Thursday, January 3, 2013

TuxMath, TuxType, TuxPaint Let's Create! Indoor Recess


   
                                                        
 I DREAD indoor recess! We don't go outside for recess if the windchill is below 20! Today the windchill is 9 but lucky for me I am still home on vacation. I have a great collection of indoor toys thanks to my sister, but as I get older I just can't handle the chaos and the noise! 
Sometimes I just skip it, but we both need a break and I usually pay for it :)
Today, I am mentally preparing for a long winter of many days of indoor recess! 
Computer
 I do not allow the students to use our class iPods during indoor recess. They are used only for structured learning time with a specific purpose. I also do not allow my students to use the same computer programs that we use during Daily 5 (Education City & Raz Kids) so I was PUMPED to run across these FREE "Learning" programs! The best part is that my computers at school already have them downloaded and I didn't even know it! Yippeee! I did have to download the updated "stamps" for Tux Paint. 


TuxMath is an arcade game that helps kids practice their math facts. The main goal is to make it effective and fun! 

TuxTyping is an educational typing tutor for kids starring Tux, the Linux penguin. This educational game comes with two different games for practicing your typing, and having a great time doing it.


Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). Tux Paint is used in schools around the world as a computer literacy drawing activity. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.


My students also have a Wii option. 
Wii
Last year, I wrote a grant for a Wii for indoor recess to practice Common Core Standards by using Wii Learning Games! Click HERE to see the previous post.

I am very excited to add TUX products to our indoor recess toys and our Wii. Wish me luck!

What do your students do during indoor recess?

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