I would like my daughter to begin typing lessons. She is in “6th grade”, and she still uses the hunt and poke technique when typing anything. I am looking for recommendations. I have seen several people recommend Mavis Beacon. I looked this up and there are so many options. I don’t mind paying for it because my younger daughter will use it as well. I have all Mac products. We have an iMac, a MacBook Pro, and my daughter as a MacBook Air. What should I be looking for?
Also, are there other recommendations than Mavis Beacon? I need something that’s not too “fun”. I don’t want her to sit around playing games and not actually learning to type. Thank you in advance!
We use typingclub.com. It’s free and I’m not sure how “fun” it is. I think there are a few games perhaps, but it’s mostly just the typing lessons.
I’ve heard good things about The Good & The Beautiful’s typing course.
My kids liked BBC Dance Mat typing. It is free and online. Once they learned the basics of hand position and letter placement they moved into just typing on their own.
I got them each a Neo2 Electronic Typewriter (found on ebay) and they type stories, written narrations, things just for fun… The Neo2 works great and the battery life is really long. It is also nice that it is portable and compact with out distractions of a full computer. It can save multiple files and prints on our printer with the push of a single button. It can also connect to our laptop to download their documents to do more involved editing, footnotes and such, in Word or similar program.
All four of my kids learned to type using Typing Instructor for Kids. It’s twaddle-ish and cartoonish, but it was enjoyable for them, it is inexpensive, and it was effective. Because it was enjoyable, there was never any difficulty getting them to practice.
That was the best $20 I spent homeschooling. 😉
Thank you all for the great recommendations. I have several things to research this evening!
We are using The Good and The Beautiful typing courses and I’m very happy with them. Very straight forward and not filled with twaddle. My daughter has really enjoyed the program and she is 13. She is moving at a pretty fast pace I think due to her age, but she just doubles up on the lessons and doing very well at learning to type.
I have decided to give The Good and The Beautiful Typing lessons a try. I ordered the level one “hard copy” book today. It’s too much color to pay for printing and binding at home. Thank you for all of the great recommendations.
Free, easy, and works. 🙂
We love The Good and the Beautiful typing. We always order the digital download and then print it out ourselves. We have several kids using it right now and they are all enjoying it. Simple and beautifully done!