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Way back in my high school days, I remember some friends taking typing class as an elective. I didn’t have the time to fit it into my schedule, so I pretty much self-taught myself the QWERTY keyboard. Having my biology professor during freshmen year require us to type up weekly question responses helped to cement it into my neural processing. However, this is one skill set that I have been negligent in teaching my boys. Christian Keyboarding seeks to provide the opportunity to learn essential keyboarding skills.
About Christian Keyboarding
There are two levels available: an elementary version for grades K through 5 and the regular course for grades 6 and up.
The program combines the fundamentals of touch-typing as well as MLA and APA report formatting in the upper grades.
It becomes a Christian program by using passages of Scripture for typing material.
Something that is unique to this curriculum is that you PRINT the pages and place them to the side of the monitor. Other typing programs we’ve tried have everything ON the screen and are often animated to make it more ‘fun.’
Using Christian Keyboarding in Our Home
To test this curriculum, we printed out each lesson and placed it to the side of the monitor. You could attempt to keep 2 windows open (the pdf file with the lesson and your word processing program) and save on printing expenses. However, when typing up reports the student is more likely to be referring to a rough draft on paper. So, printing and then proceeding helps to build the skill of transferring the information. P actually skipped using the word processor and just did his lessons in an email sent to my account for review.
Each lesson introduced just a few keys at a time with ample practice provided. This kept the boys from being overwhelmed with too much new information. Also, not having the distractions of a colorful typing game with everything being timed was a welcomed change. If there is one thing the boys find irritating is being forced to complete a new skill in a short, timed format. However, as the course progresses an emphasis on speed is introduced.
As always, you can read what other TOS Crewmates are saying about Christian Keyboarding on the TOS Homeschool Crew website. Our family was provided both levels of the keyboarding program in ebook format for the purpose of doing this review. No other compensation was given to me and the views here are my own.