- Upon entering the computer lab, the children sat down at the front near the demonstration computer and whiteboard. I introduced myself and an attention getter (of the clap, repeat variety).
- I asked the children what type of technology they have used and they had an opportunity to share with the person next to them.
- We talked about how wonderful it is to use computers and how we need to take good care of them. Lab Rules naturally followed. I read them. The children repeated them. We acted out what to do. We acted out what not to do. You get the idea. Click on the image to grab your copy!
- We looked at a computer and named the parts (monitor, keyboard, mouse, headphones and headphone plug, CPU).
- We talked about how some screens we use are touch screens, but the monitors in the computer labs are not touch screens! It has been close to a decade since I taught computers to Kindergartners, so this was the first time I had to give that instruction!
- We chatted about the CPU being the brains of the computer.
- Demonstrated how to hold each side of the headphone plug as we plug the headphones in and out.
- Showed how we use gentle fingers on the keyboard
- Investigated the mouse. As using the mouse was the main focus of the lesson, I made up a little song about using the mouse and it has stuck! The little learners want to sing it each lesson. I thought about videoing myself singing it, but I really couldn't do that to you! So here it is in word form. Think (and sing) Where is Thumbkin?
Click and drag, Click and drag.
(pretend to guide a mouse in figure of eight)
With the mouse, With the mouse.