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When my Little Man was my little boy we were constantly surprised at how talented he was in so many areas. When he was 2 1/2 he became fascinated with the keyboard on the computer. He would go to it and pick out the ABC’s and we would just sit and watch in fascination.
Before long I had this aha moment and turned the computer on, opened Microsoft Word and let him begin typing the ABC’s. Then one day I saw him grab a board book go to the computer and proceed to type the Winnie the Pooh book “5 Little Honey Pot’s” one letter at a time. To say I was stunned would be an understatement. It wasn’t long before he started changing fonts, colors and copying anything he could get his hands on. It was copy work at it’s finest.
We knew pretty early on that he exhibited signs of advanced learning abilities and began seeking to offer him a wide variety of educational opportunities even at very young ages. That did not mean, however, that his tiny little hands were ready to learn how to use a keyboard properly.
Now that he is older I’ve decided it is time for him to learn the proper way to type. Keyboard Classroom is a unique program in that it comes with a set of finger guides. These guides are placed on a standard size computer keyboard using Velcro adhesive tabs.
Having the guides allows the students to learn proper placement of their fingers. Once they place the guide between their middle and ring fingers it is simple for them to familiarize the feel for moving each finger along the keyboard in the proper way. Through repetition the child builds proficiency through muscle memory.
The software is designed to encourage students to become more proficient by giving them promotions along the way. They start out as a cadet and work their way up to general. Along the way they are rewarded with tokens which when earned allow them to play games.
Once Little Man began to see how the finger guides are there to aid rather than to hinder, he began to move quickly. I did have to remind him several times that accuracy is better than speed, but after a bit he got the hang of it and progressed pretty quickly.
I recorded a short video so you can see how it works.
Update: Keyboard Classroom Has New Pricing for Homeschoolers.
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