February 3, 2016 Update
Using computers in kindergarten means lots of new skills to learn, which means it’s been a busy year so far for kindergarteners here at LES. Some of the essential computer skills that we have been working on so far in the computer lab include learning:
- The names for the parts of a computer
- How to exit from a window
- How to move a mouse accurately
- How to hold the mouse still when clicking
- How to click, double click and drag
- How to press a key lightly so only one letter/digit is entered
Coming up during February for kindergarteners.....learning how to log on independently!!!
Here are some of the sites that your kindergarteners have visited in order to help them develop their computer skills:
This is an awesome website created by the University of Colorado. It has over 125 free interactive simulations for educational use in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and mathematics.
In the computer lab, this site is great for helping kids develop solid mouse skills such as dragging and dropping and making selections.
Dance Mat Typing is a free online game that teaches kids to type by touch using the home row method.
This website is similar to abcya.com and offers an additional forum for games that promote the development of keyboard and mouse skills.
World Book Kids was developed especially for young students. Kindergarteners have been learning how to navigate around this website. Unfortunately, the website can only be accessed by our students from computers here at school.