Posts Tagged ‘rhymes’

Stories From A Long, Long Time Ago

April 8th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 8, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Long, Long Time Ago – stories for you

Age Range: 3-11 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Children’s book author, Rohini Chowdhury, retells a collection of timeless tales for kids that you can read online or print out to read offline. There are no bells and whistles at this website just interesting stories that children will enjoy reading or hearing.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:
  • Fables
  • Folktales
  • Fairytales
  • Myths
  • Festival Stories
  • Tales from History
  • Classics
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Stories Behind Great Discoveries
  • Tales Behind Nursery Rhymes
  • Short Stories
Click on any item and a new page opens with a brief historical introduction and a short menu of stories in that tradition. Most are retold by Chowdhury, unless otherwise indicated. The stories are presented in plain text, and a few of the stories are accompanied by colorful illustrations.NOTE: Because myths, fairytales, legends, fantasy and the like can touch on many themes and topics, parents (as always) should preview the material on this site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Pomegranate Pips” for young children (about ages 3-5) are all accompanied by illustrations.

In addition to the stories available on the site, you’ll find some free, printable, activity pages – a crossword and a word search for older children, and a maze for young children.

To top off the offerings on this site, you’ll find reviews of children’s books and some very interesting biographies of children’s writers.

Kid Songs and Rhymes of Ireland

March 14th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, March 14, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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Mama Lisa’s World – Kid Songs and Rhymes of Ireland

 

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-7, with parental supervision)

 

At this ad-supported page of the larger Mama Lisa’s World website, discover nursery rhymes, game songs, lullabies, traditional, and folk songs of Ireland.
When arriving at this link, visitors will find a list of songs or rhymes from which to choose. At the end of some titles there are symbols that indicate that in addition to the lyrics there are videos, midi files, MP3s, and/or sheet music available. Simply click on the text link to view the selection. Songs include such familiar tunes as: 
  • Cockles and Mussels
  • Danny Boy
  • I See the Moon, the Moon Sees Me
  • It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
  • Michael Finnigan
  • Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)
There are also a few songs available in Irish Gaelic:
  • A haon, a dó, muc is bó – One, Two, A Pig and A Cow
  • Dilín ó deamhas – Forever Oh
  • Lámh, lámh eile – Hand, Other Hand
  • Oíche Shamhna – Halloween, Halloween
  • Oró, sé do bheatha abhaile – Yay, Welcome Home!
  • Seoithín, Seo Hó – Hush-a-bye, Baby
  • Tá Mé ‘mo Shuí – I am Up
This website is a good, simple introduction to Irish music and rhymes.

Arts & Crafts, Activities, Worksheets, and More!

December 6th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 6, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

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All Kids Network

 

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

Not only does this ad-supported website have hundreds of craft projects and coloring and activity pages, but it is also a great resource for fun educational worksheets and other teaching resources.
Use the navigation bar to choose from: 
  • Kids Crafts
  • Kids Worksheets
  • Kids Activities
  • Teaching Resources
Under the Kids Crafts you can further narrow your search using the sidebar menu. The main categories to select from include: 
  • Seasonal Crafts – Spring, summer, winter, or fall, find projects such as Fall Leaf Book, Snow Globe Craft, Raining Cloud Craft, Bubble Wrap Beehive Craft.
  • Holiday Crafts – Find ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, and many other special days of the year.
  • Educational Crafts – There are projects for the alphabet, numbers, shapes, Back to School, books, and 100th day.
  • Animal Crafts – Lots of craft projects featuring farm animals, fish and other water animals, bugs, birds, and dinosaurs.
  • More Crafts – Check out crafts highlighting nursery rhymes, the Bible, fire safety, space, fantasy, music, birthday, and many more.
All projects include a list of supplies needed as well as detailed instructions.

In the Kids Activities section, find hundreds of coloring pages featuring movie, television, and cartoon characters and themed pages for holidays, shapes, numbers, letters, animals, and much more. There are even color by number pages.

You will also find mazes, dot to dots, hidden pictures, and many more fun activity pages to print out in the Kids Activities section.

Looking for themed worksheets? Check them out under the Kids Worksheet page, or find lined paper, flash card, certificates, calendars, and sticker charts on the Teaching Resources page.

You will want to bookmark this website as more content is being added regularly.

The Bubonic Plague & Nursery Rhymes

October 8th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Nursery Rhymes – Lyrics, Origins & History!

 

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

 

This website offers the fascinating and surprising history of nursery rhymes. Did someone actually put their baby on a tree top? Why sing about Jack and Jill getting hurt? Did horses really attempt to reassemble Humpty Dumpty? Did someone named Peter actually eat a pumpkin and then lock his wife inside the shell?

On this informative, ad-supported website, read about all your old favorites, and perhaps discover a few new ones. As a bonus, you’ll learn surprising things about the history of England and its neighboring countries too. For example, did you know that the Bubonic Plague and its symptoms were parodied in “Ring around the Rosy”? Or that “Boston” was named after someone called Saint Botolph?

Many of the featured rhymes have more than one history, which just makes them all the more fun. You get to pick which one you’d like to believe! (Some of them are so old, it’s difficult to be certain of their true origin.)

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories & Poems

August 27th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 27, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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PicLits.com

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5 to adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, unique and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.
The idea here is to:

1) Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)

2) Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.

3) Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained at the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Learn It” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page. A new page opens with three options:

*Write It – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.

*Rhyme It – Read some suggestions on how to use rhymes and similes to create poetry.

*Master It – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative language such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

Early Literacy Rhymes and Songs

July 30th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 30, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

King County Library System: Tell Me A Story

 

Age Range: 2-8 (Grades PreK-3 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Sponsored by The King County Library System of Washington state, this website provides hundreds of rhymes and songs to promote early literacy. You’ll find the printable lyrics/words, and in many cases you can watch librarians and educators perform the fingerplays or sing the songs on YouTube videos.
When you get to the site you’ll see three menus. The first is a list of ALL the titles of YouTube videos organized by year from 2009 – 2014. Another is an alphabetical list of ALL the titles that are included in this archive. (Click on the “next 200” link located on the bottom left side of the page to see them all.) You’ll also find a “Themes” menu that includes:

  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Body Parts
  • Counting
  • Bugs and Insects
  • Food
  • Seasons
  • Weather
  • Colors
  • Holidays
  • Shapes
  • And More!

Just click on a theme and a new page opens with an alphabetized menu of titles. For example, if you click on “Animals” you’ll find familiar rhymes such as, Farmer in the Dell, BINGO, Five Little Pumpkins, Hickory Dickory, Dock, I Wish I Were A Fishy In The Sea, Kookaburra Song, Old MacDonald, Pop Goes The Weasel, Willoughby, Wallaby, Woo, and hundreds more!

Click on any title and a new page opens with the lyrics of the rhyme, and in many instances you can watch a video presentation as well. You can watch the videos with your child, or use them to refresh your memory of the words, tune, or hand gestures and motions so that you can introduce them to your child offline.
Bookmark this site; it’s a great resource whenever you need a fun rhyme or song to enhance learning, or just to brighten the day.
Note: We did not review any other portion of the Kings County Library System website. Therefore, parents, as always, should preview the website and supervise Internet use.
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