Posts Tagged ‘audio’

Children’s Classics Audio Books

April 6th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, April 6, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Librivox

(librivox.org/search?primary_key=0&search_category=genre&search_page=1&search_form=get_results)

All grades, 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 Cousins, Little Women, etc.)
  • Baum, L. Frank (Oz books)
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson (Little Lord Fauntleroy, Little Princess, Secret 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.

Explore Nature, Science & Culture

April 5th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, April 5, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Pulse of the Planet

(pulseword.pulseplanet.com/)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers daily (Monday-Friday), free, engaging two-minute sound portraits that blend science, nature, and culture worldwide. These audio clips contain fascinating information that may springboard you to further science investigation and learning.

Just take a look at some of what’s available from the past several weeks:

  • March 30 – It Comes in Many Guises – Wherever you may be right now, odds are you’re not far from clay in one form or another.
  • March 31 – Swamp Song – A dawn chorus of amphibians – headphones on!
  • April 1 – A Trojan Horse Made of Clay – Fooling cancer cells!
  • April 4 – Elephants and Ivory – Remembering the late Richard Leakey, famed anthropologist and conservationist. In a 1989 interview with Jim, he unveiled his strategy to protect Kenya’s elephants.

Just listen to the featured sound clip (and print out the transcript or download the MP3 if desired). Then, use the menu to access all of the “Daily Programs” audio clips from 1991-2022.

Click on “Monthly Features” for the in-depth studies, and peruse the rest of the menu for other wonderful science surprises.

In-Depth Tools for U.S. & World History

February 10th, 2022

The History Place

(www.historyplace.com/)

Grades 4-12, with parental supervision

At this site, you’ll find fact-based information on American and World history presented in a variety of ways.

This free, advertising-supported website was developed by historian Phillip Gavin. There are timelines, in-depth text, photo galleries, primary source documents, and real audio clips to enhance learning.

When you get to the site you’ll see the “Main Exhibits” featured that include topics such as:

  • American Revolution
  • U.S. Civil War
  • 20th Century Topics
  • World War II
  • Vietnam War
  • Presidents of the United States

Click on any topic to access the content. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access featured selections such as:

  • Photo of the Week – See a photo and read the caption.

  • Speech of the Week – Read the text of an important speech, and hear an audio clip.

  • This Month In History – Peruse monthly calendars that list historical events that occurred on each day.

  • Points of View – Read commentary on various historical events from different perspectives.

  • Tourism Guide – This is pretty cool! Find out places of historical importance that you can visit in the U.S. and throughout the world!

  • Movie Reviews – Read reviews of movies that have historical or political themes. Find out which ones are based more on fiction than truth.

  • Personal Histories – Read real-life adventures and first-person accounts of historical moments.

  • Something Different – Fun! Explore this cache of historical songs, bloopers and blunders of politicians, fascinating trivia, slide shows and virtual tours.

  • And more!

This site has lots of great content – it’s just organized a little haphazardly. Bookmark it, as you’ll want to return several times to see it all.

All About the 50 U.S. States

February 3rd, 2022

The US50

(www.theus50.com/)

All grades, children with parental supervision

This ad-supported website is a one-stop location for information about all of the 50 states.

When arriving at the site, use the map to locate the state of choice. When the page opens you can then use the links to find concise information about that state including:

  • Historic Figures
  • Information – State symbols, seal, flag, quarter, license plate, flower, stamp, and more
  • Geography & Maps
  • Outdoors – State parks, hiking, and more
  • Tourism
  • Governors
  • Cities
  • Colleges
  • And much more

There are even online trivia quizzes for each state to test your knowledge and links to other state-related websites. Also on the home page, scroll below the map to find links to an image of the Declaration of Independence, downloadable audio of the national anthem, and fast facts study guides which include printable outline maps of the states and mailing addresses to the state governors and tourism offices.

This site is bookmark-worthy and a great place to get general information for all of your state studies.

Christmas Music & Audio Stories

December 18th, 2021

Feels Like Christmas – Free Christmas Music

(feelslikechristmas.com/free-christmas-music/)

All grades, with parental supervision

Listen and/or download free Christmas music from independent (indie) artists at this website.

Choose songs in the following categories:

  • Contemporary Instrumental
  • Contemporary Vocals
  • Traditional Instrumental
  • Traditional Vocal

There are hundreds of selections, many of which are originals written by the submitting artist. Select a song and when the page opens click the play button on the player to hear the song online. Found a song you absolutely love? Download the MP3 to add to your holiday collection by right-clicking on the download graphic to the lower right of the player. (Please note that the downloads are for personal listening use only. Be sure to read the “Use of This Music” page for specifics.)

In addition to the Christmas music, click the “Audio Stories” link to find a selection of Christmas stories including:

  • Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Seller
  • Luke 2:1-20
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
  • Santa’s Poem
  • Mrs. Claus Saves Christmas
  • My Granddad Helps Father Christmas
  • Mouse in the Honeysuckle

And don’t forget to check out the “Christmas Sounds” page to hear Sounds of Santa, sleigh bells, and more.

We hope this website will add to your holiday fun.

Study Mandarin Chinese

November 27th, 2021

Chinese-Tools.com

(www.chinese-tools.com/)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website offers online lessons to learn basic Mandarin Chinese.

Lessons include audios, reading, speaking, and writing practice, vocabulary, grammar, and writing exercises. Implementing the “10 Minutes a Day” method, lessons include:

  • Words in both pinyin (transliteration of Chinese into the Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters
  • Guides to pronunciation and grammar mechanics
  • Downloadable MP3 audios of vocabulary and conversations
  • Lesson related exercises
  • Practice drills for memorizing Chinese characters

Also included on this website are:

  • A Chinese dictionary
  • Chinese annotation tool
  • Chinese-pinyin editor
  • Chinese text convertor
  • Step-by-step instructions to create artwork using traditional and Chinese brush painting
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Chinese songs which include lyrics and downloadable MP3 audio

While visiting this website, check out the fun “Chinese Name” tool to see your name in Chinese characters. Although this site is meant to be used as a supplement with a regular language curriculum, there is plenty of educational opportunities here to spark interest in the Chinese language.

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