I had a great typing teacher in high school, who refused to allow us to learn on anything but a manual typewriter even though we were in the so very high-tech modern age of electronic typewriters. It was a tough class, but as a result, this teacher was very successful at turning fast, accurate typers out of his class.
What's the point of learning to type well? Knowing how to type quickly and accurately makes being online and around computers less frustrating. Computers, and typing into them, will be around for a long time. Typing well will also help our kids with college papers, writing a book, sending important letters to important people, and, hey, if a kid learns to type quickly, then you as the parent are more likely to get an email from her after she moves out!
Our kids love Dance Mat Typing. The audio might annoy the adult in you, but since it's made for ages 7-11, an age that not only tolerates annoying sounds, but makes them on a frequent basis, the kids love this site.
Here is a description from Dance Mat Typing:
Welcome to Dance Mat Typing, 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
Why learn to touch type?
When you can do it well, touch typing is the fastest way to write. Many people can soon learn to touch type faster than they can write with a pen.
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