Keyboarding Practice

Use the following resources to help with Keyboarding Practice:

Dear Parents,

Take time to practice typing.  If you remember learning to type, you'll remember that it requires a lot of repeated practice.  15 - 20 minutes of practice, 3 - 4 times each week during the Summer, would give your child a huge advantage.  The teachers at Valley have many assignments and activities that involve keyboarding skills and many tests require typing.   Use the online resources found below.  My favorite program is Typing Club.  You can create your own account and track your child's progress and speed.  This is a great way to help your child set goals.  You can help your child in several ways this Summer.

  • Make sure you watch as they engage in any typing/keyboarding activity.  Until your kids develop strong keyboarding skills, it is easy for them to learn bad habits including watching their fingers, holding their arms stiffly, or hunting and pecking with one or two fingers as opposed to using all fingers and home row.

  • Don't jump ahead too quickly.  Make sure your child's skills are solid before moving on to more difficult letters or practice sessions.  We would much rather have an accurate, slow typist, than a student who can type quickly, but we can't decipher what they've typed.

  • Give feedback.  Kids will only know they shouldn't slouch if you remind them.  During each session talk about what went well, and what they need to improve on.  Celebrate successes then suggest one goal per session. Too many goals can be frustrating.

  • Keep it to no more than 15 - 20 minutes each day.  It's tempting to sit your child down and have them practice for hours, especially if they enjoy it.  But, overuse of these muscles and tendons can result in injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome later in life.  Developing these muscles gradually over time will help with this.

  • Make it light and fun.  Your child may initially enjoy this activity and then find it boring.  Liven things up by keeping it short, making small reachable goals, and then having something fun or a reward to follow each session.  You could use a sticker chart to show successful days and then have a family treat (activity, outing, special meal) after a set amount of successful practice days.

  • Practice all Summer.  Make it an expectation even if your child finds it monotonous and doesn't enjoy the task.   Try to be patient and realize that even though it may be a chore, you are helping your child develop a life skill that will help them succeed not only in school, but later on in the work force.  

  • Use the attached record sheet.  Record your progress this Summer.  Turn your sheets into the library in August and receive prizes for all your hard work!

  • Contact me with questions! - .