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Typing Lessons

Lesson 1 : Home Keys jf Start
Lesson 2 : Home Keys kd Start
Lesson 3 : Home Keys sl Start
Lesson 4 : Home Keys a; Start
Lesson 5 : Home Keys gh Start
Lesson 6 : Home Row Start
Lesson 7 : Top Keys ru Start
Lesson 8 : Top Keys ei Start
Lesson 9 : Top Keys wo Start
Lesson 10 : Top Keys qp Start
Lesson 11 : Top Keys ty Start
Lesson 12 : Top Row Start
Lesson 13 : Bottom Key vm Start
Lesson 14 : Bottom Key c, Start
Lesson 15 : Bottom Key x Start
Lesson 16 : Bottom Key z Start
Lesson 17 : Bottom Key bn Start
Lesson 18 : Bottom Row Start
Lesson 19 : Mixed Home Keys, Top Keys, Bottom Keys Start
Lesson 20 : Number 47 Start
Lesson 21 : Number 38 Start
Lesson 22 : Number 29 Start
Lesson 23 : Number 10 Start
Lesson 24 : Number 56 Start
Lesson 25 : Number Row Start
Lesson 1 : Shift Key + Home Row Start
Lesson 2 : Shift Key + Top Row Start
Lesson 3 : Shift Key + Bottom Row Start
Lesson 4 : Math Keys Start
Lesson 5 : Shift Key + Symbols Start
Lesson 6 : Simple Words Start
Lesson 7 : Simple Sentences Start
Lesson 8 : Simple Sentences with Punctuation Start
Lesson 9 : Short Paragraph Start
Lesson 1 : Practice Goal 26 WPM Start
Lesson 2 : Practice Goal 28 WPM Start
Lesson 3 : Practice Goal 30 WPM Start
Lesson 4 : Practice Goal 32 WPM Start
Lesson 5 : Practice Goal 34 WPM Start
Lesson 6 : Practice Goal 36 WPM Start
Lesson 7 : Practice Goal 38 WPM Start
Lesson 8 : Practice Goal 40 WPM Start
Lesson 9 : Practice Goal 42 WPM Start
Lesson 10 : Practice Goal 44 WPM Start
Lesson 11 : Practice Goal 46 WPM Start
Lesson 12 : Practice Goal 48 WPM Start
Lesson 13 : Practice Goal 50 WPM Start
Lesson 14 : Practice Goal 52 WPM Start
Lesson 15 : Practice Goal 54 WPM Start
Lesson 16 : Practice Goal 58 WPM Start
Lesson 17 : Practice Goal 60 WPM Start

Typing Lessons

Turtle Diary's Free Typing Tutorials take kids step by step through keyboarding lessons geared to train muscle memory motor skills. Kids as young as kindergarten can begin to practice typing, but around third grade is when the touch typing skills really begin to take hold. Foundational typing skills such as hand placement, proper posture, letter sequencing, and keystroking on a QWERTY keyboard will train your students from the very beginning until they master the keyboard layout for typing sentences. Turtle Diary typing moves into speed and accuracy drills for ultimate mastery until they are typing practice paragraphs. Even proven to aid those with handwriting difficulties and learning challenges like dyslexia, touch develops stronger motor skills and dexterity. Typing fluency enables students to focus on the content of their thoughts rather than the keyboard while they type paragraphs, allowing for efficient and seamless digital integration of ideas. In as little as 20 minutes per day, your student can become a master at touch typing!


How do I teach my child to type?

At first, kids practice typing on a QWERTY keyboard with a resting hand placement on the home row keys (ASDF JKL:) and proper posture, sitting up straight with feet on the floor. Then, they can move on to basic key stroking from the home row. Soon, kids will gain the muscle memory to move into letter sequencing and typing small words. Once the basic location of keys is mastered, they can start to work on speed and accuracy by doing drills online.

Can kids increase speed by typing sentences?

Yes, as long as kids consistently practice in order to gain the muscle memory required in typing. Accuracy can also be achieved by choosing sentences that incorporate a variety of letters. Turtlediary.com has activities specifically designed to improve these skills.

How can kids learn to type for free?

Kids can practice typing free both online and on a simple word processing program at home. Turtle Diary contains typing modules starting from basic keystroking to speed and accuracy drills. Making typing fun will help your kids want to practice typing, so look for programs that incorporate games that allow kids to gain the muscle memory necessary to improve their mastery of the QWERTY keyboard.

Will typing sentences improve typing fluency?

Typing fluency involves both speed and accuracy, so both areas should be addressed when typing sentences. Speed increases if you practice at least 10-15 minutes each day. Accuracy is achieved by typing sentences like "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog," which uses every letter of the alphabet.