Five ways to develop computing skills for Key Stage One

August 18th, 2011 in .Family Tech
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You’re the proud owner of a child that’s marched through Reception and is about to embark on the learning journey that is Key Stage 1, and you’re probably wondering how you can help them in this adventure. Well, here are five tips gleaned from research and experts that should help you all along the way.

1.  Start a blog

The little ones may have just grasped words and numbers but that doesn’t mean they can’t create and enjoy their own private online diary. We have drawn up a list of the best blogs for kids already so just pick one and let them roam free. It helps to develop creative and cognitive skills, improve on their existing computer skills, and works in conjunction with the National Curriculum.

2. Give them freedom

Allow your children to feel in control of their computer usage. Let them select their own login to the family computer and customise the way their desktop looks. Show them how to use the various programmes and allow them to have fun creating their own environments. As the curriculum advances they are going to get more and more independent on the PC so this helps them to feel confident and relaxed.

3. Social networks

These are an excellent way of encouraging children to develop their language and writing skills, to learn social graces, and to explore their own creativity. Check out our list of social networking sites that are safe for younger children, and our tips on how to keep them safe while they do so.

4. Exploration and fun

Don’t believe for one second that a girl will be less interested in a computer than a boy. Research has shown that there is an even split in interest across both genders and the only difference is what they find fascinating. Tailor the experience to suit your child’s personality and preference and they will be off. Use programmes (like the ones we found here) to encourage them to learn more about the world around them and to bring it to life.

5. Game on

Yes, games have a terrible reputation and many parents will balk at the idea of allowing their offspring to play them. However, the right games with the right educational slant can be enormously beneficial. There are free games you can play online, games you can purchase, and games that have been designed in conjunction with the National Curriculum.

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  • Vishal

    Nice article.