Typing For Christian Service
By Rod and Staff
In my search for a keyboarding curriculum, I read many online reviews and tried to remember my own experiences from over twenty years ago (gasp) in learning to type. The major players that I could find online for keyboarding curriculums were Typing Instructor, Mavis Beacon, and Mickey’s Typing. After reading numerous reviews, I decided that none was ideal. I’ve seen Mavis in action on an acquaintance’s computer, and I didn’t think it was the best fit for us. More than one reviewer stated that the Disney program simply wouldn’t work. I didn’t want to waste my money and I wanted to be able to preview the curriculum.
I went to the Homeschool Hangout, and the clerk recommended Typing For Christian Service. I flipped through the student manual, and found it similar to what was used in my high school keyboarding class (imagine already knowing how to touch type at 60+ words per minute and suffering through 12 weeks of basic keyboarding instruction – ugh!).
Typing For Christian Service was written for use with a typewriter, however, it is easily adaptable to a computer by simply instructing your student to disregard the spell check.
- 60 lessons, including 10 tests, and some additional practice exercises
- Clear diagrams of proper posture, and location of fingers on home keys, as well as reaches for remaining keys
- A well-written teacher’s manual
- When the student has completed the curriculum, one can be assured that the student has a firm grasp on touch typing.
- The knowledge that there will be no content that is contrary to most widely held Christian beliefs.
- Sturdy covers on the student text that assist it in standing up for ease of reading.
- There is no accompanying software, so all student work must be graded by hand, which can be tedious.
- It is not as engaging as a typical video game.
- Typing for Christian Service is written for older pupils (specifically 9th and 10th graders), so we need to break down the lessons over multiple days to ensure that our 3rd grader does not become overwhelmed with the longer typing passages.
- We plan to turn spellcheck off while she is working, and then turn it back on again to grade her work.
I purchased the Teacher’s Manual and student text approximately $21.00, new.
Our approach to teaching the lessons is thus: We read the text portion together and then she reads the typing portion aloud as she types it. Reading the portion aloud that she is typing is supposed to improve key location memorization.
Also note, our daughter is not allowed to use the internet. She will be allowed to do so after she learns to touch type. In addition, many children are expected to start typing their assignments in 4th grade, so we wanted to make sure that she was well prepared to do so, without hunting and pecking.
Disclosure: My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. I purchased this curriculum with my own money and receive no form of remuneration for publishing this review.
Are your children learning to touch type?