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When I was in high school (I’m so dating myself), I learned to type on an old-fashioned typewriter. Fast forward, 30 years every kid has access to a computer or Ipad, and typing has become a necessary skill.
One of the most asked questions in homeschool forums is what are you using to teach your child to type.
So, here are the best resources I have found about teaching your child, how to use a computer. Tomorrow, the focus will be on free games to use online, for improving Typing Skills
- Burlington County Library-Online classes for kids on using the mouse, scrolling, clicking, using links. It’s a complete lesson that you can go over with your kids. A great introduction to the internet.
- Computer Literacy-This is a great resource to pin, as the kids get older. Teaching them how to gather information from library card catalogs.
- Intro to Computer Science-K to 8 free introductions to computer science and the start of coding, completely free. (after sign up)
- Discovery Education-All About Computers, great introduction and includes lesson plans.
- Technology Powerpoint Presentations-Great Powerpoints on almost every computer concepts, includes keyboarding, typing, parts of a computer and more.
- Dancemat Typing-This was the first typing software my kids used. It is very popular, in truth my kids were not getting anywhere, so I ended up changing to this software (which is not free, but it has unlimited users and my kids can actually type, it also has games, and a tracker of their progress)
- Goodtyping.com-Another free typing program, you just need to log in and track your progress.
- Jan’s Computer Literacy-Teaches a bunch of topics (it starts with basics, but goes all the way up to building websites)
- e-learning for kids-Free modules that feature typing, keyboarding and more. It is very engaging, it is sorted by grade.
- Peter’s Online Typing Course-Free online lessons and typing practice.
If none of these work for you or your child the best options,
This is the one that my own kids use. And they like doing it, you “win” a country by concentrating on a few keys. It keeps them wanting to do it, and it’s $17, for the family. Another great feature is that when it comes to portfolio time, I can print out a time log.
This is a very good program. Your child will flourish on this program. It is interesting and it teaches them proper typing skills. It’s all great for the under 10 crowd.