2013 UPDATED Recommendations:
Most of the programs below are outdated for my Mac so here are some of my new suggestions:
ABCya Typing Game (free online)
Fun to Type (free online)
Type Kids (not free – $49.95)
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This summer on the Imagination Soup Facebook Page, a video of J.K. Rowlings typing at super-fast speed started a conversation about teaching kids to type. Twitter and Facebook friends offered suggestions of their children’s favorite typing programs. Here they are: typing programs for kids recommended by readers.
Typing Instructor for Kids sells for $5.45 at Amazon.
Jumpstart Typing is $12.99 at Amazon.
When Should You Teach a Child to Type?
Typing should be a skill like riding a bike – essential! Consider how typing well lets you get your thoughts on paper faster and a number of other benefits. (Like working as a temp through graduate school and making good money!) And, in our tech oriented society, typing sets you up for success.
I think it’s best to wait until kids hands are big enough to reach the keys on the keyboard, probably around 8 or 9 years old. Personally, I took a high school class in typing but I don’t think high schools offer those classes anymore. Do they?
What typing programs do you use?
When did you start with your kids?