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    Practice makes perfect!  That’s the expression, anyway, and it sure is true for keyboarding.  Regular practice is key to a student’s keyboarding success.  

    Edina’s keyboarding goal for students leaving the 5th grade is 20 words per minute with at least 80% accuracy.  Students begin keyboarding instruction in 2nd and 3rd grade, with continued practice and review in both 4th and 5th grade.  The school day, however, does not typically afford the time necessary for focused, daily practice.
     
    There are a few things you can do at home to help your son or daughter become more proficient at keyboarding.  These include the following:
     
    Once your child begins formal keyboarding instruction in 2nd grade, encourage 5-10 minutes of practice each night.  Students can log-in to their school Typing Pal accounts from home, supplement with a variety of free online keyboarding tutorials, or choose from a wide assortment of typing games.  Links to numerous such resources for additional practice can be found on the media center's student keyboarding page.
     
    Encourage your child to use the correct fingering and not look at the keys whenever he or she is at the computer.  Peeking at the keys slows progress significantly.  If you notice your child frequently wanting to look down at his/her hands, it can be helpful to lay a lightweight scarf or cloth over the hands to prevent the keys from being seen.
     
    Ask your child to log-in to his Typing Pal account and show you his Typing Log.  The Typing Log keeps a record of all completed activities with statistics for words per minute and accuracy.  At this level, our primary concern is accuracy.  Speed will come with practice. 
     
    Offer your child incentives for increasing speed and accuracy. Once students reach 30-35 wpm they usually do not revert back to old habits.
     
    Offer plenty of encouragement.  It takes a long time and a lot of practice.  The most important thing is to not give up.
     
    For students tempted to peek at the keyboard, Speedskin keyboard covers are available for $7.95 plus shipping at LearningServices.com.