Christian Keyboarding {TOS review}

Although it was I offered, I never took typing in school. I’m not really sure how I avoided the class, but I always wonder if it would have made a difference as to how I use the computer now. I do alright pecking away at the keys on the keyboard, but know that I wouldn’t pass a secretarial test for typing speed. I think faster than I can type and need to look at the keyboard every once in a while when typing/keyboarding, which slows me down.

Christian Keyboarding is an award-winning E-book of the 2012 Christian Small Publisher’s Book Awards. Leanne Beitel has written a curriculum that is like what I probably would have taken when in school. You have your keyboard and book (or in this case sheets because I printed out the sheets to use as we needed them – like how they would be when typing in the real world) and that is it. The fact that my children would be learning how to type as they would experience in life (eyes from paper/sheet to keyboard) as opposed to glaring at the screen only, was one of the reasons I was excited about completing this review.

There are no cute singing characters, but there is a cute little ladybug, that just sits there, at the beginning of each lesson.

The curriculum, geared towards kindergarten through fifth grade students, uses the QWERTY keyboard and teaches all of the concepts that many people learn if they take typing in school (ex: double spacing after a period). What sets it apart from your basic typing course it that Beitel includes Bible passages in the lessons from which the student practices his typing. So you have a combination typing lesson and Bible study.

FOR THE STUDENT
The lessons are short, which gives the student enough to learn, practice and not grow bored while completing it. The student is taught the Touch-Typing technique, which includes the following steps:

1. Sit up straight and lean in at the waist.
2. Keep feet flat on the floor (with one slightly in front of the other for
balance).
3. Body is one hand-span (or length) from the keyboard.
4. The J key on the keyboard is opposite of your bellybutton.
5. Hands are on the homerow (to be introduced in the first lesson)
6. Curve fingers.
7. Elbows are naturally at your side.
8. Wrists are level (not touching the table or the keyboard).
9. Eyes are looking at the copy.
10. Keyboard is parallel to the table.
11. The text or copy is placed on the right-hand side.
12. Use quick, snappy strokes in a rhythmic pace.

Do you remember all of those rules? Most of them I follow, but there are a few I don’t; so I practiced on my own making a few changes.

FOR THE TEACHER
The lessons are self-guided, so the only thing the teacher needs to do is oversee the work the student is completing.

Because a Bible verse is included at the beginning of each lesson, one may want to discuss that with the student before he begins the typing portion of the lesson.

The lessons are thorough covering the following topics: alphabetic keys (lessons 1-20), numbers and symbols keys (lessons 21-25), number pad (lessons 26-29), centering (lesson 30), enumerated lists (lesson 31) and times writing (lesson 32). MLA and APA report formatting elements required to satisfy state education requirements are also included in the curriculum.

OUR EXPERIENCE
River and Lily had the opportunity to use this program. At first, I was concerned that they would grow bored using a program that is not interactive since the other typing program we use is that way. Christian Keyboarding requires the student to have to read rather than having the instructions spoken to them. So along with having the chance to practice reading, they also got to practice the skill of following directions from what they read.

We do typing three days a week (usually Wednesday through Friday) and that is how we completed this work. Since the lessons were short, I had them repeat the lesson two days in a row to ensure they had enough practice and understood what they were doing. As we continue through the curriculum, I may change that after we get out of the alphabetic section and have them complete a new lesson each day of study.

They both like the program, which did sort of surprise me because they had to do more reading (not a whole lot) to complete the work.

It made me smile when River and Lily recognized the Bible verse at the beginning of a lesson.

MY THOUGHTS
Christian Keyboarding is a good program for teaching your elementary-age child how to type. Obviously, they would need to know how to read to use this program. I like the fact that it did not “sing and dance,” which may turn off a few children who are use to interactive instruction when using the computer. Sometimes, it’s nice to just sit and read (and learn) something without having your work shout back at you.

I liked my children being taught the right way to type as opposed to just doing what we do and somehow the work getting done. Even though neither River nor Lily will probably work as an administrative assistant, at least they will have the skill of typing; and the speed.

The only thing that was a little different for me (real minor) was the two spaces after a period, something that use to be required, but is not longer when typing. When editing material, I always find myself removing that extra space.

If you have a child who prefers interactive instruction, then this program would still be able to work for them. They could go through these lessons, and then be given interactive computer time to practice what they have learned. Having a solid foundation for typing is only a plus. Typing is one of those skills (like handwriting) that should still be given attention to in school.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Keyboarding for the Christian School is available for download in a regular font (I chose this one to keep it as real as possible) or large font version for $12.95. A full-color, hard-copy is also available for $45.

Christian Keyboarding is offering 20 percent off its products through August 29. Use coupon code SUMMER2012 to receive the discount.

Take a look at these sample lessons: Horizontal and Vertical Centering and Enumerated Lists. See other sample lessons.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.


Disclaimer: The product featured in this review was provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own.
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One Response to “Christian Keyboarding {TOS review}”


  • Comment from Leanne Beitel

    Thank you for the kind review!

    I am glad that River and Lily are doing well in learning how to type. Yes, the one space versus two space controversy still looms as it did many years ago. The difference is where the typing is done. For printed documents; it is two spaces. For digital or graphics design; it is one space.

    Typing on a typewriter or a computer is still fundamental to completing school work or almost any job. The screen shots in my books may be a little different from software versions; but the formatting of the document doesn’t change much.

    If you have other questions or concerns; I am available to help at l.beitel@christiankeyboarding.com.


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