This page is for Grade 1 students and their parents. Read here for information on what we are covering in class this quarter. I will also post ideas for activities to do on your computer at home.
There are a number of websites that we are exploring in Computer class that compliment the topic that Grade 1 students are studying in Science. Now you can play them at home too! Click below to play or find out more:
Kid Keys – a beginning typing program
You are probably wondering why your child keeps coming home with a bunch of certificates about castles and keys! We are playing a game in class called Kid Keys. It is program that introduces early typing skills. First, the students needed to find each of the letter keys on the keyboard in turn (Keystone Keyboard). Next, they completed a few typing drills (Magic Mirror). Finally, they will work on typing simple sentences, and introducing uppercase letters using the <Shift> key, as well as the period and the question mark (Castle Keys).
For Grade 1 I do not require that they use the correct fingering for the keyboard. They will learn this in Grade 2. However I do encourage good posture while sitting at the computer, and to use both hands on the keyboard to spread out the work among all the fingers “like you’re playing the piano”.
Kid Pix – body part pictures
Graded papers went home in the last two weeks showing your child’s drawing and labeling of body parts in Kid Pix. This project was completed in Computer class over 3 sessions. If you have any questions about the results, please email me, or come and see me. The mark from this project contributes toward their Quarter 2 report card grade. As with all specialist subjects at ASK, the grade is based primarily on effort in Computer class.
I am very proud of the students’ drawing and labeling skills. Technology requires us to follow a lot of steps, and it only take one wrong click of the mouse to make a mistake! It was very challenging to draw pictures using the mouse rather than a pencil.
Well done Grade 1!
Here is the grading sheet that I used:
Ms Morrison firstname.lastname@example.org