in the Curriculum
In preschool children and
teachers are working on readiness skills and early literacy experiences.
Technology can help to support these lessons when used in planned and
Development and Emerging Literacy
Literacy skills increase from
the conversations that take place between children and supportive adults,
and between children and their peers as they work. Computers offer another
resource for helping children develop language; technology can provide
and extend language opportunities.
- Linking Words to
Pictures: Children can make a connection between an object on
the screen and its written label in the same way that picture books
are used. Newer computers and software may also provide spoken text
options, where words or phrases are spoken aloud..
- Creating a Story:
Children can create their own stories with the help of an adult,
using one of the software programs available. After drawing a picture
(on paper or on the screen) the child can dictate a story to an
adult or older child to type into the computer. Alternately, the
child can tell the story into a tape recorder and play it back for
others to enjoy.
Children work on mathematics
in a variety of informal ways with manipulatives such as blocks and
linking objects. Software can also be used to practice these skills
- Patterning: Seeing
how objects and numbers relate builds a concrete understanding of
math. Patterning or drawing software can provide children with practice
in seeing relationships and predicting what comes next in a series.
Many of these programs can be used in conjunction with building
blocks, patterns in music, or other curricular activities.
Learning to identify and sort objects by their attributes is basic
to both science and math. Classification software encourages children
to group objects by attributes such as size, color, and shape, as
well as to create groupings of their own objects.
- Seriation: During
the preschool years, children learn to order an array of objects
by size. Objects can be manipulated on the screen in much the same
way that physical objects can be ordered in the classroom.
- Numerical Relationships:
Software programs can help children work with the concepts of “more
than,” “less than,” and “the same as” and learn this necessary skill
for understanding mathematics.