Right now with kids having to do so much schoolwork on computers, it can be really tough if your little ones don’t know how to touch type yet. Even younger kids are expected to do work on the computer now, and that keyboard is tough to deal with when you haven’t even learned how to write properly!
Personally I believe that there’s really no school age that’s too young for kids to start learning how to touch type. Even for the youngest kids, typing involves fine motor control, letter recognition and matching skills. And kids really do need to develop this skill in our modern age! While they’re growing up on tablets and touchscreens it can be a huge shock to not be able to use a computer (which looks so similar to tablets) just because they can’t find the keys they need to type words.
All that frustration can become something they associate with subjects they’re learning. They may end up hating math simply because using their online math program was so hard with the keyboard and mouse. Eek! We can’t let that happen!
That’s why learning how to touch type is so helpful for our younger kids.
The problem is that most typing programs are designed for older kids. There are some big challenges here.
Younger kids (think, ages 5 through 12) need small lessons and lots of positive reinforcement. Jumping into a curriculum designed for older kids will have the younger ones shutting down quickly – and worse, creating a negative experience with computers and the subjects they’re learning on them.
That’s why finding those bite-sized lessons and games on TypeDojo.com and KidzType.com is super helpful. You can alternate these tiny lessons with fun games and work on your child’s typing skills for 10 to 15 minutes each day. In my personal opinion, that’s all it takes for kids to boost their typing skills in a big enough way to really help them succeed with online curriculum.
Once they’ve got some typing skills down, your kids’ world opens up in big ways. They can write creative stories, write emails to family members, and explore kid-safe articles and curriculum on anything they could possibly ever want to learn.
I really hope this post helps you and your kids tackle this oftentimes challenging skill. Hop on over to TypeDojo to try out some typing lessons or KidzType to play some fun typing games!
Let me know if you have any questions or if you want to share your own experiences. I’d love to read your comments below!