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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:

http://jacksonpollock.org/

Click on the picture to start on a blank page. Move the mouse to paint. Click the mouse to change colors.ļ»æ 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! šŸ™‚

http://www.headsprout.com/code/launchMA.cfm
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.

http://www.tvokids.com/framesets/bby.html?game=66

ļ»æThis ‘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.

http://www.learning.luton.gov.uk/l2g/custom/resources_ftp/netmedia_std/ks1/ict/mouse/index.htmĀ 

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 alreadyĀ 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 MorrisonĀ  morrisona@ask.edu.kw

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KG2 – An Ocean Adventure

Let’s Go Read: An Ocean Adventure is our new game in KG2.Ā In thisĀ gameĀ 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, andĀ 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 www.starfall.com 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 MorrisonĀ  morrisona@ask.edu.kw