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Submitted by Jason Levine
Jason Levine (196982) writes "My son's school district, like many across the country, is facing budget issues. Already, art and music are being cut and two elementary schools are likely to be shut down. (One of which my son currently attends.) My wife recently found out that our school doesn't even have a computer teacher. Nobody's teaching the kids how to use word processing programs, how to browse the Internet, etc. They have "computer time" in which someone watches over them while the kids are allowed to visit PBSKids.org and similar websites.

My son is very bright and computer savvy for a first grader, but obviously I want him to know how to do more than simply load up a website. We've discussed home schooling with varying degrees of seriousness. Even if we don't home school, we might want to supplement what he's learning in school with computer lessons at home. My wife is a teacher and has access to various resources, but I was wondering what resources the Slashdot community might recommend.

How do you teach your children about computers and how to use them? Do you know of any websites or programs that would be appropriate for my first grade son to use? (I've already introduced him to TuxPaint, TuxMath and TuxTyping.)"
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Teaching Your Children Computer Skills At Home

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  • A few years back, I read iWoz, the autobiography of Steve Wozniak, and he talked about letting his son explore on the computer. I can't remember all the details, but I think the main part was letting his son learn for himself. Not to say that Woz didn't teach him a few basic things, but he let his son do things his way and find his own way to use the computer. Maybe you should check out iWoz, or Woz's website.

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