There’s no doubt that the world we live in today is full of technology. I can remember taking a keyboarding class in seventh grade and I learned how to properly type. Little did I know that skill I learned in that class would be one of the skills I would continue to use for the rest of my life. Just because we homeschool doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make sure we teach our kids how to type. In today’s homeschool tips post, I’m going to tell you how to make sure we include typing practice for kids in our homeschool!
Typing for Kids
You may be wondering when is the best time to introduce typing to your kids. In today’s technology driven world, I start teaching my children how to type properly in the third to fourth grade. That is the ideal time to add a typing program to your homeschool curriculum.
You want to make sure you child has decent fine motor skills, so I don’t suggest trying to properly teach your child to type before they have a decent grasp on handwriting.
Free Typing Lessons for Kids
You do have a few free options when you begin teaching your child how to type.
Typing Club is a free program that teaches kids how to touch type. Children progress through different levels, but will need to master a certain words per minute rating before moving on to the next level. Some parents feel the program is a bit laggy, but overall, it helps children with where to position their fingers.
ABCYA Keyboard Zoo
I like ABCYA Keyboard Zoo for younger kids. It’s engaging and holds their attention. This program does not teach touch typing, but encourages children to learn where letters are on the keyboard.
Kidz Type offers free typing lessons for beginners. It’s interesting in that it teaches what it calls “Dance Mat Typing.” Basically, kids just learn to touch type properly and must master different levels. There are no videos explaining how the hands should be held, but there are written instructions and visualizations.
More Typing Practice for Beginners
There are other paid programs you can use to help your kids practice keyboard typing.
Typing Instructor for Kids
I’ve used Typing Instructor for Kids. My kids really enjoyed how interactive it is as they get to explore Typer Island. You can purchase Typing Instructor as a CD-Rom or as a download. I prefer the download.
Typing Instructor is designed for kids as young as six, but I prefer to use it with children ages eight and up.
How do you practice typing for kids?
The best way for kids to learn to type is to be set up at a computer that is on a table or desk at their height. Your child should sit up straight with both feet on the floor.
Whichever typing program you choose should guide your child in the proper placement of the fingers on the keyboard. Once the child is comfortable, the typing program will begin by teaching the child about home row on the keyboard.
How much should kids practice typing?
I believe a little practice every day will lead to success. A child should have dedicated typing time for maybe 10 or 15 minutes a day. If the child enjoys the typing games, typing time can be extended.
As with any other skill, progression will be seen with more practice. So overtime, you’ll see your child’s typing skills grow!