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Keyboarding for the Christian School: a Review


When I was in school, "back in the day", no one took typing until at least junior high and the only other option for those types of classes was office machines, definitely not keyboarding.  Now children are introduced to a keyboard nearly from the day they are born because of their parents cell phones.  Knowing how to properly use a keyboard has become essential to so many things that we do throughout every single day.  

My children know their way around computers fairly well, even though we do limit their time on them.  Learning how to properly type is very important for many of the things they need to do.  That is why I was very interested in checking out Keyboarding for the Christian School.  

We received the Elementary Version ebook especially for grades K-5.  This is a very straightforward approach, very similar to the lessons that taught me how to type.  This course begins with some basic tips for  body posture when typing and then moves right into the alphabetic keys starting with the first fingers, of course.  The first 20 lessons deal with the alphabet, next come numbers, symbols, number pad, then it moves into centering, enumerated lists, and finally timed writings.  

These lessons are all very short so as not to overwhelm the young student.  They also draw on each other so there is a bit of review happening in nearly every lesson.  Another great aspect of this program is that it incorporates the Bible throughout the lessons.  So as your student is learning how to use the keyboard he or she is also learning God's Word.  

My 9-year-old daughter has been using this and is loving it.  She actually comes to me during the day and asks to do her lesson!  She thinks they are fun and she is very much enjoying learning to type in the right way.  

This program is available as an ebook for $12.95 or in a hard copy for $45.  If you are looking for a simple way to introduce your children to the keyboard, this would be a great way to go.  They also offer a keyboarding program for grades 6 and up.  Just head over to their website and check them out!  Their program recently won the 2012 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year award and is definitely worth a look from you.  

Disclaimer:  I received an ebook from Keyboarding for the Christian School through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.  

See what other homeschool parents have to say about this program over at the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog.



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