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Computer Readiness
Type: Games   Skills: Critical ThinkingMath & NumbersPhysical & Motor Skills
The computer can be a wonderful way to encourage children to learn. If you choose age-appropriate educational software, there are many ways computers can enhance your child’s development. Children as young as two years old can learn by starting to use computers. Children younger than two, however, shouldn’t attempt to play on the computer because they are still learning to master basic skills such as crawling, walking, talking, and making friends. Computer Readiness
What We Learn
Computers offer kids learning opportunities
Encourage kids to use computers with others & talk about what they’re doing
Choose interactive software programs
Computers can’t replace your interactions
Supply List
Educational interactive software
Extended learning materials (such as books and blocks)
Begin by first choosing a computer program that is age-appropriate for your child, such as Reader Rabbit or by using online programs available at www.sesamestreet.com. Other software programs include Math Blaster and the Jump Start series. Check the software packaging to see what age range it’s geared for and preview the software yourself.

Start the computer up for the kids. Put the computer disc in, then allow your children to explore the program freely. The program will guide them through what to do.

Remember to extend the learning process away from the computer by providing a similar experience with tangible items. For example, if the kids are playing a computer program that uses the alphabet for a game, then use alphabet blocks for an activity to reinforce the learning experience.

You can extend the learning process even further by finding books with similar themes or characters as used on the computer. Discuss with the children what they learned while using a particular software program. Many computer programs or online games include printable sheets with activities that your children can do after the computer is turned off.

Computer use should be available throughout the day. Provide opportunities for children to view computers as a research tool where they can find information, such as in an encyclopedia.

Some children will be more attracted to computers than others. Remember, computer use needs to be a free choice, not a chore.

For kids of different ages, let them take their own turns, and if appropriate, have the older kids help the younger kids if they’re having trouble following certain computer programs.
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