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    Keyboarding recommendations needed

    Since my son will be participating in the MP Online Academy, I'd like to start getting him prepared over the summer with a "learn to type" program of some sort.

    Any recommendations? This is something I've never looked at before, so I'm clueless as to what is out there. He is middle school age, and currently hunts and pecks.
    Last edited by Lemonade; 04-19-2015, 07:23 PM.

    #2
    My 2nd and 4th graders used Keyboarding without Tears this past school year. They have really enjoyed it and I think it's been effective. It's very age-appropriate and interesting. It has lots of different activities. We plan to continue it next year.
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      #3
      Years ago my middle school aged children used Mavis Beacon. It was a neat program. Don't even know if it is still around though!

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      Michelle T

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        #4
        The Keyboarding Without Tears advertises it is K-5, so that wouldn't be best for a rising 7th grader. I looked at Mavis, but couldn't get a sense of how it works. There are so many Mavis Beacon products on Amazon that it confused me.

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          #5
          Mavis Beacon was what I used to learn how to type (and afterwards it just required discipline to continue typing properly whenever I was using a computer). They have released several versions since I used it, but from the reviews it sounds like it really hasn't changed--they just continue to update it for the new operating systems. I would consider the newest one to avoid possible compatibility conflicts: http://www.amazon.com/Beacon-Teaches-Typing-Deluxe-Download/dp/B00Q58W108/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1429619208&sr=8-3&keywords=mavis+beacon

          As I was googling around on this issue, I found this cool free online typing course: http://www.typingclub.com/ Honestly, as long as it holds your child's attention, any program will work fine. After all, can you go wrong with something that is free? The main thing is that they learn where the keys are then they use them consistently whether they are practicing with a program or not.

          Hopefully that gives you some things to think about,
          Paul
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            #6
            You could also try the library...they usually have options for all ages. We had a fun one we used when my oldest was younger. It was some sort of adventure themed game, but she got the gist of typing!

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              #7
              I found a discount for Type2Learn on Homechool Buyer's Coop, so I gave it a try. A rising 7th grader might find it too childish, because you have to finish assignments sort of like spy missions, but I make her and the 9 year old do it anyway. My 7 year old really likes it, much more so than keyboarding without tears.
              Michelle
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                Re: Keyboarding recommendations needed

                Piggybacking on this old thread, since Courtney and Tanya brought it up.

                How much keyboarding/typing is required in the MPOA? I have Rachel signed up for the FFL review class in July. Trying to figure out how much time I should dedicate to teaching her typing. (coming from a momma who never learned typing, but just taught myself along the way)
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                  Re: Keyboarding recommendations needed

                  Originally posted by Lemonade View Post
                  Since my son will be participating in the MP Online Academy, I'd like to start getting him prepared over the summer with a "learn to type" program of some sort.

                  Any recommendations? This is something I've never looked at before, so I'm clueless as to what is out there. He is middle school age, and currently hunts and pecks.
                  Thank you for the question! There isn't a whole lot of typing in the class, other than endings, vocab words, and some translations. We typically recommend typing games that you can find online. I have heard of Mavis but have never used it. We try to use mics as well in the class, and typically in these classes the typing is minimal. The one resource I have heard about from parents (more than once) in the Online Academy is this book, which seems straightforward and without a ton of fluff or cost. It might be worth a try.

                  Thank you!

                  Scott Piland
                  Director
                  Memoria Press Online Academy

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