Typin’ Tyootorrrial

September 5, 2008 @ 6:34 am | Filed under: ,

This quiet blog must make it obvious I’m still taking it slow and easy after last week’s excitement. We’ve kept mostly to home, except for piano lessons. Our old high-tide mood is upon us, has been for a couple of weeks, so there are lots of read-alouds and lively discussions going on (this I can do from the sofa!), and Jane is in love with a giant tome on chemistry, and Beanie and Rose are elbowing each other for FlashMath turns on my iPod Touch, unaware that this game is nothing but math drills. I guess if it’s on the Touch, it’s automatically fun?

Yesterday Beanie asked for a turn on the computer to play “the typing game,” which means the Mavis Beacon typing tutorial CD-rom. Jane hunted it up for her. But I think she might enjoy this new discovery even more: the BBC’s online Dance Mat Typing site. I found the link at Educating Emme. Personally, I’m a little mixed on these lessons—the whole rock-and-roller goat thing wears thin very quickly. I mean, he’s a goat. On the other hand, I love his Scottish accent. On his tongue, banal phrases like “use either of your thumbs on the space bar” become delightful dialogue.

On the other hand, he’s a goat.

(And his cartoon hands—a goat with hands?—in the keyboard demos: shudder.)

But I guarantee Beanie’s gonna love it.

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    Jennifer says:

    I agree. I think even a goat with a Scottish accent would be mesmerizing.
    We used to spend our boring summer hours on typing tutorials. I’m an excellent typist now because of that. Except oh my heavens! There was a major typo in that last sentence. And that will be the last time I brag on myself. Ah, anyway. Happy Firdae Lissa! Hee, hee.

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    Beck says:

    I think that game would be pretty perfect for MY girl. I’ll check it out with her tonight!

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    Katya says:

    I dunno… the Octopus annoys me WAY more than the goat. My son LOVES this… he will stay up past his bedtime playing it… and his touch typing is improving dramatically. So I try to tune out the characters…

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    Jennifer says:

    Just wanted to let you know – Lucy LOVES this. I bribe her with typing time now. Thanks for the tip.