Practice touch typing skills with TypeKids {review}

 

I still remember my typing class in the 7th grade.  Electric typewriters.  Do they still make those?  They were old when I used them, but they got the job done.  The important thing was I learned touch typing skills that I’ve used my whole life.  Now that so much in life and work revolves around using keyboards, those skills are even more important than they used to be.  What about typing for kids?  When and how do you introduce typing lessons in your homeschool?

Practice Touch Typing Skills with TypeKids review @hsbapost

TypeKids is an online typing course for kids.  It was created to teach touch typing skills in a fun way with incentives for making progress in the form of games.  Kids type along with Captain Forty, a friendly pirate, as they collect gold coin treasures.  Gold coins can unlock games.  Accuracy counts and emphasis is put on proper hand placement and typing without looking at the keyboard.  Students improve both speed and accuracy in the lessons and games.

How it Works

My daughter (12) has been practicing her typing skills.  She wants to improve her speed because she’s a writer and she knows that speed and accuracy will make the writing process much easier.  She is motivated enough to practice without the additional incentive of games, but I know from personal experience that typing practice can be boring.  TypeKids helps to prevent that boredom with built-in incentives.

Lessons are presented in slideshow format, beginning with a chart showing the proper placement of your hands on the keyboard and why it is important.  An instructor’s voice describes the proper placement as well.  Standard lessons are presented for the home row, numbers, punctuation, and more for the QWERTY keyboard.

The lessons are available for a one time payment of $89.95.  Students have up to one year to complete the typing course, but if this is not long enough they can request a free extension of one more year.   Using the lessons several times a week, it won’t take my daughter a full year to finish them.  Each lesson takes about 10-15 minutes.

I think the target age range is 8-12 years old, though older or younger students could certainly use it according to their ability.  My 7 year old daughter often looked over her sister’s shoulder as she played the incentive games so it piqued her interest as well.

The Bottom Line

As a homeschool mom, I appreciate the fact that I can get progress reports on the site or even emailed to me.  Since I keep records for our homeschooling, this helps with documentation.  This feature, as well as the charts and emphasis on proper hand placement and incremental lessons, takes TypeKids above other online typing games.  It is real instruction in touch typing.

My daughter likes the sense of accomplishment as she progresses through the lessons, which is also different than typing games that don’t save progress.  Typing is one of those skills where practice makes perfect (or improved) so TypeKids gives her a good chance to get that practice.

If you’re looking for a touch typing course for kids, head over to TypeKids and check it out.  You can start a free trial today before committing to the year-long subscription so there is no risk.

 

Are you teaching your kids basic typing skills?

 

 

Disclaimer: I received free access to TypeKids for the purpose of review.  I was not required to give a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

 

Sara (41 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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The Best Black Friday – Cyber Monday Deals for Homeschoolers

 

I don’t know about you, but my budget can always use a helping hand.  That’s especially true around this time of year when I’m hoping to buy gifts for family and friends.  That’s why I’ve been scouring the internet and looking for some great deals on some of my favorite homeschool curriculum and supplies.  To make it easier for our readers shopping online this weekend, I thought I would list all the sales I’ve found so far to save you some time!  I divided them into categories: Books, Lapbooks/Unit Studies, Science, Art/Creativity, Printables, Bible, and Curriculum and Helps.

 

The Best Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals for #Homeschoolers @hsbapost

 

Books

Beginning on Black Friday and extending through the weekend to Cyber Monday, Usborne Books is having their annual Book Friday sale, with up to 60% off on books and activity packs.  They have something for everyone from birth through high school.  From the popular touchy-feely series of books for little ones to the Conspiracy 365 suspense series for middle school/high school, as well as books that will help you in your homeschool studies, Usborne Books has it all.

 

Book Friday Black Friday to Cyber Monday Usborne Books sale www.kidsloveusbornebooks.com

 

All ebooks at Homeschool Encouragement are on sale! Come see our list.

 Lapbooks + Unit Studies

Black Friday Lapbook SALE

Amanda Bennett Unit Studies

Amanda Bennett Unit Studies

Homeschool Curriculum and Helps

 

 

Basic Shapes for Beginners ebook

Get 30% off Basic Shapes for Beginners using the special coupon code: ChristmasSale30 at check out. This code is valid from December 1-8, 2014.

 

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Printables

 

Save on printables, unit studies, file folder games, workbox tags, and more for grades PreK through 4th at Little Learning Lovies.  50% off each item or 95% off to buy EVERY FILE on a USB! You can even make three monthly payments or use PayPal and get 6 months to pay.

 

 

E.H.M. Member’s Only Website 2014 Thanksgiving Sale

 

Use code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Art & Creativity

 

 

Exclusive Kiwi Crate Black Friday Sale! Starting today to 12/1, save 60% on your 1st month subscription to any Kiwi Crate Family Brands PLUS free shipping with code HOLIDAY60 at checkout.

This holiday season, give the gift of monthly hands-on projects designed to spark creativity and curiosity for the little ones in your life. Kiwi Crate was founded on the vision of inspiring kids’ creativity and its mission is to help equip the next generation of innovators with the tools for creative problem solving and exploration. Kiwi Crate offers high quality award-winning products across four brands for young makers ranging in age from 3 to 16+.

 

Online Fabric Patterning with Wax Resist Class

 

 

 Science

 

Cyber Monday Sale 2014 Groovy Lab in a Box

 

 

 

Bible

 What’s in the Bible? DVD series

Nest Animated Bible DVDs at NestLearning.com

 

 

Educational Fun

Toys & Games at NestLearning.com

 

I hope these sales help your budget, too!  Best of all, you can do all this shopping from the comfort of your own home!

 

 

 

Sara (41 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Four Resources to Help You Organize Your Blogging Life

Every blogger needs a little inspiration from time to time, as well as practical ideas for keeping their thoughts organized!

I’ve seen some great blogging organization and inspiration articles this month, and today I want to share some of my own favorite blogging organization resources.

Four resources for organizing your blogging life!

1) My Blog Plan by Hedua.

I love, LOVE this planner. It has everything I need to stay organized with my own post ideas, contributor and guest posts, deadlines, social media, blogging to-do’s, etc. Plus it’s super cute!

If you’d like more blog planner ideas, check out Renee’s post of top ten planners, or North Laurel’s list of favorite FREE blog planning resources.

2) Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer.

This is hands-down the BEST book I’ve ever read for work-at-home moms! Tricia is very real and honest, and in addition to fantastic work-at-home tips and realistic scheduling ideas, I felt like she was giving me permission to do something I love in addition to raising my children.

3) Pinterest.

I have an entire board dedicated solely to blogging and writing! Any articles I read that have excellent marketing ideas, writing inspiration, monetization tips, etc. get pinned onto this board so I can find them easily when I need to.

4) Facebook.

Even though I unfriended everyone on Facebook, having a Facebook account has been vital to my blogging organization. I’m a member of a few closed/secret groups for the sites I contribute to and it’s really nice to be able to simply log in so I can see updates and news from the site owners.

Bonus Item: A tidy house.

While this isn’t technically a physical blogging resource, I absolutely can not be as creative when I’m surrounded by a mess! Investing the time upfront to create a clean environment not only benefits my entire family, but it also allows me to be able to work guilt-free because I know my home was taken care of first.

I wrote a little bit more about how to organize your great ideas here, and I wrote about Pinterest organization here.

And if you’re struggling emotionally with finding a balance, then in addition to reading the book Balanced, make sure to read this short post about when your children just need you.

What’s your favorite blogging organization tool?

Davonne (11 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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