We have turned off our home internet in an effort to improve our lifestyle. This has left us without the use of online typing courses. My daughter, age 11, is familiar with the basics and fairly capable with a keyboard. In order to keep up her skill I purchased a ten dollar word processor with a full size keyboard (the Neo2 from Meridian Sales on EBay if you’re interested). Do any of you use typing as a bonus copywork session? Why or why not? How does doing so look in your home?AmandaParticipant
Have you looked at The Good and The Beautiful typing courses? They are book based and do not need the internet, just a basic keyboard and word processor. They might fit your needs.
Thank you, this is such a great suggestion! I didn’t know it was an option. If I didn’t get any advise here I was going to start hunting for vintage typing textbooks. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.
Still looking for direction. The above info was great to have and I hope it’s useful to others, but after looking at the curriculum my daughter has already surpassed the first two levels and the third level is not out yet. I’m going to try searching the forums too. Perhaps someone has recommended a vintage typing book in the past.sarah2106Participant
If she has basic keyboarding skills, using the correct fingers on keys, I would just move into typing narrations, not really add a subject, just start using typing more. That is what we did. So my 7th grader does some written narration as well as typed narrations. My younger two are still mastering keyboarding so still in practice mode.
Or you could have her type poetry and then illustrate it or decorate it, combine typing and art.
I really think typing just needs practice to improve, so maybe even ask what she is interested in doing. Once skills are there I don’t think I would do typing as copy work, typing just to type, just work it into subjects that are already being used to keep up the practice.
Thank you, Sarah. I had been having her type poems she liked- but it really was typing just to type, as you say. I wonder if I started her with typing too young. Her brother learned to type around her age, then didn’t *really* need it for a while. When he started using it on his own again for dual enrollment classes he seemed to forget a lot of what he knew and came up with his own way that doesn’t look comfortable or efficient. I didn’t learn to type until I was looking for curricula for him, and now I type with ease and speed- so I guess it’s better to learn when you need it, even if that’s later in life. I was afraid of her getting sloppy if she didn’t use her skills. She might enjoy, like you suggest, typing her narrations- and her responses might get more thoughtful. It wasn’t until I started typing her narrations as she said them that she started to choose her words more carefully. She also loves to write letters to her friends and cousins- maybe she’ll be interested in typing some of them. Thank you for chiming in!sarah2106Participant
I think typing letters is a fantastic idea! Email started when I was in highschool and I had a friend across the country, typing her emails is what really improved my typing skills. It made it fun too.
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