In a digital age when just about everything is done on-line, I rank typing as an essential, CORE skill that every child should learn. Like most 30 somethings, I, personally, did not have formal typing instruction until high school. My insufficiencies with a keyboard were glaringly obvious my freshman year of college when it took me twice as long to type my words as it did to write them with a pen. That first year was quite a struggle as nearly every assignment had to be typed.
(I was given a free membership to TypeKids.com in exchange for a thorough review. I also received monetary compensation for my time spent in reviewing the product. All opinions expressed were true and completely my own. I am not responsible if your experiences vary.)
|Lesson 3 Exercise 1 of TypeKids.com|
What I liked about TypeKids.com
It's typing with a twist.
I knew that in order to foster a DESIRE to learn to type within my girl, I could not just sentence her to a year of the same typing instruction I received in high school. Hours of typing black-and-white jibberish with no significant reward would NOT be enjoyable for ANY nine-year-old. Instead, this on-line typing course is specifically designed for kids and incorporates games into the instruction. Children are first introduced to a new typing sequence and then given ample practice of that sequence during skills exercises. After successfully completing a few exercises, children "unlock" a portion of an on-going audio pirate tale as well as earning an opportunity to play a fun game that reviews the recently-learned skills.
Progress reports are issued.Unlike her previous program which issued progress reports to THE CHILD as he/she completed the lessons, TypeKids.com also issues progress reports to THE PARENT via email. This simple form of accountability alerts me of Sweetie Pea's typing strengths and weaknesses.
|Progress Report- TypeKids.com|
Accuracy is emphasized.
Her previous program seemed to always emphasize speed. Which is a valuable skill. But, so is accuracy. If she happens to incorrectly type a letter in the TypeKids.com program, she can not move on to the next letter until she types the missed-letter correctly. Her speed obviously continues to improve with ACCURATE practice. If, by chance, she needs more review of a particular letter or sequence, she can repeat the actual instruction part of the lesson at any time.
|Review Lesson - TypeKids.com|
The Nitty-Gritty of TypeKids.com
- TypeKids.com consists of 30 on-line lessons.
- Each lesson takes approximately 25 minutes to complete.
- Instructions are given in the form of a video demo with audio narration.
- Retail price of the entire course is $49.95