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Typing for Young Children: Dance Mat Typing

I firmly believe that typing is a necessary skill set that all children should achieve and think that it is never too early to start. Just how pre-writing and pre-drawing skills develop over time, typing should follow the same course. By second grade your students should begin to learn the correct placement of his hands on the keyboard.

I have used the  Dance Mat Typing Web site with my late first grade and second grade students for years. I understand that there are a lot of great typing programs out there-however,  I found this one to be very fun and exciting for the age group. It keeps them involved the entire time!

Grades: End of 1st grade- 2nd Grade

Class Time: Continuous

NETS:
6.Technology Operations and ConceptsStudents demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:a.understand and use technology systems.b.select and use applications effectively and productively.c.troubleshoot systems and applications.d.transfer current knowledge to lear…

Introduction to the Letters on the Keyboard

Younger children who have just learned their ABC's in order, may have a hard time understanding, let alone memorizing the QWERTY Keyboard. This lesson is a fun way to learn basic keyboarding skills while revisiting the letters of the alphabet. At this age, you only want them to be comfortable at the keyboard- they soon will be proficient typists!

For Grades: preschool-first grade

Class time: 1 Class


NETS Standards

"6.Technology Operations and ConceptsStudents demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations."
Materials:
Printable QWERTY Letters (PDF) KeyboardOptional: Electronic Whiteboard and Computer
Procedure:
Prep: Print out and place the letters in QWERTY order on the floor in your computer lab. If you have tight space, a hallway would suffice. I would also suggest laminating the QWERTY letters.
1. Discuss the Keyboard while students are sitting at their seats. Point out that the letters are NOT in alphabetical order. If you have a child keyb…