World Math Day 2011 starts 1pm Monday 28 Feb

To all Grade 2 students, or Grade 1 students that registered at home,

Get online on the World Math Day site from 1pm Monday 28th February (Kuwait time). That is when it is officially 1st March somewhere in the world.  World Math Day 2011 will officially be over at 2pm Wednesday 2nd March (Kuwait time).

Once it is officially World Math Day, then the rules apply. You may wish to have an adult read the rules to you:

In summary, only up to 100 games in the 48 hour period count toward your total points. Your points are reset to zero at the start of World Math Day. The age on your profile must be correct or you will not be eligible for any prizes.

It will probably not be possible to play World Math Day at school during this time, as Grade 3, 4, and 5 students have booked computer lab space to play. So I strongly encourage you to play at home if you can. 🙂

Every student who participates on the official day will receive a certificate (that I will print out for you within a week or so if you are in Grade 2). If you play 60 games or more on the day, then you get a special ‘Platinum’ certificate. More information can be found under the ‘Prizes’ section of the WMD website.

Have fun!

Ms Morrison


Computer mouse games for young children

If your child has difficulty using the mouse, then here are some websites that have great games for mouse practice:

Click on the picture to start on a blank page. Move the mouse to paint. Click the mouse to change colors. This is a website that we are using in class for most grade levels, so your child may already know what to do. Be careful – it’s quite addictive, even for adults! 🙂
This is a story that the children listen to and follow the instructions. It is important to have sound so they can hear what to do.

This ‘Bees and Honey’ site could be good for CDC or KG1 kids. It teaches moving the mouse to an object, clicking on an object, and dragging and dropping. It can be a little bit tricky as the objects are slowly moving. 

Please note that a ‘single click’ is introduced in CDC. ‘Drag and drop’ is introduced for KG1 students, but some do require assistance with this. ‘Double click’ is not introduced until KG2, and some children are still working on this skill.

The above games might be fun for any child to play, even if they are already skilled at using the mouse! We have not necessarily played these games in class, so they will probably be brand new to your child.

These sites I found as part of another blog Ask a Tech Teacher.

Ms Morrison

Earrings + Headphones = Painful!

Please send your child to school on Computer days without earrings, or at least with small ones that will not hurt if wearing headphones.

Our computer headphones tend to be the kind that sit quite firmly over the ears, and if your child is wearing large, bulky earrings, or ones with a long back, they can dig into their head. Most of our Early Childhood computer games require children to wear headphones to listen to instructions and letter sounds. Grade 1 and 2 students are sometimes required to wear headphones.

Thank you,

Ms Morrison

World Math Day 2011

World Math Day will be on March 1st this year. If you have not heard about it before, visit the official website:

If you are in Grade 2, then you will learn about World Math Day in Computer class. You will be given your own username and password to go onto the site for practice anytime this month. If you are in Grades 3-5 you will get your sign-in details from either Ms Suk or your classroom teacher.

Grade 1 students will not spend any Computer class time playing the game, but if you are interested, you may have an adult help you sign-up at home and play whenever you wish outside of school time.

If you have your username and password already, click on ‘Sign In’ at the top of page. Then click on ‘Play Now’. Choose your level and begin! The site will then search around the world for who else in your age category is online at the exact same time, and you will compete against them by answering simple basic facts problems for 60 seconds.

Here is what it looks like when you are in the middle of a 60 second game. 3 strikes (wrong answers) and you're out!

It is just practice until 1 March. But it is so much fun! When it is 1 March your games and scores count toward the total for you, your class, and your school, and it is possible to win prizes.

Enjoy playing!

Ms Morrison

Kid Keys – Grade 1

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).

Students must type the sentence correctly. The current letter flashes in blue. As they increase through the levels, they must type letters, spaces, periods, capitals, and question marks.

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”.

Ms Morrison

KG2 – An Ocean Adventure

Let’s Go Read: An Ocean Adventure is our new game in KG2. In this game the students use their computer mouse skills to identify, match, sort and build letter blends and middle vowel sounds. Robbie the raccoon and Emily the squirrel are there to help guide the students for each activity. This program is also a test of patience for the students, as each mini-activity within the game has a lot of repetition, and children only progress to the next activity once they have mastered the previous one. The early reading skills of this program are very valuable, and there are a variety of books to read along the way in this adventure.

In this part of the game, students must build the blends, and 'feed' them to the puffer fish until they explode!

How can I help at home?

This game is not available online unfortunately, but has some excellent beginning reading activities for your child to enjoy at home. It is expected that KG2 students should all be able to track with the mouse correctly, point, click and drag. We have just introduced the ‘double-click’, and some students do require assistance to master this correctly.

Ms Morrison

KG1 – An Island Adventure

Let’s Go Read – An Island Adventure is the game we are playing now in KG1. Students are using the mouse skills of pointing, clicking, and dragging, to identify, match, and sort, beginning letter sounds. Robbie the raccoon, and Emily the squirrel help us on our adventure.

We need to decide if the coconut Robbie is holding makes the 't' sound. If so, we click on the 'T' basket. If not, we click on the other basket.

What can I do to help at home?

Can your child use the computer mouse correctly? Our game requires the students to track with the mouse across the screen, and to point and click to select items. The more difficult skill of ‘clicking and dragging’ the mouse is also used in this game. Some students require a little assistance for this. When observing your child at the computer, do they move the mouse in the correct direction that they want the cursor on the screen to move? This can be tricky for some children, but a little individual help at home could really improve their success and enjoyment in class!

Ms Morrison