The Michigan Educational Standards for Technology (known as the METS) include requirements for all students leaving grade 5 to have an understanding of the home row keys and "touch typing". Because of this, I like to start typing practice while students are still in 3rd grade. It's a good age because most students' hands and fingers are finally large enough to cover the width of the keyboard, and they'll be typing up a lot more papers while here at the Later Elementary. Plus, it's really fun for the kids to be able to say they can type without looking down.
In addition to the links below, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders use other resources to help them during typing practice. Speedskins, Touch-Key Guides, and Typing Instructor for Kids are the main tools for encouraging good typing habits while at school, but the BEST tool is regular practice at home or the library using all of the fingers in the home row. And remember, it's OK to peek!
Intro to the Keyboard for Young Fingers
Beginning Typing Links
Intermediate Typing Links
Last Modified on 3/4/2013 12:46:19 PM