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Dear Parents….You are not alone!

Dear Parents, Do the following statements sound familiar to you? “My kid takes forever to do his homework.  It is causing so much tension!” “He gets so frustrated when he has to write an essay or do anything on the computer.” “I am so tired staying up until 1:00am typing her homework!” “When I look over their notes, I see half sentences, unfinished thoughts and no clear understanding of what they are learning.” Well, you are not alone.  As parents, we go into overdrive to solve these problems.  We don’t like to see our kids struggling.  We see that look of defeat on their faces and it drains us – we hate to hear them say, “I’m just not smart”! Personally, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me when I was dealing with my struggling child.  … Read More

Would You Give A Child…

Would You Give A Child A Book And Never Teach Them To Read?  I ask myself this question every time I see a young person sitting in front of a keyboard.  I’m not talking about an i-Pad or a cell phone where their thumbs do their talking, but an honest to goodness computer keyboard.  It’s what they’ll use to do their homework, fill out those college applications, and most likely, make their living in the real world.  I stand over their shoulder and watch… and shudder. More than 75% of our children can’t type.  Oh, they can hunt and peck, and some of them are pretty fast.  But put a book or a pile of notes next to the computer, ask them to type without looking at the keys, and they’ll crumble like a wounded video game character.  So I … Read More

An Announcement from my Soapbox

When we say that Keyboard Classroom is the fastest growing learn-to-type program in America, we’re not kidding.  The learning disabled community has embraced us and most recently, we’ve seen a tremendous surge in interest from parents who home school their children. Home School families require curricula that can capture a child’s attention, provide a benefit across a variety of subject areas, and do so at an affordable price.  As we’ve traveled to Home School conventions, we hear the same comments over and over again.  “There are so many great software products on the market today,” said one mother of four.  “But the software doesn’t do much good if they can’t type!” Parents have embraced Keyboard Classroom’s back-to-basics approach to learning to type.  They like that the program is structured, guaranteeing that a child must master a skill before moving on … Read More

I found my Passion!

I have been a very happy educator for the past 23 years….There is nothing better than to see a student overcome an obstacle and see themselves as confident and successful. As Mickey Rooney says, “You always pass failure on the way to success.” My job is to be sure I give my students enough skills to use when fighting for success.  There will be plenty of roadblocks in their lives.  The secret is to be able to jump over the obstacles and keep yourself in a forward motion. As Sir Winston Churchill reminds us, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” So now I HAVE come upon a personal roadblock.  I have noticed that one skill is missing from their curriculum….learning how to touch-type.  Now you may think this is a … Read More

Preventing the Summer Slide

NOW is the time to think about your summertime plans!  It can be as easy as hitting the town pool everyday, going to visit the grandparents, or going hunting for pollywogs and turtles with the neighborhood kids. Whatever your plans are, there is always something waiting for many children each summer and their parents don’t even know it’s out there. It’s called the “summer slide,” and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: “A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year…. It’s common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been … Read More

Creativity in the Classroom

I am still focusing on the need to bring creativity to the classroom.  I have read many articles, blogs and comments from teachers, parents and students about HOW to do this. One of my favorite articles was from Sir Ken Robinson.  The point of Robinson’s talk is that the current education system is designed to squander creativity . Children are steered away from unusual instincts toward the traditional skills that will lead to secure jobs.  He said “Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mine the earth-for a particular commodity. And for the future, it won’t serve us. We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we’re educating our children.  When children enter school, Robinson argues, they do so without a fear of being wrong. He tells the story of a quiet girl drawing … Read More

Educator designed typing curriculum!

Finally, a typing curriculum developed by educators from a school for learning disabled students in CT.  The Ben Bronz Academy knew how important it was to teach their students how to type BUT all the programs out there had too much flash, noise and distractions to actually teach the keyboarding skills.  So the educators got together and realizing that repetition and “muscle building memory” lessons was what they needed; they designed Keyboard Classroom!  Fluency, Incentives and our exclusive Finger Guides have helped students of all abilities learn to type. Read what the Super Kids Educational Software Review says about Keyboard Classroom: http://www.superkids.com/aweb/pages/reviews/typing/2010/KeyboardClassroom/merge.shtml This curriculum is currently being used in schools or at home….it has been tremendously successful in the schools that have switched to this program! Please go to www.keyboardclassroom.com to find out more!  

Homeschool Reviews

I want to take the time to thank each and every homeschool mom who wrote a review for Keyboard Classroom this summer!  I know you are all extremely busy and I appreciate the time you put into understanding the uniqueness of Keyboard Classroom! Developer Dr. Ian Spence was the Headmaster of a school for learning disabled students when he created Keyboard Classroom.  He understood that handwriting imposed significant cognitive load on many students with or without learning disabilities.  Handwriting for some was painfully produced and frequently illegible.  After using this newly developed typing curriculum the school found  that students who learned how to type were able to generate more written output, make more meaningful revisions in drafts and make fewer spelling errors. This allowed the students to be more creative in their written work. When marketing this product I became … Read More

An Idea is Born!

More than fourteen years ago, I went to work for an incredibly talented educator by the name of Dr. Ian Spence at the Ben Bronz Academy in West Hartford, CT. Ben Bronz specializes in giving bright students with learning disabilities the study skills they need to succeed in the real world. Ian had found in several decades of research, that children with learning disabilities like ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyslexia, even some forms of Autism, were not incapable of learning in a mainstream environment, they just needed to “learn how to learn.” Dr. Spence built the school around an approach to learning called fluencies. A fluency is basically a timed exercise, repeated over and over again until the skill becomes second nature. Think of an athlete. Hitting a baseball, throwing a football, or kicking a soccer ball is effortless… a … Read More


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