Posted Date: 01/12/2021
Being prepared for whatever happens this school year has filtered down to the district’s youngest learners at Lincoln Early Learning Center. This fall, the three- and four-year-olds are practicing their fine motor skills while being introduced to Chrome books in their classroom.
“The idea is to get them used to the Chrome books so when they check them out and take them home, they’ll know where the function buttons are,” said Lincoln teacher Kay Hamlin.
“When you want to turn it on you push that,” Kinleigh says, and then explains how she selects different flowers to place on each of 12 spots on the computer screen.
The children choose from learning games like Fun on the Fridge, alphabet games on ABCYA and read-a-loud books.
All the activities are educational, even as they use their fingers and the touchpad to learn how to navigate where they need to go on the computer screen.
Rhett was selecting clothing and accessories a human-sized dog should wear before going outside when it’s raining. He had no trouble clicking on the clothing but getting it onto the dog was difficult.
“Push down and keep pushing as you move your finger,” Hamlin told him. “That’s called dragging.”
Hamlin was surprised by her preschoolers’ ability to remember from week to week, since they only practice once a week.
“They’re learning,” she said. “By now they can get on and pick their own stories,” she said. Parents will still have to type in the site for them, she added, but the students can get around the sites, choose and listen to the stories or play the games.