The computer class for my 7-8 year old is too hard!

Continued from previous post.

Talking about simple, my girl often gets scolded during computer class because she is slow to understand. When she tries to ask her friend for help the teacher admonishes her and tells them not to help her. “Let her do it herself” she says. Maybe she has good intentions in wanting her to learn but isn’t asking for help when you don’t know a way of learning too?

When I look at the book, I get angry. The terms used etc and the way in which it has been written looks like a book for an adult! Even an adult who has no computer knowledge would have difficulty understanding it let alone a 7-8 year old kid! Why can’t they simplify it? They syllabus and content looks very hard.

For example, the first chapter talks about The Internet. It goes on to say that “First, you must have a computer. Second, you must apply for an Internet account from an Internet Service Provider (ISP). You must also have a modem.” Once you have all of the above, you have to install a special software in your computer system to go on to the internet. The special software is called a browser. Examples of a browser are “Internet Explorer” and “Moxilla Firefox”

Try explaining that to a 7 year old? Computer class which should be a fun and exciting class has turned out to be a hateful subject for my girl and I don’t blame her.


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9 thoughts on “The computer class for my 7-8 year old is too hard!

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  2. Same here too. We as parents have to help explain. But we oni do it when there’s computer exam…otherwise, close one eye…

    I oso find that their computer book too technical and dry and boring…seems like they are squeezing too much facts into a book for a young kid. i think they should learn computer in a fun way. more “pratical” rather than theories. like get them to type a paragraph, make cards, etc..

    Annie, I also close one eye and for computer test, I will just go through with her the night before the test. Hehe. However in this case, she was unhappy because she kept on being scolded so I had to try to explain.

    Actually, they do a lot of practical too like typing paragraphs and making cards. At least my girl liked the typing part. She finds it challenging to learn. They are at the moment learning how to make a card using MS Publisher and she can’t follow the steps or instructions given which are imo presented in the format more like for an adult learner. 🙁

  3. I have never touched JS’s computer book. She never asked, we never revised and it is not tested until mid term exam. I don’t know what they are taught in class, but she seems to enjoy computer class a lot, always looking forward for the day of the week where she has comp class.

    her classworks also don’t seems as much as your girl. Still very relax (though I complained about the increased of homework) compared to your girl

    As long as she is happy, there is no need to go through with her… I only go through with her because she had many questions to ask me and … I couldn’t answer her with the book!

  4. Gosh…poor kid! The person who wrote the book sure doesn’t know his audience. You can’t assume every kid is as techno savvy. Hope the teacher is helpful!

    You are right in that the writers do not know the audience….. but… it is the 6th edition mind you!

  5. boy, this is indeed too hard for a kid. the teacher should be more understanding. i think it is better that you teach her yourself 😀

    Unfortunately I don’t have the time to teach her myself. Just helping her with her daily homework and revision takes up all our time. We can forget about computer or rather we have to forget about computer or any other exra-curricular activities.

  6. Gosh… It’s crazy…. Seriously… the way our textbooks and even learning for the children are soooo boring. No fun just facts and more facts. Very rigid! Children simply don’t enjoy what they are learning… Kids these days learn for the sake of passing exams!Just compare to any books from overseas and you will see what I mean! Hai… so sad.

    I totally agree with you. It is sad.

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