Grade two have been doing a lot of work on food and farming. Last week we explored a few sites that helped them understand where food comes from, how certain foods are made and how to eat a balanced meal. Armed with that knowledge, I had them draw a health breakfast and label the foods in their meals. Here are the final products:
K5 have been learning about celebrations so in ICT class I had them draw their favourite celebration. An overwhelming majority loved Easter but I’d have to say my favourite celebration is Christmas.
The student are learning to refine their fine motor skills and develop hand eye co-ordination through the use of the trackpad and typing their own name. The students made the drawings on Tux Paint which is a free download for Mac or PC so you can install it on your own computer and let your children draw to their hearts content. Letting your child use technology at home will give them confidence in class and allow them to develop their hand eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. Here is their work from this week, if you enjoyed it leave a comment of encouragement!
Kindergarten have been having a great time on their new Macbooks this year. K4 have especially been having a blast, with myself have the honor of allow some students to use a computer for the first time in their life which was quite a trill for me and the students.
My main objective for the first few months of a student using a computer is to develop the fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination between their finger on the trackpad and their cursor on their screen. So to develop this, we do a lot of basic websites that require the students to move their mouse, click, double click, drag, etc. As we well doing a lot of drawing on the computer to link their learning back to the topic they are covering in class.
There are many options for drawing software, with some great examples popping up online (I have a large list here www.delicious.com/misternorris/drawing), as well as paid software, but I have found what works best for our needs is Tux Paint (www.tuxpaint.org) which is an open source drawing software, especially designed for children. It’s also cross platform, so it can be used on Mac and PC and can be downloaded for free at their site.
So if you would like to develop their children hand/eye coordination, entertain them and introduce them to computer use at home, download Tux Paint for free, they should slowly get to know their way around and will have a great time doing so with the supervision of their parents.
One section of my school is being demolished to make way for a brand new Kinder and Elementary section of the school. As a farewell ceremony this week, all the students grabbed a handful of markers and scrawled all over the walls, floor, windows and roof of the current Kindergarten and Grade 1 and 2 classrooms and corridors. I dragged myself from my laptop and joined in on the excitement! End of year is always such great fun!
There were some other great photos, but I have withheld them to protect the privacy of my students and the photos used don’t display any faces.
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International, ICT educator and Apple Distinguished Educator.