Posts Tagged ‘music’

Fun Renaissance Interactive!

October 26th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Renaissance Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of the extensive Learner.org resource for teachers. It offers an interactive exploration of the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries) – a time of scientific, artistic, economic, political and social rebirth as Europe (and Italy in particular) emerged from the Middle Ages.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Navigate this interactive by using the menu on the left that includes: 

  • Out of the Middle Ages – Learn how the bubonic plague (aka “Black Death”) resulted in a new middle class population, the resurgence of city living, and a new economy. Click on links to primary source documents, museum exhibits, and more.
  • Exploration and Trade – Find out how scientific improvements in navigation tools and cartography led to advancements in exploration and trade. Don’t miss the interactive, “Become a Spice Trader” and find out if your trading skills will lead to riches or ruin.
  • Printing and Thinking – Discover how Gutenberg’s printing press forever changed the lives of people worldwide as they transitioned from papyrus to paper. It launched a rebirth of classical studies in Latin and Greek, and led to the emergence of “The Humanist Philosophy” and also the Protestant Reformation.
  • Symmetry, Shape, & Size – Explore Renaissance architecture and music. See how the merging of art and science affected mathematical perspective and consequently Galileo’s work in astronomy, Fibonacci’s numbers, and more.
  • Focus on Florence – Find out why this Italian city was a focal point of the Renaissance period. Meet the Medici family. Learn about the spiritual and religious beliefs that were prevalent. Discover the art of Botticelli and Michelangelo.

In every section you’ll find links to additional resources to explore. A few links lead to error messages, but most of them work. That said, if you click on the links you’ll visit other websites that we have not reviewed. So parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content.

Online Visual Dictionary

October 25th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 25, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Visual Dictionary

(infovisual.info/en)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers a free online Visual Dictionary. It’s different from a regular dictionary – instead of just word definitions, it provides colorful visual images that enhance the meaning of the words and concepts you explore. Concise textual definitions (in three languages) are included, but it’s secondary to the images.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the list of topics that are in The Visual Dictionary. We suggest you click on “List of Topics” on the menu tab because then you can see each topic area with a drop-down list of what it covers as follows: 

  • Biology Vegetal – See images (with text) that define and describe plant cell structure, structure of a leaf, leaf shapes, types of roots, flower germination, diagram of the stages of mitosis, fruits, vegetables, and much more.
  • Biology Animal – Learn about the structure of a bacterial cell or an amoeba or paramecium, find out about the anatomy of an earthworm, starfish, jellyfish, snake, frog, fish, shark, fly, bee, cricket, spider, bird, bat, cat, dog, deer, gorilla and more.
  • Human Body – Explore cells, muscles, skeletal system, finger nails, parts of a tooth, nervous system, eyes, ears, nasal and oral cavities, digestive system, respiratory system, human heart, reproductive system, and more.
  • Music – Discover a wide variety of instruments from around the world including Europe, India, China, Africa, and South America. Get info on percussion, wind, brass, and string instruments. Learn about music notation.
  • Transport – Learn all about automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trains, boats, planes, hot air balloons, and rockets. Get details on engines, air filters, brakes, shock absorbers, tires, and more. Explore roads and bridges.
  • Clothing – Everything you ever wanted to know about clothing and accessories including info on cultural differences in styles. Check out uniforms and costumes too!

This is a great reference tool. Just exploring The Visual Dictionary is sure to springboard interest in a wide variety of topics. Bookmark it to return often!

Fun Online Math Tutorials & Interactives

October 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, October 23, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Online Resources: Math

(www.kidsolr.com/math/index.html)

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

 

Kids Online Resources, maintained by the Webb Family of Arcata, California, is a massive archive of web-based learning activities for a wide variety of subjects “from kindergarten to college”. 

We focused on the math pages today. Under “Math Resources”, there are 4 pages of links – click the red hand to move to the next page. Or you can go directly to these categories: 

  • Algebra
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percents
  • Calculus, Geometry, Integrals, Statistics, Trigonometry

At this site, you’ll find enough math activities and lessons to cover your curriculum for years to come. Plus, you’ll find web-based lessons and activities for: 

  • Art/Music
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • And much, much more!

Don’t miss their Kid Science Link found on the home page – with lessons and activities on Astronomy, Botany, Herpetology and more.

YouTube Guitar Lessons

October 21st, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, October 21, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube Guitar Lessons

(youtubeguitarlessons.net/)

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

 

At this website you will find free beginning to intermediate guitar lessons provided through videos with musician Brian Roughton, who happens to be a homeschool dad.

