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October 17, 2016

Keyboarding Hands

Dear 4th & 5th Grade Families,

We are excited about our new keyboarding curriculum, Keyboarding Without Tears®. It was created by Handwriting Without Tears®, a company that has received the Distinguished Achievement Award for the best children’s curriculum as well as a Teacher’s Choice Award from Learning Magazine.  This keyboarding curriculum develops pre-keyboarding skills (e.g., target practice, clicking skills, drag/drop skills) as well as digital citizenship, digital literacy, and touch typing. Keyboarding and handwriting are essential to student success with written work, and are essential lifelong skills that develop through proper instruction.

The curriculum uses rich and varied activities to teach keyboarding skills along with capitalization and punctuation practice, word and sentence practice, and common keyboarding and computer functions. Lessons include multi-sensory elements and can be easily connected to other subjects. We hope that your fifth grader has enjoyed the program so far and we hope will continue to enjoy the different activities to build typing proficiency.

I am sending home a color-coded keyboard along with hands that highlight the proper finger-letter keystroke.  Our first nine weeks was devoted to learning this in class and getting as much practice as possible.  The students know what HOME ROW hands mean.  As they practice at home, say “HOME ROW hands”, and encourage your student to use proper keyboarding fingers.  You can use this keyboard and hand chart to check.

In addition, we have also learned that correct posture helps with proper keyboarding.  Feet flat on the floor, sitting up straight and looking at the monitor are all behaviors your student should practice at home.

We will continue to have keyboarding practice and will now incorporate Spot Checks.  Spot Checks allow me to track how fast and accurate a student types.  At this point, I am more concerned with accuracy than with speed.  A little practice goes a long way in developing the correct typing posture and keystrokes.  I hope you find this tool useful in helping your child develop their typing skills.

Sincerely,

 

Shona Foster

Lower School Computer Lab