I had a great typing teacher in high school, who refused to allow us to learn on anything but a manual typewriter even though we were in the so very high-tech modern age of electronic typewriters. He also had eyes like a hawk and noticed anyone who so much as peeked at a key with one eye while typing. Every mistake cost a "point," too. It was a tough class, but as a result, this teacher was very successful at turning fast, accurate typers out of his class.
What's the point? Knowing how to type quickly and accurately will help you be more productive and less frustrated. Mr. Gene, of our hometown coffee and ice cream shop, when asked if WiFi (wireless internet) is available at his shop, said, "Oh, I consider the Internet a passing phase."
I'm sure he was kidding. Um, I really hope so. The internet is not a "passing phase," of course. It, and typing into it, will be around for a long time. Typing well will also help our kids with college papers, writing a book, sending important letters to important people, and, hey, if a kid learns to type quickly, then you as the parent are more likely to get an email from her after she moves out to go to the...convent?
Our kids love Dance Mat Typing. A warning: you probably won't like it. I mean, the audio will annoy you. But since it's made for ages 7-11, an age that not only tolerates annoying sounds, but makes them on a frequent basis, the kids love this site.
Here is a description from Dance Mat Typing:
Welcome to Dance Mat Typing, an introduction to touch typing for children aged 7 - 11 years.
Each of the 4 levels are divided into 3 stages. Begin at Level 1 and build up your skills gradually through to Level 4.
Stage 1 introduces the home row, and stages 2 - 12 will:
- Recap the previous lesson
- Introduce new letters typed with the left and right hands
- Practise all previously learnt letters
- Reward the typist with a mini song and dance
Why learn to touch type?
When you can do it well, touch typing is the fastest way to write. Many people can soon learn to touch type faster than they can write with a pen.
You will need headphones or speakers to enjoy the song and dance in each game. The games use the Flash plug-in, or you can play the alternative interactive versions available at each stage.
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