Posts Tagged ‘performing arts’

Interactive Orchestra, Composers, & More (CSAW)

August 28th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, August 28, 2010 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 5-18 (elementary through high school approximately)

Chris in Virginia recommended this treasure that offers a vast selection of free interactive games and activities to encourage music appreciation and skill in young people of all ages.

Not only can kids and students explore the history of orchestral and classical music, but they can play interactive games that teach and inspire as they entertain. Watch videos and listen to clips of orchestral music, get to know composers, print out lessons and activities in pdf files and much more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message, some featured activities, and a menu that includes:

*Music Resources – Access music recordings, video clips, and a handy music dictionary. There is advice for students, teachers, and parents too.

*Instrument Lab – Virtually “handle” orchestral instruments through this interactive program and listen to what it sounds like. Discover all four instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.

*Great Composers – Take a virtual field trip to another country and time as you learn about the lives of great classical and contemporary composers including Beethoven, Gershwin, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Adams, Marquez, and more.

*Activities & Games – Create your own musical score, test your knowledge of composers, and name the instruments of the orchestra.  Download sheet music (for recorder or piano) and play along to pieces by Vivaldi, Schubert and Mozart!

There is so much content here that you’ll need to visit several times to explore it all.

Not only that, but if you use the menu at the very top of the page, you can explore other performing arts in a similar interactive style including:

  • English Theater
  • French Theater
  • Dance
  • Costume Design
  • Graphic Arts 

Like I said, bookmark this site which has earned a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence – you’ll want to return again and again! 

Activity TV – Visual & Performing Arts for Kids

August 14th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, August 14, 2010 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Activity TV

Age Range: 4-14 (with parental participation and supervision)

ClickScholar Cie recommended this website that offers free video instruction in visual and performing arts designed just for kids and their parents. As mentioned at the website, “Creating or learning something together can be a positive rewarding experience for both of you.”

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured activities. Use the icon menu at the top of the screen, or the item menu at the bottom of the home page to select from a variety of creative activities that include:

*Cartooning – Find out how to turn numbers, letters, and simple shapes into wacky cartoons.

*Jewelry – Discover how to make jewelry out of cereal, beads, safety pins and more.

*Music – Learn how to make musical instruments with ordinary household items.

*Magic – Get instruction on how to amaze your friends with easy sleight-of-hand magic tricks.

*Dance – Enjoy video lessons in everything from Hip Hop to Hula.

*Family Gifts – Make fun gifts for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions out of things you’ll find around the house.

*Cooking – Whip up a batch of soft pretzels, scones, or latkes.

You’ll also find video lessons on Crafts, Cheerleading, Juggling, Origami, Paper Airplanes, Puppets, Room Projects, Science Experiments, and Seasonal Activities.

There are activities for beginners to experts. Each project includes an engaging video tutorial and printable instructions.

(Note: The site intends to eventually sell kits that contain all of key materials needed to complete the activity.)

This is a terrific resource (and rainy-day “go to” site).  Bookmark it, to return often.

Listen to Jonas Bros On and MORE!

February 12th, 2009


Please excuse this interruption in our regular ClickSchooling Messages. There are 2 messages in this email so be sure to read all the way through to take advantage of these opportunities…

My friend, Rebecca Kochenderfer, is the Senior Editor of As some of you know, she occasionally holds FREE live teleseminars on topics of interest to homeschool families. On February 19th, she will be interviewing the new darlings of pop culture and homeschoolers extraordinaire – The Jonas Brothers! You are invited to listen in on the call. She asked me to forward this message to all of you…

“I thought you might like to know that next week will be doing an exclusive interview with THE JONAS BROTHERS!

I asked the Jonas Brother’s family how we, as fellow homeschoolers, could best support them. They said that the most helpful thing we could do would be to go see their movie the first weekend it comes out &emdash; the weekend of February 27th. I didn’t know this, but theaters order movies based on opening weekend ticket sales. So if a lot of us go to see The Jonas Brother’s Movie that first weekend, then more theaters will pick up their movie. Spread the word! Make a party of it!

The Jonas Brothers and their whole family are dedicated homeschoolers and have offered to do a special exclusive interview just for homeschoolers on February 19th at 11:00 Pacific (12:00 mountain, 1:00 central, 2:00 eastern.)

As you can imagine, the Brothers are extremely busy right now having just performed at the Grammy’s and getting ready to launch their new movie, so they will be available only for about the first 10 minutes of the interview. Then we will have 20 minutes to speak with Mrs. Jonas, their mother, to find out more details about how and why they homeschooled and some personal details about the Brother’s life. So moms and dads, you’ll want to listen in on this interview too.

To listen to the show from your computer, go here:

2) To listen to recordings of past shows, go here:

Remember, this interview is just for homeschooling families. So tape this up on the wall somewhere so that you don’t forget &emdash; February 19th.”


Rebecca recently published the book, “Homeschooling And Loving It!” It is one of my all-time favorites, and I think every homeschool family should add it to their resource library. I highly recommend it not only for beginning homeschoolers, but for veterans too. The info on goal setting can really motivate you and your children to accomplish your hearts’ desire. Here are the details…


    This is Rebecca Kochenderfer from

    To order the book go to:

    The is the method of homeschooling I used with my own children and it has worked very well for us – my daughter received a large scholarship to a high school for the performing arts and my son just received honors-at-entrance to the university of his choice.

    The Homeschool Buyer’s Co-Op just forwarded this unsolicited testimonial:

    The New Offering – HOMESCHOOLING AND LOVING IT – we bought this about a year ago and did the seminar thru BlogTalk Radio. It was GREAT – the most important thing I learned was to ask the kids WHAT DID THEY WANT TO LEARN – what were THEIR goals. GREAT book!” – Darlene


      Enjoy these opportunities!


