Typing lessons aim for three things, speed, discipline and accuracy. Kids naturally have the speed, but discipline and accuracy are not something that they like very much. For kids, typing lessons which aim for these criteria might not be at the top of their favorite list. So how do parents choose one that would be enjoyable to the kids, and at the same time is able to meet the objective that the parents want?
Firstly is the ‘try and error’ step. It is amazing how many typing lessons are available for kids online. There is no harm for the parents to try it first. It should be enjoyable for kids to do it. At the same time, it should be able to make your kids type in the right way, like for example if it provides hand placement training at the beginner level. Parents can also choose which lessons would suit their kids best in helping them to type faster. Who better knows the kids than the parents themselves? Since the parents have tried it themselves, they should know if it will be both enjoyable and beneficial for their kids too.
Secondly, do it with your kids. Typing lessons for kids are usually game orientated. At a certain point of time, when it gets tough, kids tend to forget the typing techniques and continue seeing it as a game. When parents do it with them, it allows the kids to focus on the game, and still playing it with the correct typing techniques. Furthermore, since it is an internet based, kids would need guidance in person to help them should they face any trouble. Having typing lessons with the kids will not only help them in learning how to type properly, but it also helps the parents in brushing up their parenting skills in disciplining their children. Discipline does not have to be associated with rigid rules and dull typing lessons. It can still be a game for the kids, with a few rules added.
Lastly, make it a family activity. Some typing lessons for kids come in multiple player form, so you can actually do it with your kids together. Those lessons are mainly games, and playing games together can be a very entertaining activity. Kids will always want to win. Since they already have the speed and discipline, all they need is the accuracy to beat the opponent. Any kids would love to beat their parents, especially at typing lessons. Maybe the parents can improve their skills too! Since children have the tendency to lose their interest after a short while, doing it together will also make sure that the kids will keep their interest in their typing lessons, since it is something that they can do with someone else. Playing together is always more fun than playing alone.
Typing lessons for kids should be fun for the kids. That is why almost all of them come with bright colors, music and animation, to capture the kids’ interest towards it. However, it is up to the parents to ensure that the purpose of typing lessons for kids is being fulfilled. If parent’s active participation can ensure that their kids can type in a proper, accurate and fast, it would not hurt if parents can spend at least 15 minutes a day with their kids for their lessons.
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