In a homeschool book I read once the author asked her Facebook friends what practical life experiences people felt like they learned from traditional school. Do you know what the majority of the responses were?
That kind of makes me laugh out loud cause, they know you don’t have to go to school to learn to type, right? It’s kind of sad that that was the only practical skill most people could think of.
Raeca is big into writing stories, the other day she started a new one and said “I think reading a lot has made me better at writing stories.” #readingwin
She likes to type her stories out so she can go back and change and add things in easily so one of the skills I want to work on with her is typing, so when Typesy reached out and asked if I would use their program and write a review post it seemed like a great fit.
As a blogger who dreams to one day possibly write a book, I obviously value the ability to type at a decent speed. And in this day and age I think it is a skill anyone under 70 should be able to do well.
So, should you teach your children to type? Absolutely!
Should you use Typesy to do so? Read on to find out!
WHEN SHOULD YOU TEACH TYPING?
First of all, I know some will definitely ask at what age they should teach their kids typing skills and I honestly think it depends on the child. It depends on their interest, the size of their hands, their fine motor skills, their reading ability, etc. If they take piano lessons I think that is an advantage when learning to type because it teaches them to use their fingers individually in a way they don’t do much of until that point.
For Raeca I think grade three has been a good time to learn. She started learning last year but timed tests were giving her quite a bit of anxiety so we dropped it for awhile and this year she is doing a lot better with them.
So, Typesy is an online typing program where you can learn to type (surprise!).
Typesy has three different licensing options: one for schools, one for individuals and one for homeschools (!!!). I love that they didn’t forget about the homeschoolers and they even have an option for homeschool co-ops.
Typesy has a really nice user dashboard and you can even work on your own typing skills as a parent.
In the admin panel you can add students and check the progress of your students. You can see when they logged in last, their current WPM (words per minute) and accuracy levels and all at a glance, so if you had multiple kids you could see their stats all at once which is handy for saving time.
I really appreciate that you can set individual speed goals for each student. With a child with some anxiety I wanted to be able to set her speed goal really low to begin with to increase her confidence and comfort before pushing her and I like that Typesy allows this option.
Typesy also has some typing games which just makes the learning more fun for kids. They have speed boosting games and accuracy building games so your kids can work on the specific skills they need to.
PROS & CONS
Because I like making lists, here’s a little breakdown of some Typesy pros and cons for you:
- great graphics
- easy to use
- effective – it’s been helpful so far in teaching Raeca how to position her hands and increase her confidence
- fun – not only is it effective but the speed boosting and accuracy building games make learning to type enjoyable
- great reporting – it’s so easy to see how she is doing
- each student has their own log in username and password – I know this actually makes a lot of sense, especially when you have big groups, like a classroom or a large family but with only one kid currently using it, it’s mildly annoying to remember my password and hers. It’s a very minor con and solely exists because I don’t have a great memory – thankfully Google can save her password so I don’t actually have to remember it. 😉
WHO IS TYPESY FOR?
I think Typesy would be a great fit for those who want to to teach typing in their homeschool and record their child’s progress or those who need to have detailed homeschool records – this is an easy way to track typing progress.
It is also a great program for those who want a simple and effective way to teach typing to their children. Typesy has introductory videos for kids to watch that explain the different sections and it is a great way for kids to have a little more control in an area and is pretty hands off for parents.
Here’s something fun: Typesy has offered to give away a few homeschool licenses! I’ll be giving away two, five year licenses here on the blog and two over on Instagram, feel free to enter both giveaways to increase your chances.
To enter here all you have to do is leave a comment below sharing how you think your kids will use their typing skills later in life.
Giveaway Details: The giveaway is open worldwide and will end at 11:59pm PST on Wednesday, December 19th. Typesy has supplied the free licenses and winners will be alerted via email after the giveaway ends.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post which means I was paid by Typesy to give an honest review of their product.