Fun and FREE Typing Game For Kids!
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Whether you love it or hate it, technology has an important place in our world and is here to stay. Everything in moderation is critical, but as we are teaching our children life skills, typing will come into play. Touchscreens are not a replacement for navigating a keyboard. So let’s learn in a fun and FREE way!
As a homeschool family, many of us are on one income. This means we need to budget and choose our resources carefully. Kidztype is a FREE program that everyone can use.
Kidztype is an awesome website that teaches kids to type on a keyboard in a fun and engaging way! The Dance Mat typing lessons are broken down by levels and available to return to for ongoing practice and review. Children are are receiving a letter review as well as using hand-eye coordination and memory skills to improve on their abilities.
On the Typing Games tab, you will find many themed-games as well as spelling games!
Through Typing Lessons on the navigation bar, kids can follow along to learn the various rows on a keyboard as well as numbers and symbols. They implement the space bar and return key for seamless typing improvement. The lessons are timed and calculate their words per minute in real time!
I also came across TypeDojo which promotes speed and accuracy. You or your child can take the typing tests for free and work on their computer skills! It’s important to improve speed and and accuracy so that we are not wasting time or making mistakes when using computer programs.
TypeDojo gives you the option of a 1 minute, 3 minute, or 5 minute typing test. You can choose from a grade level (ability) and a myriad of activity themes. Some of the categories are: Dolch & Fry words, sight words, nouns, verbs, numbers, and core subjects like math, geography, history and science. Each of these activities is improving reading, fluency, and vocabulary skills within the typing test. Often, children may ‘know’ many words and even use them in their daily conversation. But, when they see them spelled out, they look foreign. These typing activities reinforce visual words and recognition as well as building kids’ mastery of words.
I took the 2-letter words typing test at a 1st grade level to test it out before I introduced it to my son and I ended up with some insightful statistics!
Instead of only receiving my speed and accuracy, the program calculated my keystrokes (both correct and incorrect) as well as error rate and gross words per minute before accuracy adjustment. This is so helpful and much more detailed than any other typing site I’ve visited as an adult. We don’t just want to know our speed and accuracy, we want to know our mistakes as well so we can assess ourselves and how to improve.
If you have any other questions about teaching yourself to touch type, just click the image below to watch a helpful tutorial on the subject!
If you’ve been looking for an affordable resource like this, look no further! My son asks to play constantly. He loves the games and has so much fun! I saw improvement on his very first day after only 15 minutes of practice. He is learning to control his fingers, dexterity, memory and agility! This website is truly a wonderful tool. As a mother, I also benefit from using this resource. It has been 6 years since I worked for a records company and handled data management and data entry so I need the practice! Go give it a try and let me know in the comments what you think!