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Dear Parents,
It is such a pleasure to watch your children settle into their new school routines, and to see their happy faces as they visit my Computer Lab!  The children enter the classroom excited to see what I have in store for them each day and are quickly becoming acclimated to the different technology in the room and computer software that we use.
Over the course of the past few weeks, I have introduced the children to several wonderful learning apps on the iPads and computers which coincide with the school’s curriculum.  Even the Toddler class has begun to work on the iPads!
The Tiny Hands sorting app program (1, 2, 3) is a wonderful software series which the children have been using.  There are multiple games within each app and the games include shape, color and size sorting, basic counting to sort items, and even sorting and classification by occupation.  These games span all age groups from 2-5+ and reinforce the concepts, colors and shapes that their teachers are covering in class.   The games are so colorful and entertaining the kids don’t even realize how much they are actually learning!  I also love the Writing Wizard iPad app which the children have been using to practice tracing shapes, and now letters and soon Sight Words for Kindergarten!
The SMART Board is one of my favorite tools and I love incorporating it into our computer lessons as much as possible.  We have utilized the SMART Board several times over the past weeks in order to cover shapes and colors, in addition to letter review for our 4 year-olds.
Since September represents the beginning of Autumn, we spoke about the season and Apples were on the table at Park Shore! We have begun to use the desktop computers, and our 3 year-olds, Pre-K and Kindergarteners are all learning how to use the mouse. I love to incorporate creativity with technology, so several of them have already created beautiful online fall pictures using ABCmouse.com, which are hanging in the computer lab.  There will be many more to come with Halloween and pumpkin season right around the corner!
This week marks the beginning of the alphabet series, so your children should expect to be entertained as they continue to learn and practice each letter in Computers as well!  Ask them about our alphabet music and learning videos and how they practiced writing on the SMART Board and iPads!
*** A list of the websites and iPad apps that we use in the classroom is detailed below, and are grouped by the average age for usability and reference.  I gladly welcome any suggestions or recommendations that you may have based on applications your children have used and enjoy at home.  Please note that the majority of the applications we use are FREE, and cross over to multiple age groups.***
As always, it is my pleasure to be part of your child’s learning experience!
Enjoy the beautiful weather and please contact with any questions you may have!
Sincerely,
Miss Samantha
Park Shore Computer Science Specialist
Learning Websites
Tablet / iPad Applications
Toddlers
  • Fisher Price Baby Color Paint
  • 22 Learn – Animated Puzzles
  • 22 Learn – Bubble Learning
  • Toonia Color Book (Coloring)
  • Baby Chef
Shapes, Colors, Classifications & Concepts (These games are appropriate for ages 2 through 5+)
  • Tiny Hands Town Center
  • Tiny Hands Sorting 3+
  • Tiny Hands Sorting 2+
  • Tiny Hands Sorting 1
  • Tiny Hands Towers 2
  • Tiny Hands What’s My Pair
  • Tiny Hands Arctic Birthday
Interactive Learning / Classroom Reinforcement
  • Writing Wizard
  • ABC Genius
  • 123 Genius
  • Phonics Genius
  • ABC Tracing
  • ABC Order (ABCya)
  • ABC Magnet Land
  • Kindergarten Bingo (ABCya) (letters, shapes and color recognition)
  • Slate Math K-1
  • IXL Math Practice
  • Montessorium Intro to Math
  • Superhero Dolch Site Words
  • First Grade Learning Games
  • Sight Words 1
  • Spelling Bug
  • Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Games
Creative / Puzzles/ Just for Fun
  • Puzzingo
  • Strawberry Shortcake Dreams
  • Kitten Pet Baby Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Puppy Pet Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Caillou House of Puzzles
  • Lego Juniors Create and Cruise
  • Lego Duplo Trains
  • Lego Duplo Food
  • Lego Duplo Ice Cream
  • Toca Boca – Toca City, Toca Town, Fairy Tales, Robot Lab, Toca Hair, Toca Nature
  • Sonya Paz – Pop Art Program
  • Paint My Wings (Toca Boca)
  • My Play Home (PlayHome Software)
  • Marco Polo Weather
  • Strawberry Shortcake Bake Shop (Budge Studios)
  • Strawberry Shortcake Sweet Shop (Budge Studios)
  • Kids Coloring Doodle
  • Symmetry Lab Basic