Common Core State Standards state that children as young as Kindergarten will explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing. This week, my Kindergarten students brought their Mother’s Day books which they made in their class to the Computer Lab where I teach. They had used ABCya.com’s Paint Tool before to write speech bubbles above character’s heads so I thought they were ready to transfer their Mother’s Day writing to ABCya.com.
CCSS W.K.6: With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
I have included in this post some pictures that I took of their screens while they worked. I was impressed with the vocabulary that their teacher had encouraged them to use. Although the words are not all written in standard American English, the spellings of the words are developmentally appropriate. After the kids created their digital pieces, I had them press “Print”. They eagerly raced to the printer to see their work on paper. The joy, the smiles, the excitement that were brought about from printing made my day! ABCya.com’s Paint tool is the specific resource we used. I have a link to it at my school website under the Kindergarten tab. My school website is found at bit.ly/elonpark. I hope you will explore the ABCya Paint tool to see the power and ease of use in allowing five and six year olds to publish and print within 45 minutes.