Monthly Archives: April 2013

I was having a thought about typing (lol, yes it hurt)

I was talking to our computer group (Mrs. Crissman and Mr. Stevenson) about the current approach to typing. I hope someone knows some of the background and can pitch in to the conversation (go to facebook page Hands In Motion) because I would really like different points of view.

My thought was that touch typing was developed as a means of making COPIES. Not for creating thoughts, papers, stories or any other free flow products, but to make more than one original thing from a handwritten document. But that has changed dramatically.

NOW – we think on the keypad. We use our computers to capture original thoughts and write papers and do many other things. I see children, teens and adults texting or chatting on thier devices and thier fingers are flying as they communicate not only thier information but emotions as well. Fast. Easy with no thought, because they were looking at the keyboard. Then we put them in front of a computer to learn to touch type and they stall – why?

So my question was, “Why touch typing?” Why can’t they look at the keyboard? We have spell check and formatting and templete options the original typists couldnt dream of – why dont we just use them? Wouldnt they learn faster? Be more comfortable? At first I got blank stares…uhhh…hmm…

Then a torrent of information came pouring out and this is what I learned.

Touch typing is like a language. You learn it from the beginning slowly and it evolves into eleoquent effortless communication. Yes, you can learn it on the fly by looking at the keys and using only a few fingers – but if it were language the difference would look like this:

Without education – “i don see why i should learn dat no how”  or with education – ” Is it really nessassary that this should be a part of my early education?” Hmm, which one would YOU like to work with?

Yes. It’s important. It may be slow at first. Your typing skill may suffer for a bit by going slower with more mistakes, but after you learn it properly and the muscle memory is there in your hands you have a valuable life skill. A skill that gives you a step up from those who learned to type with one or two fingers while staring at the keyboard. A touch typer can capture more information faster and with more confidence. Not having to think about where the keys are can free up the mind to focus on a lecture or framing of thoughts. So lets teach it. Lets learn it. Lets get ahead – or (for some of us) just keep up!

I learned something and I am proud to be able to help others to get ahead with this important skill.

Written by touch typing – Kely

 

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Computer lab ready to go!!

Ok, so this is really exciting. I have been wanting to start this program for a long time but the county didn’t have the room I needed to have it there and other places didn’t have the resources. But at Hands In Motion we have both and the lab has 12 new computers with a top notch printer, ready to teach the basic life skills kids and adults need!

(can you tell I’m excited?)

Our teachers, Mrs. Crissman and Mr. Stevenson have been having a blast making the curriculum for fun learning and I will be one of thier first students. We are starting with the individual classes Typing For Me and Typing For Me, Siblings. These are individually tailored to your students needs and interests.

Register now!

Signs

Wow! Signs!

We have signs on our windows now! It’s very exciting.

The students are enjoying watching things come together and are eagerly awaiting the opening of the computer room. I have to say that I am too! Summer will be so much fun watching everyone come and go in the different classes. 

Working out the kinks!

Hello all!

Our office is open for individual students that do handwriting with us but the rest is still coming along! We should have our software loaded up soon so typing classes will be ready to go! Mrs.Crissman and Mr. Stevenson are hurrying me along so they can play in there.

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Eric Ballard our exercise/therapy guy has run through his program with me and we had a lot of laughs! The kids will love him and his two assistants (his daughters) as they stretch and stregthen thier way to healthy writing and typing condition.

Summer camps are planned to begin in June and as soon as the brochures are ready I will get those out – the dates are already on the website schedule but not sure if anyone can make sense of them yet! I really need to change the calendar view – once I figure out how to.

I am going to try to put a photo here of our typing room -

Can’t wait!

-Kely Davis

Handwriting Without Tears Facilitator.

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