• An Overview of Keyboarding at Winnona Park



    In kindergarten, we begin with keyboarding programs that introduce students to the idea of using their left

    and right hands to locate letters on the keyboard.  They also start to identify utility keys such as the 

    spacebar, return and backspace keys.


    First Grade

    In first grade, students also practice two-handed keyboarding techniques while also

    learning more about the other workings of the keyboard - upper/lower case, basic 

    punctuation, space bar, and delete, as well as finger placement on the home row.  

    In addition, they can begin to use a word processor to type simple words, their names, etc.


    Second Grade    

    In second grade, students are introduced to a formal keyboarding program called 

    "Typing Club."  Students have their own login and proceed through a series of steps to 

    learn the location of the various keys.  They are encouraged to practice at home if a family 

    member is able to supervise.  The most important part of this type of program is for the 

    student to develop the proper technique which includes: keeping hands in the correct 

    position - curved and on the home row, sitting straight in the chair with both feet on the floor, keeping the

    eyes on the screen.  No pecking like chickens !!!  Most students are developmentally ready to do this

    in second grade but others are not which is fine.  It is still very much considered a developing skill.


    Third Grade

    In third grade, we continue with Typing Club but with a greater emphasis on working through the program

    and with a greater focus on learning the correct technique.  As third grade is a slightly more age

    appropriate time to teach keyboarding, and in addition, students are required to use the keyboard 

    to type a portion of the Georgia Milestone test.  As keyboarding is ideally taught with 10 - 15 minutes of

    regular, daily practice, it is important for third grade students to practice at home in order to master

    the skill.  Third grade teachers may incorporate this into their homework options, however, it is still helpful

    if a family member can supervise to make sure the student is using the correct technique.  

    At this time, proper technique is much more important than speed but due to their age, 

    some students just want to go fast.  

    Keyboarding requires perseverance so please encourage your child as much as possible.  It is

    a tedious process so rewards for milestones can often be effective.  And if your student needs a

    reminder about how to log in to Typing Club, please scroll down to the section about 

    Keyboarding Programs.

    If you have any questions, I can be found in the media center or at izeff@csdecatur.net.

    Keyboarding Rules and Reminders

    1. Sit up straight, face the computer
    2. Eyes should be on the screen
    3. Correct fingering with both hands; thumbs on space bar; hands should be straight.  No pecking !!!!


    Keyboarding Programs

    Please check the grade level link to the left to see what your student has been introduced in the media center.

    1. Typing Club - Students in second and third grade have their own logins to this 

    website - https://csdecatur.typingclub.com/.  They can also access the link from the 

    Winnona Park Website by clicking on their grade level. 

    Username:  lunch number

    Password:  go


    2. Key Seeker- Recommended for kindergarten and first grade.  

    Students learn to use their left(purple) and right(green) monkey paws.


    3. Dance Mat Typing- Recommended for first or second grade.


    4. Keyboard Climber- Recommended for kindergarten or first grade.


    Learning Targets for Keyboarding


    I can find the letters of the alphabet on the keyboard.

    I can use the keyboard with my left and right hands/fingers.

    I can use the "return/enter" key

    First Grade 

    I can find all the letters of the alphabet on the keyboard.

    I can type using both hands.

    I can use the delete and return/enter keys

    Second Grade

    I can identify the homerow keys.

    I can type using the homerow.

    I can sit straight and keep my eyes on the screen.

    Third Grade

    I can type without looking at my hands.

    I can type using the homerow.

    I can practice Typing Club for 10 - 15 minutes at a time using the proper technique.


    Which fingers type which keys?



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