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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Review: Keyboarding for the Christian School (Elementary Version)

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Do you ever watch your kiddos hunting and pecking over the keys and wonder if that typing program with all the bells and whistles is really doing any good? Maybe something simpler would be better? Ever thought it might be worth it to look into something like the typing manual you used in your high school typing class, where you spent your time typing lines like lklklk lkl lkl klk klk? There weren’t any engaging graphics and it might have seemed tedious at the time, but you learned to type, didn’t you? Wouldn’t it be neat if you could find a simple typing curriculum that had the added bonus of giving the kiddos Bible passages to type instead of inanities like A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog?

I invite you the check out Keyboarding for the Christian School (Elementary Version) by Leanne Beitel. The book is divided into 32 lessons and, in addition to teaching all the “typing” keys, it also teaches the number pad (a skill that seems to be missing from most typing programs for kids). In the back of the book you will find “timed writings” with line word counts(for testing typing speed and accuracy) and a rubric for grading based on speed and number of errors.

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received a free copy of Keyboarding for the Christian School (Elementary Version) in pdf format in exchange for an honest review of the product. I received no other compensation.

christian keyboarding The curriculum begins with a color layout of the keyboard. I chose to print a copy of this page to prop up on our desk (to encourage our 9-year-old to look at it instead of the keyboard and his fingers). I opened the pdf and sized the window to fit in the top half of the monitor. Then I opened our word processor in another window and shrunk it to fit in the bottom half of the screen, so both windows could be seen simultaneously. I asked David if he would prefer to have the book printed, but he seemed to prefer it this way.

Lessons are very short, only a few lines each. You can do a little each day or do several lessons at a time. In addition to the regular letter drills, lines are taken from the Bible (New International Version). Psalms are used for the timed writings. While this program will certainly teach your child to type, there is not a tremendous amount of practice here. It would be good to use this as a teaching tool and encourage your child to do as much real typing as possible once they’ve got the basics down (there’s nothing better for practicing typing than the real thing).

What I like: This is a self-directed program (as long as your child can read well). It teaches proper posture and hand-placement. It includes materials for testing speed and accuracy. And there are no cute graphics to distract your child from the work at hand. My son likes that the lessons are short and he’s not asked to type mindless drivel over and over again.

Keyboarding for the Christian School (Elementary Version) is available to download for $12.95. You might also be interested in Keyboarding for the Christian School (for grades 6 and up), available for $15.95. Have children in both age groups? Use coupon code NewYear5 and get $5 off! Or buy both products for the special price of $22!

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1 comment:

  1. I like your review - it is thorough and I also like the program too. I will have to learn how to do all these fancy pics on my blog too.

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