Gather around a computer, with all the trimmings and talk about the various parts: monitor, screen, keyboard, mouse, computer, speakers, keyboard tray, cords, CD/DVD-ROM, ports, printer, cartridge – continue on as long as the children are interested.
Review – Who can find the…?
Computers are machines that follow our directions to do work, solve problems, communicate with other people, and play games.
We use the mouse and the keyboard to tell the computer what to do.
The CD/DVD ROM is like a book, and can hold words, pictures and video. The computer can read the CD/DVD ROM.
The monitor screen shows us the work that we have done with the computer.
The printer takes words and pictures from the computer, and copies them onto paper so we can keep them and read them whenever we want.
Find some letters and numbers on the keyboard.
Introduce a program and have the children try it out.
Draw a simple screen on paper, and have the children make a design or picture on it.
Older children can discuss and design a program that they would like to use.
Can you think of some other machines that help us do work?
Can you think of some other machines with screens? With letters on them? With speakers? That we can talk to other people with? That we can write with?