Friday, November 11, 2011

Keyboard Town Pals! TOS Review

The latest online learning program that we have been reviewing is called Keyboard Town Pals, Learn to Type In One Hour! The makers of this program say that it will teach your child to type in 1 hour without, speed timed-tests, counting mistakes, grades, delete button, or boring drills, and endless exercises. Instead it has 8 fun and interactive 6-7 min teaching sessions. You can do them one at a time or in two 30 min chunks. 30 minutes for each hand.The instructions are led by a large sunny character, and all the letters are represented by puppets who live in the three streets of houses. One house for each letter on the keyboard. Each puppet is given a name that helps children to remember the letter associated with it.
The lessons are systematic and progress quickly into getting kids to type simple words. Once your child has completed all 8 lessons they can take an assessment to see if they have mastered the letters or if they need more practice. If more practice is needed they can go through the 8 lessons again. 
 Now you might ask how it worked for us? I assigned Buster to this particular program since Sweetpea was doing a different program we were reviewing. Buster found the puppets, music, and sunshine a bit babyish. He is definitely not one to say that easily. In fact he enjoys many things that one would think could seem babyish to an 8 year old. I found the instruction to be thorough and well thought out, but I do not think most children are really going to learn typing in 1 hour. I can't see that many would want to repeat the same thing over again to learn it completely. I also felt that the price is a bit steep for what you get. The program says it is geared toward children 7-10, but can be used as soon as children can identify letters and use a keyboard.

You can purchase Keyboard Town Pals "Learn to Type In 1 Hour" web based or on CD for $39.95. It is available in English, Spanish, and French. They also have a program for even younger kids called "Little Hands Can Type". If you are interested in learning more visit the Keyboard Town Pals website! There you can read testimonials, learn more about the program, and watch sample videos.

Keyboard Town Pals, Learn to Type In 1 Hour was given to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was given.

Be sure to check out the Homeschool Crew blog to read about everyone's experience!

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