Monday, November 7, 2011
TOS Crew Review: Keyboard Town PALS
Keyboard Town Pals teaches children, ages seven through ten, how to type in one hour while watching a fun video. As the child watches the video he types on the keyboard, when prompted, to practice finger placement. The keyboard is divided into three streets and each letter is introduced on its street as a character with a name beginning with that letter. One finger and all of its positions on the keyboard are taught at a time.
Keyboard Town Pals includes a teacher's guide which explains how to use it and enrichment activities so students can master what they have just learned.
I asked my seven year old daughter to help me with this review. She watched the video and practiced the finger positions as it played. After watching each lesson once she didn't want to watch them again. I was surprised at how quickly the lessons were finished, that there weren't any practice drills and that my daughter should now be able to type without further instruction. I understand the concept behind Keyboard Townpals but I think further practice will be needed before my daughter knows where all the keys are.
Sarah says- "It was cool."
How it Works
I think this would make a nice intro to typing but you will have to find a way for the child to use his new knowledge or he will most likely forget. My daughter doesn't type on the computer for school so we might have to review this again at a later time.
Keyboard Town Pals is available in English, French, or Spanish
Available in web based or CD-ROM format
*Other packages also include Little Hands Can Type and a coloring book and stickers pack
As member of TOS Homeschool Crew I received free access to this program in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion. To read more reviews by other crew members please visit TOS Homeschool Crew blog.