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Kely Davis

About Kely Davis

Kely Davis has a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts. She has taught at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, Detroit and Claude Moore Community Center in Sterling VA. Ms. Davis began her work with Handwriting Without Tears (r) program for young children 12 years ago in local community centers and in her home and has seen many wonderful results. Ms. Davis is an Air Force veteran and the proud mother of Ryan and Courtney Davis.

NEW Year’s Special Printing Power Class

Actual before & after handwriting sample!

Group class for Grades 2nd & above.

New Year pricing of only $200 for eight, 45 minute sessions!

January 8th – 31st at 4pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Register Today! Email HandsIM or call 571-612-5544

Give them an edge for the New Year in our Printing Power Class! Focus on correct grip, starting issues and other problems in this group setting. Fun and inviting activities form good handwriting habits and develop strong writers. We will go through printing, helping your child become more confident, comfortable and successful!

*Printing Power is for students grade 2 and above OR having full knowledge of the alphabet and how to write sentences and numbers. Cost for class is $200 plus a $12.50 fee for a workbook to take home at the end.

Keyboarding is Critical to Success in School and Life



NBC News4 visits Hands In Motion to uncover the gap between kids’ typing skills and school requirements 2014

Texting & Gaming does not equal typing & computer skills!

Texting & Gaming does not equal typing & computer skills!

Many parents see their kids gaming and texting not realizing they do not have the basic typing and computer skills they need for success in school! Virginia’s standardized tests now require keyboarding proficiency by 4th grade while much of the SOL must be input via keyboard in 5th grade. This means your child will need to be able to log in, open a file, find a file, and save their work as well as keyboard with enough ease to be able to focus on the content they are writing. The stress of testing and operating an unfamiliar computer system can negatively impact your child’s performance as well as causing them to lose confidence in their abilities.

What’s a parent to do? Share this brief quiz with your child to determine the exact level of their typing and computer skills:

1. Can your child type with more than 1 finger?
2. How well does your child type (consider speed and accuracy)?
3. Does your child complete computer assignments on time?
4. Is your child frustrated when using a computer to produce school work (not games or texts!)
5. Can your child save a file, use a USB, and format a simple report?

If the answer is ‘No’ to two or more questions, improving these skills will have immediate and positive impact on testing and classroom work (no more panicked calls asking you to email the file!) Younger children (2nd – 5th grade) excel at real keyboarding when given the opportunity to learn. Hands In Motion has a complete computer lab and classes are tailored for all ages and abilities. Many rising high school seniors and college freshmen experience lost time and frustration when they realize their typing skills are not what they need to carry them through the many note taking and paper writing exercises they face. Hands In Motion also runs classes designed especially for seniors whose very existence can be dramatically improved with basic computer skills to pay bills, order medications on line and resist scams that prey on the computer confused. Please visit our Keyboarding Pages to learn more or contact kely@handsim.com.

More Information:

The Washington Post  October 10, 2013

The Virginian-Pilot © November 14, 2011

 

Fall Festival takeaways for Fun learning at home

This very hot weekend Hands In Motion visited the Brambleton Fall Festival. We had a wonderful time meeting many new faces and seeing quite a few familiar ones. We enjoyed speaking with all the parents about handwriting and typing while their children played with the chalkboards, beads and bolts and washers we had out on the tables. Many parents were surprised how hard it was to pull them away from the chalkboards!

Hands In Motion instructors

China & Melissa rock!

Children are very task oriented and creative. When faced with something they can learn and do by themselves adults are always surprised at their attention spans. The instructors at HM are always thinking of new ways to steer that focus to build fine motor skills and problem solving, two very important skills for communication in handwriting and typing.

Here are some tasks you can give your children to build those skills at home:

  • Shaving cream! spray a little shaving cream onto a cookie sheet. Make it a challenge to only use their pointer fingers to draw different shapes.
  • The hardware store is a wonderful place! Stop in and pick up 10 different sizes of bolts with washers and nuts that fit. Get them large enough so they wont frustrate your child. throw them all in a box and let them sort them up – when they get good at that, time them to see how fast they can do them all.
  • Wheelbarrow races! Remember this as a kid? Have the child lay face down on the floor. Lift their legs so that they are supporting themselves on their straight arms with fingers pointed forward. Now get walking! If they keep their fingers pointed forward this is a great strengthener of the wrists, hands and fingers!

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.

Hands In Motion – Quips and Quotes

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