Keyboarding Practice Materials
Students, parents and teachers need to understand how important practice is to developing keyboarding skill. Just like learning to play an instrument or master any skill, practice is key. You wouldn't expect to develop as a pianist by only taking one lesson a week. Just like playing the piano, to become proficient at keyboarding takes daily practice.
In most elementary settings, students are exposed to keyboarding in the computer lab one or two times per week after the initial keyboarding instruction offered through Keyboard Chatter is completed. Practicing keyboarding at home can greatly improve keyboarding skill and retention. Practice does not have to be for a long period of time, in fact, 10 minutes of keyboarding 4 nights per week will greatly improve a student's keyboarding skill.
Keyboarding practice is most productive when a student uses correct technique. Your student should be comfortable sitting straight, centered in front of the keyboard, striking keys with correct fingers and not looking at hands. For a review of correct technique, click here.
Practice materials can be from a variety of sources. Students can practice their keyboarding while keying their spelling words, composing at the keyboard, completing assignments or doing drills. Below are some drills that students can use to practice at home. Additional keyboarding practice materials can be found on your school lab manager web page.
Finger Families in Review--can be used as students learn Keyboard Chatter finger families as well as after Keyboard Chatter instruction is finished to reinforce skill.
Keyboarding Practice Drills--a variety of drills covering numerous topics. Use these drills after Keyboard Chatter instruction is completed and students know the alphabetic keys by touch. Drills use a fillable form format. Key the word in the blank, then tab to the next word. Drills can be used over and over again for practice. Have fun!