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Using Typewriters in the Classroom

Remember how I made the audio recording of Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type for my kiddos? Well, there’s a very specific reason I selected that book as THE super-cool book motivating my students. I have two electric typewriters in my classroom and I used Click, Clack, Moo as the springboard for introducing my students to typewriters. (This previous form of technology is so obsolete that most of my students don’t have a clue about what a typewriter is or how one works.) I have two electric typewriters in my classroom for student use. Last month I was FINALLY ready to explain the typewriters to my students and let them explore! Click, Clack, Moo served as a perfect introduction to the new classroom equipment. My kinders view the typewriters as really exciting new toys, what they don’t know is that they are actually LEARNING something each time they “play” at the typewriters.

The fabulous benefits of playing with a typewriter:

Students begin to develop a sense of letter placement on a keyboard.
Great practice for alphabet recognition and sight word practice.
Generates excitement for letters, words, and writing.

Clever ideas for using typewriters in kindergarten classrooms
Clever ideas for using typewriters in kindergarten classrooms

PS- I’m linking up with Wild About Sight Words by Teacher to the Core. You may want to stop by and check out more great sight word ideas!

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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  1. I am so glad that I found your blog! You have some really great ideas! I love the idea of the typewriter! Something that I never would have thought about, but the kids would LOVE it!! I have a new blog and would love for you to stop by! I am looking forward to following you!

  2. Maria, this is such a smart idea. I always see type writers being sold for very little money. What a cool way to practice sight words! Thank you for linking up to my first linky party. I am thankful for you!

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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