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keyboarding 3rd grader

Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 12:11 pm
by mamaholly
Hi all! I'm getting very excited about our plans for third grade which will start in July. We've done lifepacs for 1st and 2nd and we are going to shake things up this year!

I'm am planning to skip the whole cursive writing thing in favor of keyboarding. It seems like the better skill for learning to get thoughts out quickly. I'll probably devote enough time to cursive to make sure he can read it and sign his name and whatnot.... but definitely not the stress I suffered in 3rd grade with it. YUCK!

So is anyone else teaching typing to a 3rd grader. What do you recommend and how much time are you devoting to it?

Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 7:08 pm
by Minniewannabe
My seven year old did "Typing Instructor for Kids" and then did "Deluxe Typing Instructor". Both are great programs. The latter is definitely for adults. After doing both programs, she can type about 20 wpm without looking. Therefore, she can still write in cursive faster. But she chooses to type all the rough drafts that she knows will have to be corrected.

typing games

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:30 am
by Bob
There's this site you go there and you print out these stickers and stick them on your keyboard and then you play the browser games on the site. The games are designed for kids of different ages for the purpose of enhancing typing skills. It's all free of course. I have my kids play the games when they're bored and they want to play games and I see really good results.

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:52 am
by HappilyUprooted
We use and the kids do well with it! I have a 1st and 3rd grader!

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:54 pm
by Theodore
There are lots of fun typing games - shoot the zombies, shoot the space ships, make your car / horse run faster, etc. Unless your kids are going to grow up to be secretaries and need 80-100 wpm, I wouldn't worry -that- much about formal instruction. I tried Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and one or two other typing programs, and none of them really stuck, but years of repetition has enabled me to type with good accuracy at 50-60 wpm, which is sufficient for my needs. In the end, it's more about -what- you type than so much -how- you type it.

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:22 am
by sandranelson1968
There are lots of "courses" that aren't as good as the free materials. If anyone has found a great paid course, I'd be curious. The free typing games that we use are at: ... games.html

They also have a typing course which has a sequence, it's free: ... ourse.html

A slightly smaller set of free typing games can be found here:

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:37 pm
by Theodore
In the interests of full disclosure, you are also affiliated with the learning games for kids site. Not necessarily a bad thing, but you should say that up front - at least if you are going to use the same user name to post all over the Internet advertising them.

Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:51 pm
by JaneLovesHappy
my daughters use and love this free typing class

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:48 pm
by alarson566
So glad people are switching from cursive to typing. SUCH an important skill in todays world. Even years ago I never used the cursive I learned in school. The links mentioned above look great!