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Kinder computer class

I thoroughly enjoyed teaching my first Kindergarten computer class yesterday. The K2 kids from 504 filed in and we talked about what computers are used for, what the parts of a computer are, and how to treat a computer and the lab. We then got onto the machines and students were shown how to log in and off, and how to launch the internet.
The discussions on the rug were so intriguing – I was not surprised to find that these kindergarteners know a LOT about computers and the web. When asked for tips on how to treat the computers I heard “don’t bang the screen!” and then “don’t SPIT on it!” – all good advice. I was told that a laptop is “a computer that opens and closes”, and they giggled when we agreed that computers are not thirsty or hungry, so no food or drink in the lab. This particular class knew their numbers and letters and could recognize them on the keyboard, and they followed directions well, with an occasional “oooo” and “this is the COOLest!” comment when we had “entered the world wide web”.

Conversations in a classroom : “still no luck”

Every morning, I stand and help traffic kids safely down the stairwell to breakfast. And every day, a first grader stops and updates me on his luck in the lottery :

“Still no luck.”

“No luck? I’m sorry.”

“I think I need to try the cherry ones.”

“Where are you buying these tickets?”

“At the Store 24.”

“Well, keep trying. Just remember me when you win. I could use a couple bucks.”

“500 dollars is not a lot of money! I need more.”
“Really? What do you need it all for?”
“It costs a lot of money to fix up this school.”

“Oh, you’re gonna fix up the school?”

“Yeah. It needs a lot of work.”

“Why do you wanna do that?”

“To make the learning process faster.”

“I need at least 300 to fix the computers. And then my grandfather can come in and fix the rooms. He’s a construction worker. But that takes more money. That’s why I gotta save.”

“Well, it is really nice of you to want to help make the school better.”

“Yeah, and we need more floors. We need 20 floors so more kids can get here faster.”

“Wow! These are great ideas. I hope you win big.”
“Yeah. I think they are giving me little kid cards, though. I gotta look into that.”

“You do that, man! Have a great day!”

“You too.”