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Computers *POLL*

Posted by on Sep. 4, 2012 at 11:20 PM
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Question: How do you feel about children having computer time in Pre-K?

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How do you feel about children having computer time in Pre-K?

 

My four-year-old just started Pre-K in a public school and I was shocked and upset to find out that my child would have computer learning time. Thankfully they provided the parents with "OPT OUT" forms to not allow the child to use the computers. I signed the form and will not allow her to use a computer until I say.

I feel as though a child's time in school should be based on actual teaching. Children need to learn to WRITE not to TYPE. They need to be learning math, reading, writing, spelling, science, history, manners, shapes, letters, numbers. Children do not need to be on computers in elementary school, let alone Pre-K.

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frndlyfn
by Gold Member on Sep. 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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I am for it in moderation.  They do need to learn rudimentary motor skills as well as be able to navigate a computer program appropriate for their age.  I worked in a preschool 13 years ago and we had started introducing computer time with a mickey mouse game that taught colors and shapes matching.

tabpaige
by on Sep. 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM
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Yes I believe that everyone should know now to write and what not.. but I do see the future being without paper... everything is going to be electronic... it seems that typing will get you further than writing.. now the important thing would be grammer..
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Velany
by on Sep. 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

DS gets computers in K once a week....and it doesnt bug me really cause he knows how to write and all of that right now.

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mommasaint
by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM
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For it. Here, all testing (like the statewide tests) is done on computers starting in K. I'm very thankful that my kids had learned the basics in Pre-K. They could control the mouse, the volume and understood how to take verbal orders that the computer was telling them.

bmw29
by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 12:15 AM

I think computers are a very important skill to learn in this day and age. I don't really care what they do in P-K though because I don't have a dog in that fight so to speak.

Kris_PBG
by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 12:18 AM
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My son can have 15 minutes a day on educational programs on the computer in prek.

I am glad they have computers abd regular access.

That is not contrary to best practice at all.
momtoBrenna
by Silver Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 12:21 AM
My dd was computer proficient at 18 months old and ds was computer proficient at 2.5-3. They both need to work on more efficient typing but, otherwise, can do pretty much anything that they want. My dh is a software developer with an internet based business on the side, though.
frndlyfn
by Gold Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 3:45 AM


Quoting tabpaige:

Yes I believe that everyone should know now to write and what not.. but I do see the future being without paper... everything is going to be electronic... it seems that typing will get you further than writing.. now the important thing would be grammer..

Grammar does seem to be slipping in verbal and written communication.  I come from a family that if you do not use the proper structure you will get corrected by an elder whether you are an adult or child.  Us kids like to tease them though and purposely talk badly.

YeahItsJen
by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 3:54 AM
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For it. Computers are an important skill to have now, and the importance is only growing. Plus, I truly believe this generation of kids are naturally gifted with technology.All the mommy friends I know, including myself, have been surprised at how easily the kids catch on to computers and cells phones. Its amazing! So as long as its done in moderation and its educational, I'm all for it.
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JasonsMom2007
by Silver Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 3:56 AM
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We had computers at the preschool I worked at. Kids didn't spend a ton of time on them.
now that my son is in kindergarten we are doing computer time a couple of days a week (homeschooled) it is an important skill to have!
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