Posts Tagged ‘audio’

Free Human-Read Audio Books

May 27th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Librivox

(tinyurl.com/jvgbw8v)

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

 

Now that the weather outside is getting nicer here in the Northern Hemisphere, send the kids outside with some audio books! They can perch in a tree, skip rope, start a garden, have a little picnic, or even play hopscotch while listening to these wonderful classics.

Or keep a supply of titles handy for those days when you’re unable to read to them. With hundreds of completed works listed under the “Children’s Fiction” or “Children’s Non-Fiction”categories, there is more than an entire year’s worth of bedtime stories and read-alouds here, including the works of such well-known authors as: 

  • Aesop (Fables)
  • Alcott, Louisa May (Eight CousinsLittle Women, etc.)
  • Baum, L. Frank (Oz books)
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson (Little Lord FauntleroyLittle PrincessSecret Garden, etc.)
  • Carroll, Lewis (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, etc.)
  • Collodi, Carlo (Adventures of Pinocchio, available in English and Italian!)
  • And many, many more.

Click any title to see a brief synopsis before downloading/listening. But that’s not all! Parents may like to browse the other categories as well: 

  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Biography
  • History
  • Spy Stories
  • Teen/Young Adult
  • and many others

This site can be searched for a specific book by title and author as well.

Note: There is an overlap between these books and the ones you would find in Project Gutenberg or Archive.org. This is because Librivox allows both of these sites to house their entire collection of completed works. However, Librivox maintains the best-catalogued and most easily searchable list of these titles. Also, only Librivox itself includes a brief synopsis for each completed title, lists the works currently in progress, allows you to request email notification upon completion of desired books in progress, allows you to request specific titles, and allows you to participate in the recording and editing process and their lively forum as well.

Additional Note: This review focuses on the “Children’s” books. The rest of this site is not specifically geared for children, so parental preview and guidance is, as always, advised. Books are continually being added to this collection, so bookmark it and return often.

NOTE: As always, parents should help select material appropriate for each child.

Keeping Score for Classical Music

May 9th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, May 9, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Keeping Score

(www.keepingscore.org/)

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

 

Created by Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony and based on the PBS television series, this website provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about the life and music of the composers featured in the series.

Through the use of audio, video, interactive materials as well as downloadable lesson plans specially created by teachers who have experienced the Keeping Score Education program, students take an in-depth look into the composers’ political, social, and cultural backgrounds.

When arriving at the website, in the “Explore The Music” box, choose one of the following tabs to see what lessons are available: 

  • Composers
  • Musical Technique
  • History
  • Musical Scores
  • Staff Picks

The composers covered are: 

  • Gustav Mahler
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Charles Ives
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Aaron Copland
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Education” to find more resources and lessons plans created by teachers in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma. 


Select “Interactive” to dig even deeper through images, videos, and text. Follow along with musical scores, experiment with various musical techniques, try your hand at conducting a symphony, discover the instruments and musicians of an orchestra, and much more.

Not only does the website provide a wonderful educational resource in the study of symphonic music, but it is a feast of sight and sound sure to encourage your student’s interest.

Study Great Works of Art

April 4th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, April 4, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art Institute of Chicago

(www.artic.edu/visit-us-virtually)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Develop an understanding of content, style, and historical context of art with this website from the Art Institute of Chicago.


When you get to the site, select from the following to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Collection
  • El Greco Online
  • Interactive Features
  • Videos
  • Highlights
  • Audio Tours
  • And more!

Be sure to check out Educator Resources. Student Activities are also included there. Bookmark this website because it is a fabulous resource for all of your art appreciation studies.

Free Women’s History Month Lessons

March 26th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, March 26, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Women’s History Month

(womenshistorymonth.gov/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Here is another resource for Women’s History Month that recognizes and celebrates the importance of women and their role in history. This website, sponsored by the Library of Congress, offers extensive free resources including articles, exhibitions, audio/visual presentations, lessons, activities and more to learn about women’s history.

When you get to the website you’ll see an introduction and featured highlights and events. Use the menu at the top to access: 

  • Exhibits & Collections – An archive of links to resources that include virtual field trips to historic places such as the homes of Clara Barton and Eleanor Roosevelt, and links to information on Women’s Rights, and women in Performing Arts, Government and Politics, Culture and Folklife, and much more.
  • Audio/Video – Enjoy audio and video presentations about women in Arts and Culture, Business and Economics, Civil Rights, Music and Performing Arts, Poetry and Literature, and more.
  • For Teachers – Access ready-to-use lesson plans, collection guides and research aids.

There is a massive amount of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

Learn French – The Language of Love

March 21st, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, March 21, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ielanguages.com-French

(https://ielanguages.com/french.html)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

French is often referred to as the “Language of Love” and at this ad-supported comprehensive website you will love learning French. Visitors will find over 150 lessons covering topics from the very basic phrase to informal French and slang.

When arriving at the link above, scroll down to the colorful navigation boxes in the center of the page to access lessons including: 

  • Original French Tutorials
  • Informal French & Slang
  • French Listening Resources
  • Flashcards & Exercises
  • French Realia
  • French Phonetics
  • French & Spanish
  • French & Italian
  • French & German
  • For French Teachers
  • Romance Languages Vocabulary
  • Romance Languages Verbs

Most lessons provide instructional material, vocabulary or phrases of study, and audio MP3s of a native French speaker. Some lessons include simple-to-use audio flash card practice and interspersed throughout the lessons there are online multiple choice, matching or fill in the blank quizzes. After certain groups of lessons, there is a “Real French” icon available that provides additional comprehension practice with a listen and read format and the accompanying fill in the blank practice. All lessons are in bite size pieces so students will not be overwhelmed with material.    

If French is not your foreign language of choice, select the Languages Tutorials drop down in the upper tool bar and click on the “More Languages” option to find that this website also offers lessons for other Romance Languages, Germanic Languages, Slavic Languages, and Non-Ino-European Languages. 

We love this website for its straightforward and simple approach to language skills and we are sure you will too.

Typing Program for Kids 8-11

March 16th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, March 16, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dance Mat Typing

(www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

The BBC offers this free touch-typing program for children ages 8-11 using a multi-media format that includes animations, sound, and lots of interactive exercises. 

When you get to the site you’ll see there are four introductory levels. Each level is divided into three stages. 

Simply begin with Level 1 and work at your own pace to develop your skills through Level 4. 

This comes from the Computing/Information Technology portion of the BBC Bitesize website. After Dance Mat Typing, try: 

  • What is a database?
  • How to create digital video and audio
  • What makes a good webpage
  • How do you make a good app
  • Creating and understanding charts
  • What are input and output devices
  • How do digital images work
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