Friday, April 13, 2012

Using Typewriters in the Classroom

Remember how I made the audio recording of Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type for my kiddos? Well, there's a very specific reason I selected that book as THE super-cool book motivating my students. I have two electric typewriters in my classroom and I used Click, Clack, Moo as the springboard for introducing my students to typewriters. (This previous form of technology is so obsolete that most of my students don't have a clue about what a typewriter is or how one works.)  I have two electric typewriters in my classroom for student use. Last month I was FINALLY ready to explain the typewriters to my students and let them explore! Click, Clack, Moo served as a perfect introduction to the new classroom equipment. My kinders view the typewriters as really exciting new toys, what they don't know is that they are actually LEARNING something each time they "play" at the typewriters.

The fabulous benefits of playing with a typewriter:

Students begin to develop a sense of letter placement on a keyboard.
Great practice for alphabet recognition and sight word practice.
 Generates excitement for letters, words, and writing.

Clever ideas for using typewriters in kindergarten classrooms

Clever ideas for using typewriters in kindergarten classrooms


PS- I'm linking up with Wild About Sight Words by Teacher to the Core. You may want to stop by and check out more great sight word ideas!


6 comments:

  1. I am so glad that I found your blog! You have some really great ideas! I love the idea of the typewriter! Something that I never would have thought about, but the kids would LOVE it!! I have a new blog and would love for you to stop by! I am looking forward to following you!

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    1. Aww you are too sweet! My kids LOVE the typewriters. Thank you so much for stopping by and becoming a follower :)

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  2. Where did you get your typewriters? I really want to add this to my writing center and hope to get 2 for my room as well.

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    1. Typewriters can be hard to come by. I scour garage sales and thrift stores. The good news is that one you find one, you can usually buy it for less than $10.

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  3. Maria, this is such a smart idea. I always see type writers being sold for very little money. What a cool way to practice sight words! Thank you for linking up to my first linky party. I am thankful for you!

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    1. Hi Katie!
      Thanks for the great link! I'm always on the lookout for fun ways to practice sight words and the linky was a great resource.

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