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Monday, October 7, 2013

Director Recommends Puterbugs Computer Class for Students

 

Director's Observation & Review of

Preschool Computer Class

October 7, 2013

Mr. Ken with Future Kiddie has been offering a computer class "Puterbugs" at TotSpot Preschool for some time. I know it is a popular class and I have heard very positive feedback from parents and students about the class, but since it's Fall Camp and things are moving at a little slower pace, I had the chance to actually sit down and observe the Puterbugs class and here are my honest thoughts about what I saw......

We usually see Mr. Ken (or Ms. Linda) at TotSpot for our Friday class each week. They are always enthusiastic about what they are teaching. They start with a very short circle time to explain the week's Puterbug "mission". This, of course, gets the kids really excited and engaged. Each week, the mission also involves teaching the kids about various technological terms. Today, they learned the words "web cam" and "microchip", among others.
 The kids also focused on their listening skills as they had to wait for Mr. Ken to tell them to begin their Puterbugs mission.
 Another thing that is so great about this class is that it is completely individualized and every student has their own laptop! This is why it is perfect for any toddler, age 3 - 5, at any level. They can move through the Puterbugs mission at their very own pace - getting comfortable with both the keyboard and the mouse.....all while following directions and listening carefully to their mission which is described for them on their laptop.
 What I noticed as I watched carefully is that not only is this computer class introducing and practicing essential computer & technology skills (which these kids are going to need in this fast paced, technologically driven society), the program is very structured and reinforces many of the preschool concepts that we work on here at TotSpot; colors, letters, size comparisons, patterns, and matching, just to name a few. The program began today with each student matching the letter on the screen with the letter on the keyboard. 

 
WOW! Overall, I have to say, I am impressed! I can very comfortably recommend this computer program to all of our students. I forgot to mention, that as you can tell, EVERY child ENJOYED the class and were completely engaged. It is always a win-win situation when you find something educationally beneficial AND fun for the kids....that is what TotSpot Preschool is all about and that is why the Puterbugs Computer Class fits right in here! So Thank you Mr. Ken & Ms. Linda for bringing it here and keeping it here.

If you would like additional information about this class you can contact Mr. Ken at Futurekiddie@futurekiddie.com or the website:

http://www.futurekiddie.com/

The classes are held at TotSpot Preschool EVERY Friday at 11:30am. Space is limited


Shannon Powell, Director
TotSpot Preschool

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