We all have things that we put to the side and say we will come back to later. Well teaching my kids keyboarding skills had been one of those things, but not anymore.
We started using typing games to help the kids learn to touch type – the best part is that its free. OK – well maybe not the best part, but its definitely a bonus. Let me just say that learning to type has come a long way since sitting in front of a keyboard and repeatedly typing the home row of keys over and OVER.
A few things I need to put out there for you. Spelling and grammar have been ongoing issues with my kids which is one of the reasons I’ve been so reluctant to even attempt keyboarding or typing. The next thing you need to know is that I was compensated for my time to review this product, but it didn’t impact my opinions at all.
What is this about free typing games?
First, why is teaching our kids to be proficient touch typists a big deal? Time. When people can touch type it increases the rate of their typing while also decreasing their errors. The days of NOT using a computer are over and typing is something almost everyone does for a living. If we can accomplish that goal without it being one more thing for mom or dad to nag about then it is a win-win.
Have you seen KidzType?
This is just a small selection of what they have to offer. This is Typing Pilot in action:
So this gives you some idea fo what KidzType looks like, but what is it?
KidzType is an online typing site that has many some excellent features to teach typing, like:
- Typing Lessons – these lessons teach the hand positions and letters training the student’s hands to float across the keyboard.
- Typing Exercises and Practices – The exercises teach the lesson again and the practice sessions provide more help on specific rows and letters.
- Dance Mat Typing – KidzType uses fun graphics and sounds to teach the lessons.
- Typing Games – These fun games use the skills from the lessons to pop rockets, race airplanes flown by cats and even shoot vampires!
You can also check where your kid is starting and monitor their progress through the sister site, Type Dojo. Type Dojo has free typing tests.
My son immediately talked about how it was fun, but his hands were sore. Since he hates writing or keyboarding due to poor fine motor skills I was thrilled. Then he asked to play over and over and I was sold.
Don’t take my word for it, try it with your kids for absolutely free.