You may remember that back when I posted our Homeschool Goals for this year, I said that we were going to work on Paprika’s typing. We’ve tried a lot of typing programs – and nothing was really floating her boat. Then, we tried a Trial Version of TypeKids – and she loved it!
Well, after her trial expired, we got pretty busy and I forgot about it. Then, a few weeks ago, Paprika (9) started asking about it again. That was a sign to me that she really wanted it. I contacted the people at TypeKids and they offered Paprika a membership in exchange for me writing about it on my blog. (All opinions are my own, obviously!)
1) It’s Fun:
The TypeKids program is REALLY fun for kids! It has a Pirate Adventure theme, and a cute story that the kids unlock as they progress. There is a “Fun Area” where the students can play after earning rewards from lessons completed. Paprika loved earning new badges, and watching the story unfold. It made her want to progress to the next lesson.
2) It’s Educational:
I’ve been so pleased with how quickly Paprika is picking up typing using this program. The other programs she’s used in the past haven’t taught her nearly as much. Because of the narrative format, she is compelled to get to the next lesson – which makes her focus intently on her typing. I’ve seen vast improvement in her typing skills in the short time we’ve been using this program.
3) Progress Reports:
TypeKids emails me progress reports each time Paprika finishes a lesson! So, I know exactly what she’s completed, and how well she’s doing with each skill. It’s great because she can be mostly independent with the program, and I can check in on her progress as needed. This gives her a lot of freedom and autonomy, which I love.
4) Free Trial Period:
TypeKids offers a Free Trial for the first three lessons, so you can try before you buy! That is so important to me because you just never know what will click with your child. Paprika tried the first three lessons, and she was hooked. I loved that she could try it out before we committed to a full program.
1) The Pricing Structure:
I LOVE this program. I just don’t love how the subscription model works. The cost is a bit pricey for me, and then it’s only good for one child. There is a sibling discount, but it’s still more expensive than some of the other typing programs we’ve used. Even so, it’s a GREAT program and I think about all the money I’ve wasted on other programs that didn’t work (or the time we wasted with free programs) – so sometimes, you get what you pay for. I wish that they had a monthly subscription model that was less expensive and that the user license covered more that one student.
2) You Can’t Repeat Lessons:
Once you’ve finished a lesson, you can’t go back and repeat or re-do it. Paprika would have liked to repeat a few of the lessons where her skills were weak in the beginning, and I think that she should be allowed to start over if she’d like! That was frustrating for us both.
TypeKids is a phenomenal, engaging and fun typing program! I think Paprika (9) is at an ideal age for it. She’s been happily learning to type, which is a life skill I am SO glad she’s gaining now. Back when I was little, we waited until high school to learn to type. Now, kids are expected to type much earlier – and with Paprika’s goals of being an author, I think learning to type is crucial for her to fulfill her goals!
I am so happy with this program, I will probably buy a copy for Ginger (6) when she’s a little older. We love it that much!
Here is a YouTube Video about TypeKids, in case you’d like to check it out!
Disclosure: My daughter, Paprika, received a complimentary review login to TypeKids.