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        Free, Online Science Games & Activities & More!

        September 9th, 2008

        Recommended Website:

        Age Range: 5-17+ (Kindergarten to High School/College)

        Eduweb develops online, multi-media learning games and activities for museums, zoos, universities, and other educational organizations. They archive the links to these, playful, thought-provoking, award-winning interactives for science, and a wide variety of other subjects, at their website. Most of the content is absolutely free.

        When you get to the website you’ll see a sign-up form to receive email notifications whenever a new game is available.

        Below that is the featured new game, and to the left of your screen is an icon menu of the “Latest and Greatest” activities they have produced.

        Use the menu bar right above the sign-in form to access the learning games by subject or grade level (K-12). Subjects include: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Natural History, History, People & Cultures, Reading Strategies, Economics, and the following Science categories:

        • Earth & Space Science — Learn about black holes, living in outer space, extraterrestrial intelligence, how to engineer a spacecraft, how to build a bridge in earthquake country, and more
        • Engineering & Technology — Command a submarine, design a satellite, take a virtual tour of a research vessel, learn about microscopy and nano-visualization, and explore solar energy
        • Health & Medicine — Find out about acids and bacteria that cause tooth decay, experiment to find the healthiest foods and cleaning habits to maintain a healthy smile

        Many of these compelling and effective learning interactives include role play simulation. For example, become a member of a wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park. Explore the wilderness, hunt elk, find a mate, raise pups, and ensure the survival of your pack. As explained at the site, “The WolfQuest experience goes beyond the game with an active online community where you can discuss the game with other players, chat with wolf biologists, and share artwork and stories about wolves.”

        This is really a remarkable learning resource. Bookmark it to return often.


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        The Best ClickSchooling Resource Ever? (CSAW)

        September 25th, 2007

        Recommended Website:

        Age Range: 6-17 (Grade Range: 1-12)

        ClickSchooling list member Mary Burns suggested this website that is one of the VERY BEST educational websites I’ve seen to date. It provides links to lessons and activities for every grade level 1-12, developed around a particular theme. Each theme integrates a variety of standardized subjects including science, math, history, geography, social studies, language arts, and much more. These themes are explored by clicking on pre-reviewed links to educational websites containing a multi-media extravaganza of learning tools.

        This site, and all of the links, are meticulously maintained by University of Missouri-Columbia College of Education staff and graduate students from the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies.(Unbelievable as it seems, I clicked on numerous links here, and didn’t find one that wasn’t functional.)

        The e-MINTS website is designed with classroom teachers and students in mind, but can easily be adapted to any learning environment.

        When you get to the site you will see the title “e-Themes Resources Listed By Grade Level.” Below it are the grade levels 1-12. Click on the grade level that applies to your child, and you’ll see a menu of topics that include every subject.

        Click on one of over 1,000 topics of interest, such as Animals, Anatomy, Ancient Civilizations, Authors, Holidays, Literature, Maps, Math, Performing Arts, Physics, Pioneer Life, Science, Solar System, Spanish American War, Sports, States, U.S. Government, Vikings, Virtual Field Trips, Weather, Westward Expansion, Writing and more. A new page
        opens providing a description or overview of what you can learn from
        following the suggested links provided on the page.

        I wasn’t surprised to find that many websites that we’ve recommended in the past on ClickSchooling are utilized in the e-themed lessons and explorations here. :)

        As the e-MINTS website explains, “this is an extensive database of content-rich, age-appropriate resources organized around specific themes.” I think it could stand alone as a computer and Internet based curriculum resource, in addition to being used as a supplementation tool for any subject or method of learning.

        The resources here are also listed alphabetically for ease of use. There are teacher tips for getting the full benefit from using this resource too.

        This website gets the ClickSchooling Award for Excellence!

        Math Through Fiction!

        July 10th, 2006

        Recommended Website:
        Mathematical Fiction

        ClickSchooling list member Theresa recommended this website that contains a collection of over 500 fiction books, plays, films and other media that have significant references to mathematics. The site was developed by Alex Kasman, a professor of mathematics at the College of Charleston, who thought that people who like math would be interested in knowing about them because they “affect and reflect the non-mathematician’s view of this subject.”

        The website has a convenient search engine that allows you to sort by author, title, or publication date. Best of all, Kasman has sorted the titles in a really helpful way as follows:

        • Select a Medium — In this section you’ll find books (with math references) that you can read for FREE online, and you’ll discover comic books, films, novels, plays, short stories, and television series that have significant references to math. Don’t miss the review of an episode of the “Simpsons” titled, “Girls Just Want to Have Sums” — it contains all kinds of references to women in mathematics.
        • Select a Genre — Choose from children’s literature, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, humor, mystery, science fiction and more. All contain significant references to math.
        • Select a Motif — This has some really interesting categories such as; anti-social mathematicians, cool or heroic mathematicians, evil mathematicians, math as exciting and useful, math as dry and useless, music and math, prodigies, proving theorems, time travel and more.
        • Select a Topic — You’ll find math references in literature and films to arithmetic, algebra, calculus, chaos, cryptography, geometry, trigonometry, infinity, physics, finance and more.

        Each piece of literature or film referenced contains a review that explains what math topic is referenced in the work. The reviews themselves are really interesting reading — plus, you can read comments by visitors to this site and learn what they think about that particular book, play, or film.

        Finally, Kasman explains that there are all kinds of math references in children’s literature. Rather than list them all, he only selects titles that are “unusually good or unusually interesting” to be included at this site.