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Typing Lessons

Turtle Diary's Typing Tutorials take students step by step through a touch typing program 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!

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


How long should kids spend typing practice paragraphs each day?

A minimum of 10-15 minutes each day will help kids as young as six begin to develop touch typing skills. Older students can aim for 20 minutes each day in order to increase their fluency. Typing practice paragraphs can help with speed and accuracy.

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.

When will my child be typing paragraphs?

It depends on how much consistent practice your child has in order to develop touch typing skills and typing fluency. As speed and accuracy increase, so will their touch typing ability. After about 10 weeks of consistent practice, your child should be typing paragraphs.

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.