People may debate whether cursive writing is necessary or not in today’s world, but most won’t deny that typing is an excellent skill to have for communicating in the age of technology.
Since my daughters love to write, typing is something that will also help them with their future careers and hobbies. I recognize the advantage of learning to type at an early age, too. The sooner they start, the more natural it is to them. Touch typing skills can help them build confidence in writing, spelling, and other language arts as well.
If you want to teach your kids the handy life skill of typing, you’ll want to take a look at the free typing games at KidzType.
Homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive. I know firsthand the constraints of a tight family budget, so I like to find and share free and frugal homeschool resources like KidzType whenever possible.
Free Typing Games for Kids
It doesn’t usually take much encouragement for kids to be excited about playing computer games. KidzType capitalizes on that by making typing games that are fun so kids don’t even realize that they’re learning to type. My daughters (9 and 11) were glad to try out the typing games as soon as I showed them the website.
There are sixteen different typing games to choose from, with choices that will appeal to girls or boys. My girls liked the Gliders Cats, Typing Balloon, and Dance Mat games the best.
Different aspects of typing skills are practiced with these games. Not only do kids become familiar with the home row keys, but also symbols, space, enter, proper finger placement and posture, accuracy, and speed.
When I learned how to type in the seventh grade, it was by boring, repetitive practice. KidzType takes the “boring” out of the equation.
Benefits of KidzType Free Typing Games
- Kids can learn a valuable skill in a fun way.
- It’s free so it fits into any homeschool budget.
- It teaches the proper way to type in an easy-to-learn way.
- It can count toward technology credit in your homeschool planning.
- It can help build confidence in grammatical/spelling/writing skills.
- It allows kids to have some online time that’s safe and productive.
- Game-ifying learning is a great way to help those lessons stick with them.
- It’s online, so no need to purchase or keep track of software.
- It can provide an independent learning activity when you need one.
- There are no passwords to remember or subscriptions to renew. Just visit the site and play.
My oldest daughter (16) commented that she wished she’d had this website when she learned how to type. She is an excellent typist now, but she looked over her sisters’ shoulders as they played. They think it’s cool to learn to type like Big Sis.
Kids get instant feedback as they play so they have a chance to make corrections as they go along. They can also challenge themselves by doing timed games and practices. The competition is an incentive for my daughters to take turns trying to get faster and more accurate each time.
Kids can practice specific typing skills if they struggle with any until they have mastered them.
Because the site is free, there are ads. They aren’t terribly intrusive and in many cases, the screen can be adjusted so they’re hidden. Just something to keep in mind. There are also two games that include zombies and vampires, which my daughters avoided.
I definitely recommend including the skill of touch typing at some point in your homeschool. Using the free typing games at KidzType makes it easy to do and fun for the kids to learn. Check them out today!
You can also follow KidzType on their Facebook page.
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