(artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons.aspx)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Kennedy Center sponsors this website that provides multimedia activities and in-depth lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and a “Lesson Finder” search engine. Simply select: 

  • Grade Band
    • K-4
    • 5-8
    • 9-12 
  • Arts Subject
    • Dance
    • Literary Arts
    • Media Arts
    • Music
    • Theater
    • Visual Arts
  • Other Subject
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Physical Education
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Technology
    • World Languages

Click “Find” and a new page opens displaying the title and description of the lesson. Click on a title and another page opens displaying the lesson overview and objectives. Then, just click on the arrows to get the instructions and activities with links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. There are even tips for how to prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Hampton Mansion

March 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Friday, March 23, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hampton National Historic Site

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/hampton/index.html)

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

 

Step back into time with this virtual museum tour of the Hampton Historical Site in Towson, Maryland.

This website from the National Park Service provides a glimpse into Mid-Atlantic life from the 1790s through the 20th century. Once arriving at today’s link, read the overview, then select the “Mansion Tour” link under the introduction to begin the tour. Use the maps on the right to explore the various rooms, which display artifacts representing a specific time-period: 

  • Drawing Room – 1830-1860
  • Music Room – the high Victorian era, 1870-1890
  • Great Hall – Ridgely family portraits
  • Parlour – 1790-1810
  • Dining Room –  1810-1829
  • Kitchen – second quarter of the 19th century
  • Guest Bedchamber – 1890-1910
  • Master Bedchamber – 1780-1810
  • Northeast Bedchamber – mid-19th century

When selecting a room, move your mouse over the image to move around the room and get a closer look at various objects. Each room is also accompanied by a description of the display.

After finishing your tour of the mansion, use the upper menu to learn more about the Ridgely family by selecting the “People” link. See more detailed images of artifacts by selecting the other links in the menu.

The images on this site are wonderful and most can be examined more closely with a simple move of the mouse.

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.

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