Sunday, August 21, 2011
Handwriting is a very important skill for a kindergarten child to master. I bet you are wondering how in the world an online kindergarten curriculum offers handwriting as a subject since majority of the learning is done via the Internet. Well, that is an easy one to answer. While it is true that the content is offered via the Internet, you are still very much able to download and print handwriting resources on your printer. You are also able to make up your own handwriting sheets for your child to practice printing. Let’s say your child is learning about community helpers in social studies, you can print the names of several community helpers on a sheet of handwriting paper and have your child practice tracing them (that is if they know all of their ABC's). There are also wonderful sites on the Internet where you can download different fonts to your computer and print your own handwriting sheets. There are even sites where you can print different styles of handwriting paper. It just takes a little bit of your time to find the resources you need. Be sure to save them to your computer favorites in a file marked Kindergarten Handwriting or something similar.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Kindergarten age children should not be excluded from the virtual learning world simply because of their age and developmental levels. Some may not be able to read text, however, there are other forms of material that children can read and comprehend. For example, most children are usually able to recognize colors, pictures, and common symbols. This type of environmental print is an excellent starting point for children to interact within an online curriculum. Most children are able to comprehend pictures and symbols, thus they will comprehend the directions and understand what to do within a lesson. After all, comprehension is the ultimate goal in reading instruction. So don’t be afraid to look for an online resource that offers a comprehensive curriculum and a depth and breadth of educational content for early learners. Look for everything between ABC’s and 123’s to thank you and please within individual activities. You owe it to your child!