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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Easing into November!

Hey, all,

I didn't post last week due to my being out with a pulled lower back last Thursday and Friday, so I have some catching up to do!

Here's the quicklist:

3, Type to Learn 3
4, Keyboarding for Kids last week, then Powerpoint "All About Me" introduction
K, Drawing turkeys with Drawing for Children
1, Drawing even more turkey-looking turkeys with Drawing for Children
2, Creating and printing custom letter-writing stationery using Paint and Word and then continuing Type to Learn 3

Here's the detail:

3rd graders are progressing through Type to Learn 3, the animated software program (25 lessons and hundreds of activities) that helps them begin to learn touch typing.

In 4th grade, we're finally to the point where kids are doing more or less daily keyboarding practice with Keyboarding for Kids and we can now move on to other skills and challenges. To start with, I'm introducing Microsoft Powerpoint in a very basic way, drawing comparisons with the interface in Word, which they have already been using, and showing them a few beginning tricks--how to create a new slide, apply a slide design to one or all slides, and how to edit text. We'll deal with custom animation and more advanced options later, but for now the fun part is that each child is off on a 5 slide slideshow called "All About Me." Now there's a topic of interest! Each slideshow will have a title slide and a "The End" slide and at least 3 but not more than 5 slides about them, their likes, dislikes (kind ones only!) and more. We'll allow the learning to gestate and by the couple of weeks approaching Winter Break we'll share out. You're going to like these!!!

Kinder kids traced their hands on the monitor (no mean feat) and tricked out some turkeys with Drawing for Children. Wow! I'm going to add a slideshow right here before I post:

1st graders are doing the same activity, only with more detail and both grades created this week, saved the files, and will go find them next week to reopen and improve before saving again and printing. Neat!

2nd graders finished up stationery personally designed with Paint, inserted into a single page in Word, then formatted for filling the paper and washing out contrast and brightness before printing. The result is a nice abstract background of their own design for hand-writing letters. Several are already writing them in class. Yay!

The Thanksgiving season brings us Grandparents' Day every year, and this year is no exception, with music teacher Doni Princehorn working like crazy with all grades levels and with the PE department to make us a beautiful show. The link for reservations is at so go fill it out and come join us!


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