Homeschool Mom Confession: I am terrible at typing practice for kids. My kids were not great typists–and writing texts for me while we drive in the car doesn’t count as typing practice!
The problem with typing practice for me was that with four kids at four very different levels of school, it’s super hard to fit one. more. thing. into our days! I couldn’t handle a full, time-consuming curriculum that was just for typing.
What we needed for typing practice was something fun, easy, quick, and enjoyable so that my kids could do it mostly on their own without having to nag them to do it or oversee yet another “subject.”
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Enter KidzType + TypeDOJO.
About six months ago, we discovered these two sites and I can’t wait to tell you how my kids have improved their typing skills using them!
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This post will outline how we’re using KidzType + TypeDOJO in our homeschool, what I’m loving, and how they’re improving my kids’ typing skills.
I was compensated for my time in writing this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Why Typing Practice for Kids?
I am in no way condoning a faster pace of life, but I think we can all agree we live in a very fast-paced world. Being slow at typing is frustrating for the typist and the person waiting on the typist.
Many jobs require use of the computer and everyone has emails to compose.
Poking at the keyboard with your two pointer fingers causes you to hunch over with your neck down looking at the keys. Being able to type well allows you to keep your back and neck straight and your shoulders back, saving your body from pain and discomfort later.
Typing Practice for Kids Through Games
When I was in school, we practiced typing with something like TypePad and a big notebook full of random text that we had to copy with a timer ticking. It was stressful and no fun at all.
As kids move through Dance Mat typing, they can see their progress on the side of their screen–a new icon lighting up as they process to a new level.
If your child is more into SPEED, they can move through lessons that way too. Personally, I love this! 🙂 It’s so fun to choose your time–one, two or three minute increments. Then try to speedily move through the tying and see how you score. (I’m currently a rabbit, but I’m working on cheetah status!!)
What We’re Loving about KidzType + TypeDOJO
- The typing games don’t feel like “school” and the kids happily practice without me having to NAG them!!
- It’s easy to give kids a typing test to see how their skills have improved.
- These resources are both very systematic in the way the lessons are laid out. Kids master the “home row” keys and move up slowly from there.
- The goal is mastery. Kids can move at their own pace and, in turn, develop mastery of the keys. They don’t have to move on until they are really comfortable with the keys they’ve learned.
Overall, KidzType has been a really great tool to learn typing for my kids. In fact, I have purchased several much more expensive tools and they never seem to stick.Learn Touch Typing With KidzType