Why learn to touch type?
With practice, the hunt and peck approach to typing may look fast, but it’s more likely to lead to a high percentage of mistakes. At the same time, it’s also getting in the way of the thought process your students want to set down on the screen. If you’re thinking about where the “K” key is, you’re thinking less about what it is you’re actually saying.
Other benefits of touch typing include:
Speed & Efficiency: Your average touch typist is twice as fast as your average hunter and pecker.
Spelling: Learning the physical letter patterns on the keyboard can actually improve your spelling.
Posture: If you aren’t constantly peering over the keyboard to see where the keys are, you’re going to sit straighter.
What’s the best age for my child to start FunTyper?
The younger the better, as no bad habits have formed. That said, it’s best that you make sure your child’s hands are big enough to use the keyboard comfortably. If their index finger is on the “J” key, their little finger should be able to press the “Enter” key. This is something they’ll usually be able manage by five or six years old.
Why use FunTyper?
FunTyper takes advantage of children’s imaginations and their competitive natures, engaging them with typing challenges that make touch typing feel more like a game than a chore.
How often should they log on?
We recommend around an hour a week, spread throughout the week. You’re aiming to build your child’s muscle memory, so three to five short sessions a week will be more effective than one long session.
When will we start seeing results?
Every child is different, but if your child doesn’t have any special education requirements, such as those brought on my dyslexia or dyspraxia, you ought to see marked improvements within the first 12 weeks. The first 14 levels will focus on covered the whole keyboard. After that, your child will learn capital letters and symbols.
If there is anything else you want to ask us, please get in touch through our contact page and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.
What is Muscle Memory? (i)
Muscle Memory is an unconscious process that is formed through the repetition of a given suite of Motor Skills (Gross and Fine) and brain activity. Once instilled, through repetition, these processes become automatic and instinctive
What are Motor Skills? (i)
Gross Motor Skills are those actions that require large body parts and movements; they are used in mouse control and body posture, so vital to successful keyboarding. Fine Motor Skills are the very minute and small skills that we perform with our hands; using a pen or pencil to write, touch typing or playing video games. These are the areas that FunTyper is so successful at improving