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New Skills That Your Child Will Benefit from Learning Online

  • Please welcome Guest Contributor, Jude McLean.

Though the internet tends to get much bad press when it comes to the younger generation, there is a substantial beneficial side that is often forgotten in the midst of such reporting.

In fact, there are a multitude of benefits that nearly all children of all ages can derive when it comes to online learning.

With thousands of adults regularly turning to the internet to update their own skills, gain a new qualification, or simply learn a new hobby, it’s worth looking at how children can do precisely the same here too.

Whether you have a child who already spends a great deal of time online or one who has yet to discover the World Wide Web, here are some fantastic suggestions of where they could excel the most when it comes to learning during their time online.

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Coding/Programming

So popular that it was in fact, brought into some schools and placed on the curriculum, educational establishments certainly believe coding and programming for children is a vital skill!

Many youngsters are encouraged to start their programming and coding journey with Scratch. Not only is this the more exciting of places to start, but it allows children to devise their own games, stories, and animation videos.

All the while they’re having fun and creating a massive amount of digital content, they’re also learning the very basics of how to begin programming alongside what such concepts, terms, and definitions mean.

Once children have begun with Scratch, they can then quickly move onto other programming choices such as Raspberry Pi, JavaScript, and Python.

The skills children learn from coding and programming are thoroughly helpful when it comes to school. Here they will be able to solve problems, work out solutions on their own, while developing greater confidence as they do so.

As well as helping them understand technology better, coding can also work well when furthering math, writing, and all-around creativity.

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Music Lessons

Some people feel that that the number of children learning to play a musical instrument has dropped in recent years. Technology often takes the blame for this belief!

However, never has it been easier to learn how to read music, play an instrument, and create your own songs – and it’s all thanks to the internet.

Many apps exist all over the internet, which allow children to begin playing an instrument step by step, moving in time to the guide.

Also, the hundreds of videos on the internet whereby skilled musicians offer their musical advice and knowledge mean there are multiple hours of free information all aimed at children to help them pick up an instrument and learn how to play it – and all in their own time.

The internet also boasts thousands of sheet music which means there’s no need to spend money finding the music to help your child with their online musical training, and they can access their favorite tunes within seconds!

As well as offering children skills such as enhanced coordination, alongside improved reading skills and learning skills, learning music this way offers your child more creativity. Here they can practice on a range of instruments; such is the exposure to almost every device available when learning online.

A Second Language

Unfortunately, the number of children taking up a second language has dropped drastically over the last few years. This is problematic because it means such children don’t get to experience the sheer benefits that learning a new language can bring.

However, there are plentiful areas online where children as young as just a couple of months can access foreign language learning programs.

With a heavy emphasis on the visual element, including many videos, children can also take part in online games and activities while gaining access to native speakers throughout to help them on their journey. Best of all, there’s no pressure to achieve the next level, and they can go back and instantly pick up on those areas they need more help with.

By taking on a new language online, children will develop enhanced problem-solving skills, and become more confident in many more subjects when at school, including literacy and math.

Best of all, if they can attempt a new language at an early age, they’re more than likely to continue and do well with it as they move up into higher education.

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Cooking/Healthy Eating

Though it may not instantly seem the most obvious of tasks and lessons for children to do online, cooking and eating healthy online sessions capitalize on those hugely popular cooking shows that are proving so popular with the younger generation!

One of the areas of the home whereby safety and care are paramount, when learning about this from the many online videos, and apps, such courses can often emphasize the importance of the kitchen environment, sometimes more so than when adults just reel it all off a list!

Online videos here that show other children in a kitchen environment whereby they’re learning to cook safely while having fun at the same time, encourage a child to follow their lead and work step by step to achieve their success.

From the basics that many of us even as adults haven’t been taught, all the way through to the more elegant methods of cooking, just watching their peers is sometimes all the encouragement children need to get started here.

Discovering how to cook online builds multiple life skills in children, particularly if they’re from a home whereby parents can’t cook – or simply don’t have the time to show them.

Alongside confidence in the kitchen comes creativity, which leads to children being more likely to try the food they’ve made themselves -therefore more inclined to try those healthier options as a result.

Final Thoughts on Children Learning Online

Undoubtedly, all children need to learn how to deal with life online. With technology and applications improving and upgrading every year, the younger generation has little choice but to accept this way of life.

However, the internet can be a most beneficial tool when it comes to learning, as is evident from the various skills they can work on as they attempt coding, programming, music, languages or cooking online!

It’s also worth remembering here that as well as learning new skills and gaining more knowledge and positioning themselves in a more enviable place for later life, leaning online can actually be the most fun way for many children.

Ask a child whether they’d prefer to sit in a school classroom or learn online from the comfort of the internet; it’s more than guaranteed online learning will win hands down every time!

Therefore, as parents if we can capitalize on this enthusiasm, we can ensure the internet becomes a valuable educational tool for many years to come.

Jude is a father of two, new to homeschooling and
navigating fatherhood one step at a time.

