A short time ago, I was a freshman in high school.
Okay, it was last century, in 1989. Anyway, all those years ago, I took a beginning keyboarding class, intended to teach me touch typing. We click-clacked away on ancient brown electric typewriters while an even more ancient Mr. Something-or-Other (who always wore brown pants) walked around calling out, “Remember students, don’t look at your fingers!”
To this day, I still look, though not all the time. In fact, I just typed that whole last sentence without peeking. S-l-o-w-l-y…
The one thing that really stuck was developing the habit of always typing two spaces after a period.
That was a tough habit to break. Dangit.
Newt has expressed an interest in wanting to learn to type as fast as me (ha). I wanted to find a typing program that was online, free and kid-friendly. Dance Mat Typing from BBC Schools fits the bill nicely.
Here is more information from their website:
Dance Mat Typing [is] an introduction to touch typing for children aged 7 – 11 years.
Each of the 4 levels are divided into 3 stages. Begin at Level 1 and build up your skills gradually through to Level 4.
Stage 1 introduces the home row, and stages 2 – 12 will:
- Recap the previous lesson
- Introduce new letters typed with the left and right hands
- Practise all previously learnt letters
- Reward the typist with a mini song and dance
Newt really enjoys the characters (and their British accents). None of the stages are timed, so she does not feel pressured or stressed; she is able to move at whatever pace is comfortable for her. Best of all, she really is learning to type.
I may want to give it a try myself…
This was an unsolicited and uncompensated review. I just like the product and thought you may too.