Typing is definitively the communication form of the future (and today, really). In fact, it’s probably more important that our kids know how to type than to write in cursive (see the removal of cursive from many schools as proof). When should you start introducing typing to your kids, though? Second grade is a great time to do this. We’ve actually found quite a few free typing programs that have a younger slant to them to help them learn how to position their fingers on the keyboard and at least start learning to touch-type. One of these free sites had keyboarding games, which made learning how to type even more fun! Waiting too long encourages bad habits though, so we’ve definitely tried to get a head start. So many adults still use the “hunt and peck” method, but we want to make sure if they are going to be spending a lot of time typing, that they are typing quickly and accurately.
Technology has evolved by leaps and bounds. What once was incredibly expensive has now become relatively affordable. If your second grader has been bugging you about a way to listen to his or her own music, you might be considering an MP3 player. We did. We thought about it long and hard. There were some definite pros and cons to both. I mean, really, what business does a second grader have with that kind of technology?
Actually, it works out very well. There’s all kinds of things that you can add to that handy little gadget, and music is only one of them. You can find some great kid-centric podcasts out there, as well as audio books (they’re good for getting non-readers at least interested in books).
What about your younger wee ones? Have they asked for gadgets like MP3 players; and if so did you get one for them?