The ESDC Computer Program was conceived as a response to the increasing role of computers in today’s world. Our Computer Program aims to increase the quality of computer use by children, by emphasizing that the computer is not only a source of entertainment, but more so, an abundant source of information, and a tool to help in their learning.
Computer education starts with children 2 1/2 and reinforced all the way up to 6 years of age. The ESDC Computer Curricula seeks to support the children’s daily learning in their regular classrooms. The curricula includes 50% technology objectives and 50% classroom support objectives. New themes are introduced every month to emphasize certain technology objectives and/or classroom objectives. For example, to introduce the multimedia aspect of the computer, we have the theme: ES Multimedia Directors where the children come up with their own videos that we later email to their parents. To reinforce the children’s math concepts, we have a theme called ES Number Busters! Where they engage in “math mysteries” to solve in Spectacle City!
Children 2 1/2 years old (Preschool Program) has computer class twice a week, for 30 minutes. Children 3 to 4 years of age (Pre K 1 & 2 Programs) has it for thrice a week, also for 30 minutes. Children who are 5 to 6 years old (Kindergarten Program) goes to computer class four times a week, also for 30 minutes. It would be interesting to note that only the Kindergartners have internet as part of their curriculum.
The Education Station maintains a mixed environment with both Apple and PC products available.