This past week, I have had the opportunity to do some field work in local schools. Something that I have noticed is that technology is becoming a major part of the school environment. As parents, how much do we do at home in order to support that? With a growing use of computers for projects, I think that teaching our children at home how to type will help them when in school. That isn’t to say that we should ignore basic writing skills, as I think that is something that also needs to be done at home, but why not set your child up for success by teaching them to type at home?
I’m very excited to set up my five year old with some games this week, and see how he does with them. For anyone who wants to try out some games, Today’s Parent has an article that lists 10 fun typing games for kids. Games include Dance Mat typing, which focuses on the home row keys and Keyboard Climber 2 where children help a money cross rocks by recognizing letters. There are other games listed as well for varying ages and typing skills, but I’m going to focus on these two for my son.
Another great game that your children can play is Prodigy, which is a math quest game that students in grade 1 to 8 can play. The game is free for parents to sign up with, and it also tracks your progress so that you can see what questions your children get right or wrong. I tried this game with my son, who is in kindergarten, and he loved it. I’m working through the game with him since the math is a little more advanced then he is used to doing, but he still loves it.
I’ll keep you updated with how the typing goes!