Our 8yo asked me if I could teach her to “type fast.” I know a great freebie for that! Our older kids enjoyed 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.
Visit Dance Mat Typing to see the typing lessons for ages 7-11.
Want something less “fun” (ie. loud!)? Try this typing program for the older kids, or for yourself.