Three Precious Children’s Music Collections for Your Family

As a mother and music lover, I am happy to share three precious children’s music collections and all the background news that comes from Sugar Mountain PR. These are now all part of our collection whether we want to relax before bed or have a dance party.

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From Sugar Mountain PR:

Berkeley, CA, March 27, 2018 Sara Lovell, an award-winning songwriter and producer known for “imaginative lyrics, sparkling harmonies, intriguing musical layers” and “a voice rich in both purity and nuanced detail,” will release her second all-ages music album Wild Is Everywhere, on April 20(Unbreakable Chord Music/ distributed by Burnside Distribution).

Sara and special guests will celebrate the album release with a concert at East Bay Community Space in Oakland on April 28.

With a wide range of topics and musical styles, these 14 original songs journey through a landscape populated with flying children, misplaced animals of a certain size, and insects or flowers that turn up in the most unexpected places.

From the Sgt. Pepper’s inspired first track, “Get Up,” where listeners are invited to “grab onto the tail of someone’s kite,” the excitement and mystery builds and expands song by song. Wordplay and a vivid fantasy life are apparent with the funky “Rhinoceros under the Bed” and “Raspberry Pickleberry Wormnut Pie.” Blues, disco and funk inflect “Bounce,” “Stand Together” and “Where You Hiding All Day Long?” Every child will recognize the unfairness when “All the Grownups Get To Stay Up Late” and the impatience of “I Want It Now,” showing that Lovell understands the big feelings that live in all of us.

At a time when it can be a challenge to find good news, Lovell reminds us in the songs of Wild Is Everywhere, that joy and imagination are no small offerings. “When we allow curiosity to take hold, it widens our perceptions letting us envision the world we want to see.” As she says in the playfully creepy song, “The Dark Side of My Room,” it’s important to acknowledge: “Oh, I know, I can be a hero in my dreams / Oh, I know, I will see the light in every scene.”


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From Sugar Mountain PR:

La Luna by 123 Andrés ~ Latin GRAMMY winner Andrés and his wife Christina spend most of their time in the United States, but Andrés’ ties to South America carry them across the continent. La luna was produced in Argentina and Mexico, and the list of top-tier guests hail from several countries. The special surprise that closes the album is an appearance by Little Miss Ann (a noted Chicago based kindie artist) with a tender song in English and Spanish called “Fly, Shine, Soar. Due out on April 13th.


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From Sugar Mountain PR:

GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin released her Amazon Originals album, The Starlighter, an album of songs adapted from the children’s music book “Lullabies and Night Songs.” The Starlighter is available exclusively for purchase and stream on Amazon Music.

Two other music videos – of the title track, The Starlighter,” and “Minnie and Winnie” – have been released so far. These videos are based on Victorian paper theatres and the illustration style of children’s books from the same era, and were created by the Manchester, UK/Los Angeles-based motion design studio We Fail. Each scene contains over one hundred layered illustrations, and every element in the video was drawn using a digital tablet before being animated by hand.

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD’s in exchange for sharing the news about this music!

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In and Out of the Clouds with Margot Bevington

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In and Out of the Clouds is an independent artist’s label created by Margot Bevington. Bevington is a teacher, poet, artist, and performer based in Maryland. Her music for children is award winning, and she performs in the DMV area as Ms. Margot. She has two albums for children, as well as an innovative coloring book that parents and children can color together. She is a member of ASCAP, NARAS, and the Children’s Music Network. In addition to children’s music, she has two books of poetry, and has a series of arrangements for beginner piano which she calls Piano Popsicles. She is an advocate for new mothers, early childhood, music, and environmental education. (from Margot’s website)

 

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Thank you, Ms. Margot, for sending us your new CD, I AM FOUR FIVE SIX. Emma just turned six, so we got it just in time! We love listening to music in the car, at bedtime, and especially when we put on shows in the living room. Music is a huge part of our lives! We appreciate you.

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Check out tons of other fabulous musicians we have reviewed on Blog Mom Reviews. 

And visit my main site, Shanti Mom For One, for all things Yoga, Wellness, and Motherhood.

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Mickey Mouse and Rapunzel Explore Music with Hal Leonard

Thank you to Waldmania PR for my complimentary Musical Exploration books from Hal Leonard.

Emma was so excited to sing along with Rapunzel’s book when we received it, but she had a cold, so she had to hold back and let me do the singing. My highs and lows and slides made her giggle.

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There is no doubt that Emma LOVES to sing! She will sing wherever and whenever she can. She sings at the dinner table, while dancing, coloring, and even in the bathroom. She also loves to tell stories through song, almost in an operatic fashion.

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Mickey and his friends love to make instruments just like Emma. She has made shakers and drums and keeps them around for spontaneous music time. She also loves the opportunity to design the outside like Mickey shows you how to do.

