Keyboarding and Technology Skills -
Kids today begin using computers at a young age, but don't get instruction on proper use until much older. Keyboarding and technology skills are now considered part of a child's school-readiness. No one wants to see their child struggle to type their work because they are poking at the keyboard with one finger as they search for each letter. Discovery Kids Puterbugs is the only software and curriculum in the world that is exclusively designed to teach young children everything from basic mouse, keyboard, and navigational skills to more advanced mobile concepts, such as networks, satellites, cell phones, hotspots, wireless, email, and the Internet. All of the most sophisticated concepts are introduced in a safe, fun, and age-appropriate way that the children can understand. Technology is always integrated as a tool, not taught in isolation.
Academic Skills -
Discovery Kids Puterbugs has received national recognition, in particular, for how the curriculum and software integrate early literacy skills in such a unique and creative approach. All 4 aspects of literacy - early reading and writing, communication and listening skills - are threaded throughout the computer detective missions, each class. Also, preschool and kindergarten enrichment concepts such as colors, letters, sight words, days of the week, shapes, and spatial skills, are integrated in the story line of each lesson. In addition, our curriculum meets today's highest academic standards and encourage the development of STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at a young age. With an exciting partner like the Discovery Channel, children get to go on special adventures that follow themes such as "Shark Week"!
Thinking & Problem-Solving -
Children think and problem-solve each class in order to complete the computer detective mission. Children are prompted to think through a series of listening comprehension questions that tie in the concepts they are learning and applying in the lesson that day.
Teamwork & Social Skills -
Teamwork and social skills are so important to start developing at a young ages. Children start each class with a "circle time" group lesson before they go to work independently on their own computer. Our small class setting ensures each child is heard, and gets to express their ideas during the team-building introduction to the lesson. The children feel like they work cooperatively as a team to accomplish their mission of the day, yet individually they move ahead at own pace on computer.
Self Confidence -
Children build self-confidence throughout the entire class, as they complete a series of activities to accomplish the mission of the lesson. At end of each class, they receive a virtual gold medal, trophy or certificate, and they are rewarded with a star on their computer detective badges. Throughout the class, the Discovery Kids Puterbugs slogan is reinforced: 'I can do anything...if I put my mind to it!' A feeling of success carries over to all aspects in life.