IT’S ALL ABOUT MUSCLE MEMORY
For an athlete, hitting a baseball, throwing a football, or kicking a soccer ball is effortless… a result of repeated practice. They perform basic skills naturally, without thinking. That’s the science behind the Keyboard Classroom “fluency” approach.
KEYBOARD FINGER TRAINER
Our Finger Trainer is designed to teach children correct finger placement on the keys of the keyboard. With finger guides in place, they learn the correct location and finger placement for each key. They can then practice as much as they want before trying a timed fluency, typing the alphabet as the time counts down. Students will need to look down at the keyboard at first but you’ll be amazed at how fast they’ll learn to trust their fingers and progress.
With a dedicated commitment by the student and parent/coach, our studies show that the vast majority of students can become proficient typists in just 6 months by practicing just 15 minutes a day!
The best typists in the world say you can’t master keyboarding without knowing where the home keys are located. “ASDF JKL;” hold the key to great keyboarding skills. In Typing Words, students practice typing a series of words, only passing that level by typing a set number of words correctly in each timed fluency session. As the levels increase, more difficult finger stretches are introduced. There are 30 levels of difficulty.
The Typing Sentences fluency begins to bring all of the keyboarding skills together, requiring students to type simple sentences designed to reinforce various finger stretch exercises. Each level of difficulty introduces one or more stretches and students cannot pass a level until typing a sentence accurately at target speed. There are 20 levels of difficulty.
Home Stretch helps students practice each finger stretch in three letter combinations. The stretch activities are designed to always bring the fingers back to the home keys, building the habit of maintaining the home position on the keyboard. There are 25 levels of difficulty.
Once a student masters several levels of Typing Sentences, they are ready to learn the use of the capital letter key. Efficient typists use the pinkie of their right hand to depress this key when typing a capital letter with the left hand, and vice versa. Capital Stretch effectively builds this habit. This fluency presents a series of capitalized three-letter words for the student to copy. If the student attempts to press the capital key on the same side of the keyboard as the capitalized letter, the computer is programmed not to respond.