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    Default Typing/Keyboarding program for 8 year old?

    I'd be grateful for some recommendations. I realized yesterday that my 8 year old has horrible hunched-over keyboarding habits (older had keyboarding at school).

    Something that will teach her skills while making it fun?

    Many thanks
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    I'm looking for the same thing too!
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    Dance Mat Typing is a pretty popular choice: BBC - Schools - Dance Mat Typing - Home

    We used it last year but this year switched to Easy Tech. With this program we are doing keyboarding along with other computer skills. Learning.com
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    Yeah my 8 yo used BBC Dance Mat . .. free is good . .. he complained a few times (which is very little for him . .he complains a lot usually), but got through it
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    We are using Typing Instructor Platinum for MAC. It is FABULOUS. We are on week 4 of school and ds10 has not only learned the keyboard, but can type at a corrected WPM of 22. We used another program last year and it was NOTHING like this one. I highly recommend it.

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    We used Type to Learn 4 last year and were relatively pleased with it. It is a very engaging program with plenty of instruction and various games to keep the kids practicing their keyboarding skills. My son enjoyed the program although I have noticed his finger pecking habits have started to creep back in. We will probably continue typing lessons until it becomes second nature. I think the Homeschool Buyers Coop is offering Type to Learn at a discount right now.

    When I was originally researching typing programs I also read a lot of good reviews of Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum as well as the version bcnlvr mentioned, Typing Instructor Platinum..
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    DS1 used Dancemat first, then Type to Learn Agents of Information. Both were good but I'm glad he did Dancemat first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcnlvr View Post
    We are using Typing Instructor Platinum for MAC. It is FABULOUS. We are on week 4 of school and ds10 has not only learned the keyboard, but can type at a corrected WPM of 22. We used another program last year and it was NOTHING like this one. I highly recommend it.

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    Same here but for PC. I ended up getting it for $4 due to a great Amazon sale and having collected Amazon gift cards through Bing Rewards. I would highly recommend it.
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    Bacon and Marmalade, are you using Typing Instructor Plat. or Typing Instructor for Kids Plat? Thanks!
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    We were using typingclub.com which seems to be a reasonably good way to learn - but DS has decided its too hard so he cant do it. So much whining.

    I didnt want to try dancemat (the bbc one) because it requires Flash.

    Hubby and I decided the current version of Typing Instructor Platinum for kids looked like it would be too frustrating for our little Drama Queen. From the week of tears over typingclub, going back and repeating lessons seems necessary. (I dont think he tries learning the keys when he tries getting through the system.)

    I tried figuring out the Keyboarding Without Tears, since we loved HWT, but I cant find that they have a typing program per se. Keyboarding Without Tears

    Does anyone have other suggestions?
    Im a big fan of free, but I also know we get what we pay for.
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