Tag Archives: how to type for kids

Why Do You Need Keyboarding Skills?

“Since personal computers were widely introduced in the early 1980’s, more and more jobs have required keyboarding skills. Fortunately, the keys on a keyboard are similar to those on a typewriter and most people made a quick transition to keyboarding. Today, any job that requires the use of a computer also requires keyboarding skills, especially for the facilitation, storage and accuracy of work.” Rick Suttle Here are a list of jobs that require keyboarding skills: Marketing Research Manager: This position require keyboarding skills to design questions, work with databases, use various statistical models, write reports and develop presentation pieces. Data Entry and Processing: type information into computers. Receptionist: This position needs keyboarding skills to reference client lists or patients when they come in for a visit. Engineer: All engineers need basic keyboarding skills to work with CAD (computer-assisted design) and CAM … Read More

Teacher Conferences will be here before you know it!

I can hear it now….why isn’t ‘Johnny’ progressing in his work?  Why can’t he take good notes?  Why can’t he keep up in class? Well, you are not alone if you hear those words!  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”! There are many answers for those questions.  I can help in the written communication aspect of learning.  Writing is an important skill for ALL students.  However, some students find writing extremely difficult to learn and to master.  As the Director of an educational program at the Ben Bronz Academy in Ct. I worked with many students who had a hard time manipulating a pencil/pen.  We introduced … Read More

The Reason your Student is NOW Smiling!

As parents it’s so hard to peek into a room and see your child struggling with their homework!  We know something has to be done to relieve some of this pressure on our child but where do we turn? My first suggestion would be to look for an ‘intervention’  as soon as possible!  To be clear, an Intervention is a planned set of procedures that are aimed at teaching a specific skill to a student.  It’s more than a single lesson and less than an entire curriculum. Deciding what intervention option to use should not be made lightly. It will take much contemplation on what is the best for your child, what your finances will allow, and if you are willing to carry through with any of these choices. As a parent I did two things that made a big … 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

You Need to Type to Tell the Computer What You Want

There is nothing magical about Touch-Typing.  Here’s how it works. Instead of watching the keyboard as you type, you watch the screen, and you type without looking.  You simply learn the position of each key on the keyboard, and through practice your fingers develop muscle memory and NOW you will always know where the keys are …without looking! Once the process becomes automatic you only have to think of a word for it to appear on the screen. I find it a very enjoyable way to work, because it’s less tiring, and you don’t have to keep shifting your eyes from keyboard to screen. Here are some amazing benefits to typing: Because you’re watching the screen as you type, you can instantly spot any typing errors and correct them straightaway. Touch-typing helps free your mind from the mechanics of what you’re … Read More

Special Education Students

While channel surfing last night my husband and I came upon a HBO Documentary Special.  There were 4 mini programs on learning disabilities and special education. The first program was on ADD and ADHD and they interviewed children who had it.  The kids spoke honestly about their symptoms, how it affected them and what they needed to do to ‘look and act like normal kids’.  The first thing we noticed was how well they understood their disability.  The second thing we noticed is that each kid had trouble with their communication skills.  Their thoughts ran through their heads so fast that they had a hard time translating them in word or on paper.   When speaking in class the teachers didn’t have the patience to allow them to find the words that they were trying to get out.  The other students … Read More

Waiting for that first Teacher Conference

I can hear it now….why isn’t ‘Johnny’ progressing in his work?  Why can’t he take good notes?  Why can’t he keep up in class? There are many answers for those questions.  I can help in the note-taking aspect of learning.  As the Director of an educational program at the Ben Bronz Academy in Ct. I worked with many students who had a hard time manipulating a pencil/pen.  We introduced them to Keyboard Classroom, a typing program that was developed at the school by the teachers.  The results have been tremendous. As we now know, keyboarding is a life-long skill.  It has evolved from a “transcription” typing skill to a “generative” typing skill involving composing original thought at the keyboard.  Student writing develops faster through word processing because it facilitates the review and revision learning process.  Efficient keyboarding skills allow students … Read More

Homeschool-how-to.com website review

The following is a Review from the Homeschool-how-to.com website! While there are many homeschool typing instruction options available, some are helpful and some are not. We have tried various free and paid programs both online and offline. One program that we have been using this year is called Keyboard Classroom and we really like it! Keyboard Classroom was developed by teachers over 23 years ago. Homeschool parents have endorsed this product saying it is the only typing program that works with their children. The problem with most homeschool typing programs is that unless you are sitting right with your child, you can’t be sure that they are hitting the right keys with the right fingers at the right time. My older children learned to type but they don’t put their fingers on the right keys like I do because they … Read More

Old dog, new tricks

Michelle is a homeschool mom and blogger from Tampa who wrote a review about Keyboard Classroom.  I would like to share it with you! “ I am old enough that when I was in high school, there was a class called “Typing.”  There were mostly girls in this class.  And it was, in my teenaged, not-very-humble opinion, a class for those whose highest aspirations involved working for the CEO, not being the CEO.  My guidance counselor suggested this class when I had a free period and did not want a study hall (another completely useless thing, in my thoughts) but I turned my nose up at the idea. So, I hunted and pecked my way, on a word processor machine, through my upper class research papers and graduated with a diploma that reflected higher learning, not secretarial training. Even in … Read More

It’s time to place an effective typing curriculum near the top of the list.

I just read an article in The Hartford Courant today about “allowing students to bring to school any online device they had- Smartphone, tablet or laptop- for use in class as teachers saw fit.”  Educators are realizing that it makes no sense to stop students from using the digital tools they use outside of school.” I totally agree with this but I do have one concern.  Why would you hand a student a laptop and NOT teach them how to touch type beforehand?  You don’t drive a car until you take driver’s ed….you don’t jump into a pool before you learn to swim….you don’t give a child a book without teaching them how to read first.  My point is that there are steps to learning how to do something.  You don’t start at step 10 and work backwards!  You start … Read More