How To Use Websites
With Young Children
The websites suggested in this resource have been
selected because they do not contain pop up
advertising or complicated instructions and
steps. In many case, narration provides students
with assistance in terms of understanding what
to do to begin and what to do when they get
stuck. Having said that, it is still important
to model to the students what
is expected of them at the
computer for various activities. Students should
also be familiar with some simple navigational
symbols and words. For example, consider
posting by the computer that the word NEXT means
go ahead (use an arrow as a reminder), or that
START means begin or GO. Since these young children
are just beginning to read, a few simple reminders
will help them become successful on the computer.
tips for using these sites with children:
the game or activity for the entire group
to watch. When the first group (group 1) is
on the computer, be on hand to assist them.
Have one of the students stay behind to help
the next group (group 2). When group 2 is
done, have one of them stay behind to help
group 3 and so forth. students will enjoy
being the expert for the next group.
use of parent volunteers!
These games are simple enough that even the
technologically terrified parent can assist
little ones in the basic instructions. Then
parents can sit back and help at any snags
the little ones may encounter.
Associates are also a great resources
when setting up computer stations or time
in the classroom.
Care Partners as an option
when you feel additional help will be required
for some or all students. This allows the
partners to spend some special time together
doing something new.
sites are perfect for students to work on
at home with perhaps a little
parental assistance, just
be certain to link directly to the activity
you want the children to compete so they don't
get lost in cyberspace!
consider using your computer as a
centre. Provide activities in other
centres (like a math worksheet or craft, counting
objects, practicing their numbers, etc) that
students can do independently and this can
free you up to spend more time with the children
on the computer.
Please submit your tips and or site suggestions
to see them added here for others to enjoy!