Archive for the ‘music’ category

Hummingbird Math

July 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Monday, July 22, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hummingbird Math

(www.rubythroat.org/ActivitiesMathMain.html)

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

 

This website was designed to be a cross-disciplinary opportunity for students in grades K-12 to study the behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

These little birds tolerate people well and are drawn to gardens and feeders where they can easily be studied. The data collected is shared via the website with students worldwide. You can access a great deal of information at this site for free, but they also offer the opportunity to register for $20/year, a fee that enables students to participate fully in the research project. (Details are at the site.) However, you don’t have to register to learn interesting facts about a variety of hummingbirds or to access the activities and lesson ideas in math, art, geography, drama, music, and writing.


When you get to the site you will see the introduction to “Hummingbird Mathematics Activities.” Just scroll down to review the lesson and click on the links to the other curriculum pages as well.

All About Caves (and Bats)

July 16th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 16, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Exploring Caves

(tinyurl.com/y3fh9n3j)

Age Range: 4-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

This 50-page PDF from the U.S. Geological Survey has free educational materials all about caves that can easily be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

Learn about geology, cartography, and hydrology in a lighthearted story of a bat. This original 5-chapter fictional story introduces a wealth of information about caves through the adventure of two children and a talking bat. There are lesson plans, activity sheets, teacher instructions and coloring pages. The lessons include: 

  • What Is a Cave?
  • Cave Stories – Tales of Adventure
  • Find a Cave
  • Cave Diagram
  • Adapting to the Dark – Bats and People
  • Water Creates a Cave
  • Cave Art and History
  • and more!

There is also a list of books, articles, special publications, music, and more. You’ll also find links to other educational resources. However, most of the links have changed. As it says at the top of the resource page: “URL’s (Web site addresses) often change unpredictably. If any of the given URL’s fail to work, do searches with names of organizations combined with relevant key words.”

Free Homeschool Record Keeping

July 15th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, July 15, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Homeschool Skedtrak

(www.homeschoolskedtrack.com/HomeSchool/displayLogin.do)

Age Range: 4-18 (Designed for homeschool parents to track activities for grades Pre-K-12)

 

While we usually stick to recommending sites that enhance learning about math on Monday, we couldn’t resist sharing this free resource, developed by a homeschool family, that enables you to track your homeschool course of study and activities for free.

I know that keeping records is a big concern to many homeschool parents, especially once the kids hit the high school years and need to create transcripts for college. While this site is designed with homeschool parents in mind, older students can use it for record-keeping purposes. Even unschoolers can use this system to track learning opportunities and interests they have explored as well.

The description provided at the Homeschool Skedtrack website explains it all:

“Homeschool Skedtrack is a *FREE* online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.”

Features include: 

  • easy record keeping from Pre-K-12 for each student
  • worry free data back-up
  • flexible scheduling of your child’s activities/lessons per year, per month, per week or as you go
  • automated tracking of total number of hours/days completed
  • scheduling and tracking of field trips
  • a school calendar for each student
  • tests recording
  • automated grade calculation
  • report card generation in pdf format
  • transcript generation in pdf format (two columns or by subject)

There are even video tutorials at the site to explain how to use the Homeschool Skedtrack program. Begin by creating an account in the upper right corner of the home page.

Not only that, this site offers a database of educational websites (many that have been recommended by ClickSchooling over the years). Not only does the database include websites on various subject topics such as math, science, music, homeschool resources, etc., it allows the users/visitors to rate the sites which can be helpful in determining overall usefulness.

Bookmark this one to return often!

Songs, nursery rhymes, and poems from around the world

July 13th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, July 13, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mama Lisa’s World

(www.mamalisa.com/?t=eh)

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

 

This website features the largest collection of lyrics to children’s songs, nursery rhymes, and poems popular in countries all around the world.

The songs are in a variety of languages and many songs include downloads and/or videos for your listening enjoyment. Make sure your speakers are on!

When you get to the site you will see a menu including: 

  • Songs by Continent
  • Songs by Country
  • Songs by Language
  • Songs by Type of Song
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • and more

Click on any continent, and a new page opens with a list of countries located on that continent. Click on a country to find a menu of songs and poems. Click on a song. A new page opens with the lyrics to that song, and sometimes a link to an audio file or video.

Can you think of a country not represented? Do you know a traditional song or poem from that country (or any other) that isn’t on this site? You are welcome to send it in; as Mama Lisa says, you don’t have to be a professional to get your contribution included!

There is also a blog that mainly focuses on various world languages and cultures. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often!

Language Arts Through 20 Questions

June 26th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, June 26, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

20Q.net Inc.

(www.20q.net/)

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

 

Here’s a neat website. It’s the virtual, interactive version of the popular parlor and travel game, 20 Questions.

When you get to the site choose from over 20 languages to play the Classic 20 Questions game. Or choose from a selection of many themed games including: 

  • Star Wars
  • Disney
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Name Game
  • And more!

Choose any one and a new page opens that invites you to pretend you are a person, place, or thing related to that category. (It is not required to fill in your gender, age or location: just click “Play”.) Then, the 20Q Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) will determine who or what you are by asking a few simple questions. The questions are written on the screen, so you must read in order to play. Non-readers will need some help from Mom or Dad. The accuracy of the A.I. is amazing. Can you stump it? Try it and see!

You’ll also find a virtual version of Hangman (great for spelling and vocabulary development), and a Memory and Art game too. (Look under “Other Games” on the menu at the top of the screen.)

Music games and more!

June 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, June 22, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creating Music

(www.creatingmusic.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This site is a place where children can experience creative play in the making of music.

The website is a commercial enterprise. It was designed to promote CD-ROMS that teach children about music composition (you can purchase them, if desired). However, you don’t have to purchase a thing to play the free sample games.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of free musical activities to try that include: 

  • Playing With Music – Beethoven and Scales
  • Hearing Music – 3 different games
  • About Pitch – Listen to samples of different pitches

Make sure you have your speakers on as the instructions are given orally – and you want to hear the music you make!

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