Dakota VS Learning to Type

Over the weekend I was curious to see what type of typing programs there was that was good to teach typing to kids. I asked on twitter and I got a response from @jenhsmomsp2 and she suggests Dance Mat Typing.

Dance Mat Typing is a free program. So I decided to check it out today with Dakota. I tried to explain and show Dakota how to position your hands on the home row but I think it went through his ears. We attempted the first lesson which was the home row. I really liked that it displayed exactly where the fingers should be giving him a visual. However that visual didn’t click as I tried to show him again and again. He kept trying to use one finger.

I figured since this is really the first time we have got into typing lessons I figured to get him use to where the keys were I would let him continue doing it the way he was doing it. After all he will get familiar with the letters. I am starting to wonder if he is going to be a quick two finger typer because it’s easier for him. I was told to try to get him to learn typing by his Occupational Therapist. It can help strengthen the fine motor muscles too.

Not sure how this is going to work out but they do say practice makes perfect.

The one thing I have to say is that he didn’t complain about it being boring so he must have liked using this. Time will tell and I will have more results later on as time goes by.

What typing programs do you kids use?

6 Responses to “Dakota VS Learning to Type”

  • 1
    Russ says:

    Good Luck with the typing. I learned to type back in 1964. I went to school. I now type with two fingers. I just can’t seem to grasp it.
    I wish him better luck than I had. Maybe I should try that program.

    admin Reply:

    Thanks Grampy! We shall see in time if he grasps the concept or not. Hopefully he will.

  • 2
    DiVaughn says:

    Dance Mat Typing was also recommended to us. I bought Typing Instructor for Kids at Target for $19.99 and my 9yo is also on his way to being the fasted two-finger typist in West Houston. The schools have used Type To Learn with him, with varying degrees of success…but I think now that he’s “beaten” the game I bought him, he’s more motivated. Good luck!

    admin Reply:

    I will have to check that out next I am at Target. LOL love the fastest two-finger typist in West Houston. Too Funny. At least he likes it though and is motivated. I think my son will get there we shall see. No complaints from him so that is a plus.

  • 3
    Frugal Vicki says:

    I don’t know if this would be a good fit for Dakota or not, but my son has really gotten the hang of the mouse and how to navigate around the computer with jumpstart.com. There are different levels of the game, my son stays in the youngest part and is doing great. There is even a part where they can make pictures.
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    admin Reply:

    My son loves jumpstart.com. We use it almsot daily. I forgot what his occupational therapist said now about the typing. We are just going to keep introducing it to him.

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