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Typing Speed and Accuracy Benchmarks for Young Kids

When typing first entered the common core, several years ago, there was a strong reaction, particularly from parents homeschooling their children. “Are you kidding?” they would ask. (At least, we think they asked!) “A mastery of keyboarding is required to be an advanced student in the third grade?”

Kids thirty years ago didn’t need to be able to type quickly and accurately; computers weren’t everywhere yet, essentially ruling the world, so only writers and secretaries needed to be able to type with mastery. Nowadays, the rules (and the Common Core State Standards) have changed - kids have to be able to type to be competitive in education and today’s workforce.

Being a good keyboarder prepares children for the future. Although third grade might seem a bit young to be an excellent keyboarder, it’s best to begin developing muscle memory and computer literacy at a young age, so your children won’t be defeated by simple typing tricks later in life. An expected average speed for a third-grader would be 30-40 words per minute, which is the average speed for adults as well.

Touch typing is a skill that involves muscle memory on the keyboard so children avoid looking at it and focus more on the words on their screen. It is advantageous for them as it teaches them the skill of speed and accuracy. Moreover, it helps them learn that through practice, they will attain mastery.

Some courses may look intimidating, but you don’t have to start with the sparse and difficult world of adult typing courses. You can start with typing games, which strengthen mental pathways while getting your hands used to the typing position. And despite what you may think, this kind of game isn’t bad! These games aren’t for pure entertainment, and they don’t expose your children to questionable morals - they’re educational! It’s just disguised as a game so children will both have fun and learn at the same time.

Games incorporate bright, vivid colors and comical characters that spark a child’s interest and help them learn without having to find it stressful. It’s muscle memory after all. Exercise should be fun!

Once you see them improve with games like this, you can move on to the more challenging courses.

There are many websites to help you find the perfect typing course for your child. For games only, you can use Tux Typing, Mickey’s Typing Adventure, or Epistory Typing Chronicles. These games use arcade graphics or storytelling features to help typing practice continue.

Other websites offer both courses and games. Typing Test and Typesy are great examples of these. Typing Test tests your typing at first before moving you to the courses depending on your skill. Typesy allows you to move at any pace, starting off at a beginner’s course. If that doesn’t interest you, they also have fun, exciting games! They claim to improve typing skills in two weeks with only five minutes of use daily.

You may not be familiar with typing standards for kids, or they might seem excessively demanding. Luckily, these websites and games give you the opportunity to give your children a leg up in this technologically-dominated world, and they can have fun doing it. Good luck finding the best typing program for your family!

Sunday, August 25th 2019