Typing: An Often Overlooked Skill Your Kids Need

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator:

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Today’s kids spend a lot of time on computers, but too many of them still use the hunt and peck method when it comes to actually typing.  Children who know how to type:

  • Use their energy to produce better work, instead of hunting for the right keys
  • Finish assignments in less time, thus increasing motivation
  • Feel more confidence

With most schools cutting budgets, students don’t get the keyboarding instruction they need.  You can fill in the gap and winter break is a great time to start!

As a teacher, my very favorite software is Typing Instructor.  It’s fun and fast-paced enough to keep a child’s interest, but includes the repetition needed to solidify their skills.  You can even print out certificates that highlight your child’s progress.

When you compare typing software programs, you’ll see there’s a range of prices and options included.  You can easily find one that’s a good fit for your family.  If you would rather not spend the money on software, there are also good choices for free web-based lessons.

I recommend that students practice 20 to 30 minutes a day, about five days per week.  That may seem a lot like music lessons, but when you look ahead, you realize the positive impact of knowing how to type.  There are few jobs that don’t require some type of keyboarding skills.  Children as young as six have the manual dexterity required.

Put up a chart that your kids check each day they practice.  Agree on an incentive that will keep your child moving forward to the goal.  Once they reach a certain level of typing, celebrate with an ice cream sundae, 30 minutes late bedtime or other age-appropriate treat.

The time your children spends typing today is not only an investment in their education, it’s also an investment in their future careers!

How do you motivate your kids to learn the correct keyboarding skills?

Jennifer is passionate about children and education. She homeschooled her two sons for five years, established and directed a Christian school in Maryland for 20 years, and currently teaches in a public school in a Chicago suburb. She loves investing in relationships and delights in every moment that she spends with her family.