I had beautiful cursive handwriting when I was a child. You know the papers that boasted those little gold foil stars at the top? My teacher would often tack mine to the wall for all to see.
Fast forward to present day. I’ve completely forgotten how to form the letters properly and the only time I ever write in cursive is when I need to write a check and sign my name.
I guess you can argue that it’s still helpful and even important to learn cursive handwriting. Children may need to write checks some day, or better, be able to read the cursive writing of others. I brought out the handwriting papers this fall to teach my daughter the basics, but didn’t get very far. Maybe we’ll pick it up again next year.
What I am more passionate about is teaching my daughter how to type. She loves to write stories and for two years I watched her laboriously “hunt and peck” while hunched over the keyboard. I cringed every time. Was this a bad habit in the making? Would she ever learn to type correctly? I knew I had to do something.
Then I received a catalog from Handwriting Without Tears and found the answer. They were offering a new program for children as young as five called “Keyboarding Without Tears.” I signed up immediately.
Keyboarding Without Tears is one of the best curriculum purchases I’ve ever made. If you want your child to learn keyboarding skills, look no further. Go to their website and check out their sample lessons.
Here are the highlights:
- Inexpensive: It costs $10 for a one-year license.
- Easy to Use: After the initial set-up and creating a password, there is really no other work on the parent’s part. My daughter just opens the laptop and does her thing.
- Clean, Attractive Graphics
- Easy To Follow: Directions are given visually and audibly.
- Effective: My daughter started the program in November, using it roughly 10-15 minutes, 3-4 days a week, and she is already typing with both hands.
Still not convinced? Here’s a demo video: