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What can kindergartners do in computer lab successfully? In my own personal experience I’ve found that kindergarten computer lab lesson plans were practically non-existent. Here is a set of products I created to help solve the problem and save you lots of time and hassle. Your computer lab teacher will thank you {and perhaps buy you chocolate}.

These have become one of my products that I am most proud of since the time and planning put into it was so intense. I think it also looks pretty good too {wink} so that our kinders have something that looks attractive and is kinder-friendly.

KindergartenWorks: kindergarten computer lab lesson plans

Computer Lab Lesson Problems

In my teaching career, I experienced a Title 1 school that had purchased a program that gave students interactive practice. Then I moved to a non-Title school and there was absolutely nothing. There were “cd games” that ran slowly and frankly, I didn’t want to have to even contemplate making that work with a large class.

I didn’t want to leave the lesson plans up to my technology person, since I really did want to use the time to practice our standards-based skills while getting basic technology skills. I wanted the focus on the standards, so that meant planning fell to me since I knew my kinders best.

Planning Smart

I’ve come a loooong way in the creation of the first set of materials I used with my students eight years ago. We now have created a system of numbered games and activities hosted online {so no cd’s or subscriptions needed} that are broken up into 8-10 activities each week.

I created the flow and format pf the lessons so my students to know what to expect and do. I can spend my time explaining how to use their skills instead of teaching a new “project” each week, having them type their alphabet a gazillion times or making them use starfall repetitively until it they fall off of their chairs. I created a system for making lesson plans, they use it to work at their own pace.

KindergartenWorks: kindergarten computer lab lesson plans

Now, I just have to email my computer lab teacher what week of material I’d like them to use, any navigation items that could potentially hang up a student (since not all websites are kinder-friendly…. although you’d be surprised how learning to navigate different sites improves their ability to think through what makes good sense) and if there are any specific skill games I want to be introduced. I could also teach the lesson plans this in my own classroom before they go to the lab if I preferred.

KindergartenWorks: kindergarten computer lab lesson plans

How do they work? They are pdf files that have buttons linking students to games that are kinder-friendly and ordered to be sequential. With a balance between variety and repetition, your kinders are sure to love them! You’ll find activities, games, videos and nursery rhymes that are helping your students meet the standards.

Example: Students click on the number 1, play the activity online.
When finished, they close the window to return to the pdf and click number 2.
They continue to “play” at their own pace.

Early Finishers

KindergartenWorks: kindergarten computer lab lesson plans

At the end of each week’s game set, there is a link to a page of audio books to help keep your fast-moving kinders learning with the open-ended nature of listening to books read aloud. The books are different for each group of 9 weeks, which keeps things fresh. These read alouds can be highly-motivating for students to stay on task.

KindergartenWorks: kindergarten computer lab lesson plans

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About Leslie atKindergartenWorks

Leslie is the author of KindergartenWorks. She teaches kindergarten students how to be pretty incredible along with teaching them to read, write and think for themselves. She enjoys graphic design, learning new things and sharing with teachers. Google+

  • Krista Johnson

    I used the computer lessons all year last year. They were great!

    • http://www.kindergartenworks.com Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Thanks Krista,
      Glad to hear you liked them!
      – Leslie

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  • Stacy Wolf

    I love these!! Thanks so much for the freebie!!

    • http://www.kindergartenworks.com Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      You’re welcome Stacy, glad you like them!
      – Leslie

  • Stacie

    Leslie, When I try to order the computer lab bundle, it says that the email address provided for the merchant’s paypal account is incorrect. Can you help me out?! I really want to purchase these for my classroom!!

    • http://www.kindergartenworks.com Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Hi there,
      I’ll email you to see if I can resolve it on my end ;)
      – Leslie

  • http://www.kindergartenworks.com Leslie @KindergartenWorks

    Now updated!

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  • TEchReadMO

    How can I download the updated files without paying for it again?

    • http://www.kindergartenworks.com Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Hi there,
      You can download it again from the website you purchased it from. If you bought it on Teachers Notebook or Teachers Pay Teachers then you can find it in your dashboard. If you bought it from me here, then just send me an e-mail leslie@kindergartenworks.com
      – Leslie

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