Ms Cottone's Classroom:
Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through agencies in their local community. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5, in centers, child care partner locations, and in their own homes. Head Start services include early learning, health, and family well-being.
Our school is located in an urban area of downtown Louisville, Kentucky.
Most of my students live within walking distance from the school. Although our classroom is funded by Head Start we are housed in a Montessori Public School; many of our students transition into the Montessori program when they move on to kindergarten.
As a Head Start early childhood classroom, we are required to have a Technology Center. Each student is limited to 15 minutes of screen-time per school day. Although there is such a thing as too much, it is important for children to be exposed to technology at an early age.
Unfortunately, our Technology Center includes two ancient desktop computers.
They are in terrible shape and we are lucky if they work half of the time. The screens go fuzzy and they shut down unexpectedly. Also, the mouse controller is not developmentally appropriate for three or four-year-old students. My students need tablets.
There are many Apps and websites for young children which promote literacy and mathematical concepts. Some examples include Starfall, ABCYA, PBS Kids, and many more.
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