April 01, 2016

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Teachers Use Typing Skills to Teach Alphabet Printing

There was a time when typing (or keyboarding as it is sometimes called) was a course students would take in high school. Those days are long gone. In fact, since parents are raising their children to use tablets and mobile devices in the home, many students already have basic typing skills by the time they start Kindergarten or Grade 1. This is a good thing. What is not a good thing; these students almost never arrive in the classroom with alphabet letter printing skills. To succeed academically and eventually in the workforce, students must learn to print and they must learn to type. What if there was a way to use the typing skills students already have to teach them the alphabet letter printing skills they need to have? Well, there is!

The clever educational publisher Curricket has developed an alphabet letter printing student skill book that integrates typing skills called Key Printing Student Skill Book. This smart little book explains how to form small and capital alphabet printing letters. Alongside the alphabet letter printing exercises are QWERTY keyboard typing exercises. This is a great resource when students have no printing or typing skills as it will give them the correct foundation to build their skills from the ground up. However, as most students now have some basic typing skills when they get to the classroom, teachers use the keyboarding lessons they already understand to explain how alphabet printing works. Of course, it can also work the other way around; use the alphabet letter printing skills they already have to teach typing skills. No matter which way students start out, this clever book will give them a solid foundation from which to build upon.

The alphabet letter printing lessons systematically build from following along, to tracing, and finally to forming capital and small letters. It also teaches how to form numerals, write their name, and it leads students into writing simple sentences. By the end of the school year, students will have become proficient printers.

The keyboarding skill lessons map where the letter is on a QWERTY (standard) keyboard. It shows which finger on which hand to use in a colour-coded keyboard layout. Smart teachers like to put a colour-coded piece of yarn or skin-safe paint on the student's fingers to help them. For example the green finger on left hand presses all the green keys on the keyboard. Different schools have different budgets and Curricket understands that not every school can afford a keyboard device for every student. To solve this problem, the last page of the book has a colour-coded practice keyboard that is perfect for students with small hands. Students build their typing skills even if there is no keyboard available!

There is nothing out there quite like Curricket's Key Printing Student Skill book. If you would like to learn more, CLICK HERE.


David Lashmar
David Lashmar

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David Lashmar is an educational author and blogger, the voice of the wildly popular character “Davey Curricket”, a personality on CURRICKET.TV, owner of the classroom resource publishing company CURRICKET.COM, and Vice-president at the educational publisher Tree House Press. He is a member of the associations Book Publishing Professionals, Children’s Book Authors, and Publishing today.



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