I had the opportunity to review a children's typing program, Keyboard Town Pals, recently. Here's what the website had to say about their program:
The Keyboard Town PALS Learn to Type program teaches your child to type in one hour.
Today, typing properly is a lifelong, necessary skill for success in school and at work.
■Our Mission: Our mission is to teach young children to type on a Qwerty computer keyboard in the fastest, easiest, and least stressful way. In only one hour Keyboard Town PALS’ “Learn To Type”software is able to achieve that goal.
■Stress-Free: We have eliminated the stress normally associated with learning to type and replaced it with adorable puppets who sing songs and tell stories in a relaxed learning environment. Our system has no boring drills or exercises. No mindless games. No nerve-wracking timed-speed tests. We have even deactivated the delete and backspace buttons since mistakes are never counted and scroll right off the screen. Learn more about this method.
■Wholesome: We are dedicated to developing educational software that you can depend on; wholesome products that will help you do your job as a parent – the most important and rewarding job anyone can have.
■Self Motivated: Your child will become an eager participant in the learning process and will be self-motivated to learn and complete the program.
■6 and Up: Keyboard Town PALS is best for the beginner audience of kids ages 6-12 and those with learning differences. All you need is a kid, a computer and an hour.
These are some of the characters introduced:
The main character is "Sunny"
Prices range from $30-$45
My thoughts and opinions...........
Friends, I do not endorse this product. I could not MAKE Ben sign on after half of the first lesson and he was 6! It is geared more to 4 year olds in my opinion, possibly even 3 year olds! Certainly NOT the 6-12 age group suggested. The characters are far from "wholesome", as you encounter a character VOMMITING in lesson 3! Also, in lesson 5 the characters taunt and tease some unknown character which disgusted me. Also, just so you know, Ben firmly believes that Sunny would scare small children.
Hard as I try, I can not find one thing positive about this product- which may end my reviewing career- but honesty is, and forevermore shall be, the best policy.