The youngest class I teacher is a K4 class which means I have students that are 3 turning 4 and I have to teacher them ICT lessons. I’m not going to lie, it’s very challenging but it’s also very rewarding. The students are adorable and they love the lessons, it’s so an incredible feeling to see how excited they know they have a lesson.
The first lesson I have with them is always my most exciting because a lot of the students are using a computer for the first time. It’s such an honor for me to be the one that introduces them to their first experience with a computer.
I have one 30 minute lesson every week with them and in the first few lessons we review the rules and procedures of the computers a lot. We also learn the names of the parts of the computer and we learn which fingers we much use on the trackpad. Here they are demonstrating their ‘pointer fingers’.
The first few lessons we do a lot of games that help develop trackpad skills like moving the cursor, clicking, click and dragging, etc. In today’s lesson I integrated technology into the units they are doing in class which is what I like to try and do. The topic K4 are currently covering is ‘Family and Friends’. So I asked them to draw me a picture of their family. It was rather challenging having to click and hold while they made drawings and a lot of students ran out of room, but I’m confident by the end of the year they will be able to master these skills. The students used software called Tux Paint which is free on Mac and PC, you can download it here and install it on your computer for free. 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 today, some didn’t have time to finish but I’m sure they will have something to share by the end of the year.
After students had completed the drawing, they had some time to explore on some iPod Touches. One of my students was showing me how to use it, she told me she has one at home. It’s amazing to see them pick up technology and be so comfortable with it!