At BCA, computer class begins in kindergarten. Kindergarteners visit the lab once a week and work on grade appropriate activities. Through an award winning program called ABCMOUSE.COM (early learning academy), they read books, play games, do puzzles, draw, create music, take virtual field trips to the zoo and farm; all while learning about letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and the world around them. They even learn about the computer; how to use the mouse, how to email, how to save and delete files; all this learning while having fun.
By first grade, BCA’s students begin to learn touch typing. A kid friendly online program called Dance Mat Typing introduces them to the keyboard. They learn about the parts of the computer and are introduced to software and applications such as Word, Paint, and Power Point. Math and spelling are practiced using programs like Mathletics and Spellodrome. Students of all grade levels enjoy using Mathletics. This program allows them race other students from around the world in 60 second games to see who can finish first.
Second and third graders are in lab twice a week and continue the same curriculum directives with more depth; learning more about computer hardware and software, input and output devices, storage devices, and working with files. The Internet is introduced using Internet Explorer; internet safety and cyber bullying is discussed. Excel is used for simple charts and graphing.
Fourth and fifth graders continue their touch typing practice with Mavis Beacon and other online programs that focus on drills for correct keying and accuracy. They are in lab on a daily basis and depending upon grade level additional emphasis is put on learning about the computer, networks, compatibility issues with other technology, and the windows environment. Internet and World Wide Web lessons focus on living online (etiquette), safety, browsers and search engines, researching online, evaluating good and bad websites, , and viruses- detection/prevention. Computer ethics are discussed; topics include integrity and confidentiality of data files, shareware, freeware, public domain, fair use and copyright regulations, and licensing. Further skills are developed in word processing, spreadsheet, data base, computer graphic, and presentation programs, specifically Microsoft Office products; Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, and PowerPoint. Whenever possibly computer learning is tied to assignments within the classroom (i.e. 4th and 5th grade state reports are coordinated between the classroom teacher and the computer teacher). Thus, students learn about the computer, practice keyboarding, and reinforce classroom concepts while completing assignments in computer lab.
08:00 am - 03:30 pm
Bethany Bible Fellowship
Bethany Christian Preschool