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Learn lots more from Waldmania PR:

Tangled: It’s Better When You Sing It – A Musical Exploration Storybook

Graced with the charming familiarity of Tangled-inspired illustrations, this innovative musical exploration storybook integrates thoughtful activities right in the engaging narrative. Rapunzel shows youngsters that everything is better when they sing! Learning about music becomes an exciting adventure with this playful story that encourages children to experience the joy of singing while they discover the qualities of their own unique voice. Along the way, they’ll explore concepts like tempo, pitch awareness, proper breathing, careful listening, using music to express feelings, and much more.

Mickey’s Found Sounds -A Musical Exploration Storybook
The Main Street Parade has been rained out, but Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy, along with Donald and Daisy Duck and all their friends, form their own parade playing musical instruments they have made from everyday items found around the house. Children will follow simple instructions and share with Mickey and his pals the fun of playing music with instruments they create themselves. This exploration storybook combines music making with imaginative play, following directions to create crafts, and experiencing the sounds of different instruments.

Authored by a Hal Leonard team of artists, designers, writers, music educators, songwriters, and sedative-meds.com, and based on an early childhood music curriculum commissioned by Disney Learning, each of these hardcover picture books includes not only a charming, colorfully illustrated story that’s perfect for ages 4 – 8, but also an array of musical exploration activities. To add to the fun, additional online activities, including video read-alongs, audio sing-alongs, and more, are provided for each title on the Hal Leonard Explore Music website.

Singing and making music are wonderful ways to bond and nurture physical, emotional, and social development. Helpful suggestions for parents and caregivers about incorporating music into the life of a young child are included in each book.

Tangled: It’s Better When You Sing It – A Musical Exploration Storybook
Publication date: May 2017
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
SRP: $14.99
Length: 32 pages
Format: Hardcover, plus online activities
Suggested age range: 4 – 8

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Mickey’s Found Sounds -A Musical Exploration Storybook
Publication date: May 2017
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
SRP: $14.99
Length: 32 pages
Format: Hardcover, plus online activities
Suggested age range: 4 – 8

Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends

Camp songs and the memories that come with them are the things that make this world go ’round. Ella Jenkins’ CD, released today, comes at the perfect time when kids are off at camp and counselors are working hard to keep those kids happy.

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This CD, which includes a book of lyrics, will do the trick. It’s got wonderful standards like Kumbaya, This Land is Your Land, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and This Little Light of Mine. The rest of the songs and sweet little reflections of camp memories from Ella make this collection a must have. And we know she’s got some good stories. After all, she turns 93 in August!

We were happy to donate this CD to St. Francis in the Field‘s “Happy Campers” camp for  ages 3-6 this week. I hope the music helped them imagine and explore the beautiful your cancer medication!

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Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

Starting today, June 23, the entire album will be available for sale via the Folkways site, Amazon, and iTunes.
Here is more from Sugar Mountain PR:
“Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Releases
‘Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends’ on June 23

Washington, DC – Ella Jenkins, The First Lady of Children’s Music, celebrates 60 years as a Smithsonian Folkways artist with the release of Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends,” out June 23. Jenkins has wanted to record camp songs for more than 15 years and assembled a group of children, parents, and teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, along with Tony and Kate Seeger from Camp Killooleet, to sing these rounds, nonsense songs and campfire sing-alongs. The 25-track collection includes familiar camp songs “Michael Row the Boat Ashore,” “Kumbaya” and “This Land Is Your Land.”  

Many of the tunes on “Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends” have been sung by generations of campers, including many of the 14 million children and adults who attend camp every year in the United States. The album has its roots in the songs Jenkins’ brother brought home with him from Boy Scout camp when she was a child, and begins with a chorus of children singing the familiar round “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” But these selections come from a variety of traditions, among them African-American spirituals, European folk songs, and Jewish summer camps where Jenkins has performed. “Everybody Loves Saturday Night” has lines in a dozen languages, including Mandarin, Hindi, Serbian and Nigerian. The album’s final five numbers, which include “Sloop John B.” and “Goodnight Irene,” are sequenced to resemble a campfire sing-along.

“Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends” was produced by Tony Seeger, nephew of folk-music icon Pete Seeger. Tony Seeger also wrote the included liner notes and lyric annotations for all the songs in the 36-page booklet that accompanies the album. Throughout the album, Jenkins sings and plays harmonica, often offering reminiscences and spoken-word introductions to the songs.

Though Jenkins takes the lead on “Sipping Cider Through a Straw,” she is almost everywhere on this recording — singing, harmonica playing, teaching, reflecting about camp, engaging with children and their parents, and of course in the selection of the songs. Jenkins is joined in her performances by 13 children and a group of adults that includes Erin Flynn; Bucky Halker; Judy, Kate, and Tony Seeger; Barbara Silverman; and Chris Walz. At its core, this is a collection of music by and with children.

Jenkins, who turns 93 in August, has devoted her life to instilling a love of music in children. She released her first album for Folkways in 1957, and her 1966 album “You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song” remains one of the best-selling titles in the history of Smithsonian Folkways. She received a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award from The Recording Academy in 2004.  The Old Town School of Folk Music is organizing a tribute concert at the Square Roots Festival in Chicago on July 8. For more information about Ella Jenkins, visit www.ellajenkins.com.”