Tag Archives: Typing

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

Wow! My Kid Really Knows the Latest Technology….

Many parents see their children texting and gaming and think, “Wow, my kid really knows the latest technology!”.  But do they?  Watch over them when they are trying to type their homework….  or input information into the computer.   Can they proficiently type at least 35 words per minute?  Can they type without looking at their fingers or the keyboard? MANY schools have adapted the Common Core Standards.  Each student is expected to take the test online which means they will be using the keyboard to type their answers!  The stress of not only the testing BUT their inefficiency working the keyboard can negatively impact your child’s performance as well as cause them to lose their confidence in their abilities! What’s a parent to do? Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself! 1. Does your child use one or … 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

Keyboard Classroom’s curriculum works one on one with the student

When we launched Keyboard Classroom nearly four years ago, it was after testing the product in a classroom environment for over a decade.  Parents of children with and without learning disabilities embraced it as a way to complement what their children were doing in school.  Now it appears, educators have caught on as well. A three year old school in North Carolina recently created a new typing curriculum completely around Keyboard Classroom.  The school, built on a philosophy of inclusion, brings children with special needs, children with average abilities, and children who are academically gifted, together in a friendly and charitable environment. One of the school’s teachers wrote to us.  “I was drawn to your program because of its specialization for helping children with special needs. We have children with ADD, Dyslexia and serious handwriting difficulties.  We understand that in developing their typing skills, we … Read More

The Importance of Typing Skills in Everyday Life

As I was reading blogs on the importance of typing I came across an article by Burt Cotton.  I thought I would share some of his insights since I wholeheartedly agree with them! “Like anything in life, practice makes perfect. I am sure that you have heard that saying before. There is great truth to this fact. If you want to achieve anything in life, you will need to commit yourself to daily practice. This includes everything from playing the piano, competing in sports, and even mastering your typing skills. If you want to improve your typing skills then you will need to commit yourself to daily typing practice. Daily typing practice is the key to your typing success. Neglecting to practice will ensure that whatever gains you have made in speed and accuracy will be lost over time. There … 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