We learned about this site from Brian who wrote…

“I am a homeschooling parent who has taught guitar for the past 14 years. Recently I created a website to serve as a free teaching resource for homeschooled students who are interested in learning to play guitar. It is intended to guide a student from the earliest stages to an intermediate level without the need for outside assistance. I will be adding more lessons over time in order to cater to students who are more advanced.”

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction.  Use the horizontal menu above it to access the lessons that include: 

  • Basic Chords – Enjoy guitar video lessons that teach you how to play basic chords.
  • Strumming – Learn the best techniques for strumming the guitar.
  • Bar Chords – Take video lessons to learn how to play bar chords.
  • Intermediate lessons – lessons that are aimed at improving left hand technique
  • Learning songs by ear – a few written lessons on playing by ear
  • Music Theory for guitarists – textural lessons on theory as applied to guitar playing
  • And more.

You’ll also find tips for practicing guitar and you can watch videos of Brian’s students playing guitar. Read the “About Me” section, located under the Brian Roughton link to review Brian’s impressive qualifications to teach guitar.

The information and lessons are presented in a very user-friendly format. The material is well-organized and easy to understand. This is a terrific resource for those who want to learn to play guitar.

[ClickSchooling] KidsArt.com – Top Ten Art Lists

October 7th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, October 7, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidsArt.com – Top Ten Art Lists

(kidsart.com/free-resources/top-ten-art-lists/)

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

 

The KidsArt.com website has added a fun, new feature called “Top Ten Art.”

Essentially, they have assembled art-themed lists for kids to explore such as:

  • Top Ten Tips & Tricks with Watercolor Paints
  • Top Ten Online Art Museums for Kids
  • Top Ten Things to Use for a Monster Costume
  • Top Ten Periods in Western Art History
  • Top Ten Music for Abstract Art
  • Top Ten Things to Remember when you Teach Art
  • Top Ten Coupons for Kids to Give to their Parents
  • Top Ten Things to Collect for Collage Art
  • Top Ten Favorite American Artists for Kids to Know

These lists contain brief information, others have activity ideas, and some offer links to more info. New lists are featured periodically on the site. The old lists are archived for easy access.

You can easily get creative with the simpler lists and use them to springboard a study of some aspect of art. For example, find items on the Top Ten Things to Collect for Collage and create a collage incorporating all those items, or go on a Web-Quest to find examples of the artwork of the Top Ten Favorite American Artists.

You’ll have great fun trying some of the suggested activities on the other lists – such as the currently featured Top Ten Tricks & Tips with Watercolor Paints.

Bookmark this site so you can return from time to time to check out the latest Top Ten Art List.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

September 30th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 30, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Guitar Zone

(www.kidsguitarzone.com/)

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

 

Kids can learn the basics of playing a guitar with these free lessons from Andrew Keppie. Lessons are presented through short video presentations that focus on one concept at a time.

Lessons start with the basics and single string songs and progress through more complex chords. Lessons include: 

  • Lesson 1 – the parts of a guitar, how to hold a guitar, tuning a guitar and reading a tablature
  • Lesson 2 – Learn to play some songs on one string including “Smoke on the Water”, “The Peter Gunn Theme”, “Summer Lovin'”, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, and “Seven Nation Army.”
  • Lesson 3 – Play two string songs such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “Blister in the Sun”, and “Jingle Bells” chorus.
  • Lesson 4 – Three string songs include “Happy Birthday”, “Beat It”, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, “The Skye Boat Song”, “1 2 3 4 5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive”, “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, “The James Bond Theme”, and “Jingle Bells” the verse.
  • Lesson 5 – Songs on 4 strings are “La Bamba”, “Jack and Jill”, “Yankee Doodle”, “The Farmer in the Dell”, and “The Pink Panther Theme.”
  • Lesson 6 – how to play chords and read chord windows
  • Lesson 7 – Play “Wild Thing” with three chords.
  • Lesson 8 – Using three chords, learn to play “Yellow Submarine” and “Shake It Off.”
  • Lesson 9 – Learn to use power chords to play “Beat It.”
  • Lesson 10 – Learn to play a simple version of “Gangnam Style.”

Most lessons include multiple videos and accompanying downloadable PDFs. Select the “Kids Guitars” link in the menu for some information on selecting a guitar for your student.

If you have a child interested in playing the guitar, this website will provide a good starting point.

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