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Don’t “Write Off Writing” Instruction : Creative Ideas for Teaching Composition to Your Struggling Learner

By Faith Berens, M.Ed HSLDA Special Needs Consultant “I am frustrated with trying to teach my child to write properly! His spelling is atrocious, and he does not use punctuation or capitalize consistently. Maybe he is just lazy? His writing is also short and poorly organized, and I don’t even want to talk about grammar! We do copy work and have tried so many workbooks on grammar, usage, and mechanics, but they are not helping. Should I just forget about writing instruction and focus on the other basics? Please help!” —Frustrated homeschooling parent Many parents, particularly those who do not enjoy writing or who feel it is not a personal area of strength, get overwhelmed when it comes to teaching their children to write, particularly when one of them is a struggling student. Parents sometimes mistake their child’s difficulties for … 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

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Learn to type for kids | keyboard classroom | learn how to type for kids | learning to type for kids | type to learn for kids | learn to type kids | how to type for kids | learning how to type for kids Learn to Type Learn to type with Keyboard Classroom. Learning how to type teaches valuable typing skills to children in fast one-minute sprints, quickly developing speed and accuracy. Teaching kids how to type quickly without thinking about where their fingers are, kids can concentrate on the words they will use to express their thoughts. Star Reviews awarded us their prestigious Gold Star saying “Keyboard Classroom goes above and beyond when it comes to making learning accessible to all children. The software’s user friendly programming offers encouragement and the desire to learn for children of all … Read More

Why Fluencies?

There have been a lot of articles written recently about the “Fluency” approach to teaching. Some criticize it, calling it robotic… that learning by rote or memorization isn’t really learning. We beg to differ. You become fluent in something when you can do it almost subconsciously, that is, you don’t have to think about it. Educational experts have shown that when a student expends energy trying to decode words or sentences, he or she has difficulty with comprehension. Likewise, a child who cannot form or locate the letters on a keyboard will find composition almost impossible. Typing skills are complex tasks but when broken down into sub-skills as we do with Keyboard Classroom, a learning disabled child can advance quickly. Once a sub-skill is mastered, the student moves up a level and is introduced to the next one, while practicing … Read More

Dyslexia and Keyboarding

Stefan is an incredible 12 year old who’s intellect far surpasses his age. He has dyslexia BUT when he learned to type at a computer keyboard using Keyboard Classroom, he found his learning disorder went away. He no longer mixed up his B’s and D’s and P’s and Q’s. The keyboard wouldn’t let him. His Mom says it has opened up a whole new world of opportunities and that once he receives an AlphaSmart for note taking in school, he’ll have no problems keeping up with his classmates. Richard Wanderman is an adult with Dyslexia who has helped himself and others by using the computer instead of a pen or pencil. He tours the country explaining why it works. “Writing with pen and ink is like sculpting stone: mistakes are costly, and that knowledge feeds back into the composition process. … Read More

Keyboard Classroom is ready for you!

Keyboard Classroom teaches typing skills in fast in one-minute sprints, quickly developing speed and accuracy. As I said in my previous post, when a child with a learning disability like Attention Deficit Disorder or ADHD, Dyslexia, Asperger Syndrome or other forms of Autism, can type fast without thinking about where their fingers are, they can concentrate on the words they will use to express their thoughts. It’s a life-long learning skill. There are five fluencies in the Keyboard Classroom learning system. Each is designed for students to master certain sub-skills before advancing to the next level of difficulty. As they advance, they earn points, “redeemable” for playing a series of games built into the program as incentives. To guarantee success, parents act as coaches, ensuring that children practice their fluencies every day, using our patented finger guides to place their … Read More