Knowing how to use the computer is a must these days. Just about everything we do to conduct business has some kind of connection with computers. Kids now know how to get on the computer and play their favorite games long before they even learn how to write their name. While being on the computer may be fun, at some point they are going to need to learn to type on it. My son keeps saying he wants to write the story of his life. He wants to use the computer to do this. This next review I will share with is one that will hopefully help him be able to write that book one day.
Over the past four weeks my son has been working on his typing skills. He has tried learning to type for the past few years but he was not mastering the concept of remembering where the keys where instead of always looking down at his hands. Keyboarding for the Christian School was sent to us for review. It is a 107 page e-book designed for students grades 6 and up. It sells for $15.95 and is written by Leanne Beitel. Her motto: “Filling Your Student’s Mind with God’s Word Using Typing Skills” is what makes this typing program so different from others. This is what she has to say about the reason for that: “Unlike other products, by typing Scripture in the the lessons, Christian Keyboarding instills Scripture in the hearts of students.” Now how many typing products are offering to do that? Click here to read the history behind the reason for creating this program.
In 43 lessons Keyboarding for the Christian School will help student’s in middle through high school learn touch typing. They will be learning to type things like the alphabet, numbers and symbols. They will also learn about centering, how to use the tab key, to type reports and a cover page, works cited, business letters, and more. Keyboarding for the Christian School can be used along with other software-based or online programs or as a refresher to further enhance your student's learning. Unlike most other programs that are great for graphical use this keyboarding program actually teaches word processing techniques. If you want to see some samples before you decide to buy it check out the freebies and curriculum help page.
This program is not like those online typing games/programs my son has been using. Just like I learned to type years ago when I was in school, this comes in the form of a book where my son has to look to the side (left or right) in order to see what he is to type. Just take a look at him hard at work (excuse my poor quality camera that doesn’t cooperate with the lighting)…
As you can see I had him use an old desktop computer we have instead of our laptop. I figured it was best to use this so he would learn proper placement of his hands and wrists better. I noticed that when using the laptop he just acts real lazy with his hand placement because he just rests them flat on it rather than curve up his fingers.
Here you can see that I have the e-book pulled up on our laptop and set it to the side so he can see what he needs to type. So far he is learning the keys. He wasn’t trying to type without looking at first, but I told him he has to work on remembering where the keys are without looking down. I said “you won’t be able to type your book if you’re constantly looking for the keys and this will cause you to take forever getting it written”. I told him to let his brain tell his fingers where the keys are at instead of his eyes so he can keep looking up at what he wrote. He’s getting much better at it. He has completed 20 lessons already. Let me also mention there is another e-book called “Keyboarding for the Christian School Elementary” that is geared for students in grades K-5th. If you want to get a head start on typing with the younger ones this one is just for them.
Now dear readers I have been given permission to share a discount code with you if you place an order between now and August 29th. You will get 20% off if you use the code: SUMMER2012. Hurry because this expires on August 29, 2012. Some of the crew members had a choice between the two books I mentioned in this review. Be sure to stop by the crew blog to see what their opinions were.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was not paid to write this but received Keyboarding for the Christian School e-book at no cost to me for review purposes, and to give my honest opinion.