Typing isn’t a subject that I had originally planned to include in our homeschool curricula but both girls have expressed interest in learning to “type fast like mom”. I personally learned to type on an electric typewriter in school so I didn’t have any knowledge of virtual or computer based typing programs for homeschool but I know how important touch typing is in today’s world and how valuable this skill can be. but both girls have
With a little research, I’ve located several typing programs for homeschool that are designed to teach children touch typing and help improve speed and accuracy. Here are some that I think are worth checking into if you are looking for a typing program for homeschool.
Type Kids offers a free trial of their first 3 lessons for free with no credit card required. The program is laid out as a pirate themed adventure and prompts kids to earn coins by completing lessons that they can later use to play typing games. There are also badges that can be earned by hitting specific milestones in the course. The instructional videos are very easy to follow and provide lots of great tips and instruction. You have a progress report available to view progress and areas that need improvement. The program also uses an algorithm that adjusts the program to focus on areas that need more practice. This program is a bit on the pricier side at $99 for the full course per user. There is a sibling discount offered if you need more than one license.
Typesy is the first program we came across when Amelia expressed internet in learning to touch type. Typesy features over 2500 lessons in subjects like science, math, social studies and more – so the kids aren’t just typing meaningless sentences. You can even download grade appropriate spelling lists or upload your own spelling words for extra practice. Typesy offers a parent dashboard so you can view progress and spot trouble areas quickly. Progress is monitored and lessons are adapted based on the kid’s needs. There are lots of games and awards to be achieved, keeping it exciting.
The platform is on a subscription basis and is ad free so no distractions or accidental clicks. You can log-in from any web browser and the kid’s progress is synced and it’s accessible on desktop or laptop computers, ipads and other tablets. You can even download the desktop app so your kids can log-in directly without having to access a web browser.
They even offer a full refund plus $50 guarantee that the program does everything they state. The price is on the higher side at $67 for 4 student accounts or $97 for 10 student accounts but this includes 5 years of unlimited access – which is why we chose and currently use this program!
Dance Mat Typing was highly recommended by other homeschool families. It offers 12 stages of typing lessons with fun animations and characters. Each level provides a progress bar at the bottom so you can see how far you’ve come in that level. The characters are all from different geographical backgrounds and provide vocabulary words, music and facts about their origins.
The lessons are free and there is even a few fun games on the same wesbite. However, this program does include ads and there isn’t a way to save your progress.
Typingclub.com has one of the most user friendly platforms of the programs I looked into. You can access the lessons without a log-in or create a free log-in to save progress and see a plethora of stats and reports. You can earn badges that are displayed in your account plus access several different lesson plans that focus on different skills or are geared to different age groups. There are even lesson plans in multiple languages.
The videos are fun and colorful to hold the kid’s attention plus very straightforward in instruction. You can upgrade your membership to premium for roughly $9 per month to access more games, no ads, more detailed reporting, and more customization options.
Typing.com offers a robust touch typing program for free that includes the option to create a log-in to save progress. Lessons are broken down in Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced modules and offer a printable completion certificate for each unit. There is a section of typing practice exercises as well as typing tests.
Achievements are recorded in multiple categories, giving kids plenty of goals to work toward such as accuracy, speed, time spent, and games played. There’s even a dashboard in your account that keeps a running record of your WPM, accuracy and time spent typing.
Typing.com offers their services for free with the inclusion of ads on their site. For $7.99 you can get lifetime access to the site without ads. This may be a deal maker for those wanting a low cost typing program without the distraction of ads.
Typingtest.com offers several typing games and tests as well as a program called Typing Trainer. Typing Trainer walks you through the lessons with screens that explain how to place your fingers, typing tips and more. There are some interactive slides and short exercises as well. You can create a free account to save your progress through the 30 lessons offered. This program is not quite as engaging and eye-catching as others and I don’t believe it would hold my girls’ attention very long.
There are ads in the lessons and on the site that you can pay to remove, depending on how long you want to use the program.
Among thousands of other lessons, worksheets, printables, games and activities, Education.com offers guided typing lessons in addition to their free typing games. These guided lessons are only available to Premium Users for $15.99 per month or $119.88 for a yearly subscription.
In addition to the guided typing lessons, premium users receive access to thousands of other lessons and activities as well as a dashboard for tracking progress. Although priced on the high end for typing lessons, this membership may benefit you if you take advantage of the dozens of other resources available.
Keyboarding Without Tears is a program broken into K-5+ grade level segments and includes 36 week lesson plans for easy homeschool scheduling. The lessons are colorful and very easy to use. The format is similar to that of Handwriting Without Tears by the same publisher, so if you use that curriculum currently this might be an easy transition for keyboarding lessons.
Stand Alone Typing Games
If you aren’t looking for a full typing curriculum or set of lessons but just need some typing games or short exercises for extra practice, check out some of these websites: