Computer Courses

August 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm 6 comments

Here’s my daughter’s King Tut sculpture out of butter and flour and colored icing.

I’m sorry I’ve been doing a horrible job of taking pictures of what we are doing for school. Right now I’m just trying to survive nausea and the 105+ heat. Oh, did you know? I’m expecting baby 6 in February.

Today let me tell you about our computer courses. When I started building my online curriculum, several new “official” courses were born. One was computer. Each year they learn a little more about the internet and about word processing. Then each year they learn different types of programs.

First graders just do internet, word processing and typing.

Second graders add on Paint and Publisher (or similar programs).

Third graders learn Power Point (or similar program). There are free versions of these types of programs.

Fourth graders use Scratch which is computer programming for elementary school children. My boys love it.

Fifth graders make a blog.

Sixth graders learn html.

Seventh graders learn graphic design. Inkscape   Gimp

I’m considering Excel (or similar program) for eighth.

My boys love computer. My daughter only touches it because she has to for school. It’s an important skill though. My oldest son, above, has already taken apart computers and hopes his next computer will be one he builds himself. I have finished my JavaScript course over at CodeAcademy. Now I’m learning more html and CSS to use the Javascript together with a website. I’m a beginner though. I can make games like this.  (If you clicked on the link–try day 60, those are little fun things I made to put on my kids’ school. Once a week I add in something just for fun.)

My time it up. My ESL students have arrived. I volunteer and teach some neighbor children English a few times a week. Hope you are having a great week.


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brandy Roberts Ferrell  |  August 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Boy, do I love the way you have planned your computer courses! I have not even started with my 4th grader, but first we’ll tackle typing with Dancemat. I know he would love to spend more time on the computer! Thank you for the ideas!

  • 3. Laurie  |  August 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    wanted to say thanks for putting together your curriculum. I will start using it for First grade next month. I know you havent got to do Eighth grade yet (which I understand, life happens, no pressure-LOL) but I’ll probably check out what you had for Sci & Hist for 7th since shes coming from P.S. & I also like the computer courses.

    • 4. The King Will Make a Way  |  August 5, 2012 at 7:16 am

      7th and 8th have the same science and history so you aren’t missing anything. I will have an 8th grader next year so that is when the rest of 8th grade will be up.

  • 5. Laurie  |  August 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Also wanted to know how long (estimated) will the day be for a first grader? Considering how to schedule w/ probably splitting one computer between two kids.

    • 6. The King Will Make a Way  |  August 5, 2012 at 7:22 am

      A first grader? He probably only needs a half hour on the computer. Then he can do his paper assignments. I had 3 kids using 1 computer for awhile, and we didn’t have any trouble getting it all done.


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