Preparing students with 21st century life skills can be a challenge! The world is changing rapidly, and skills that were not needed until much later in life in our generation are now needed at earlier ages. In particular, keyboarding skills are a vital and necessary component of a student’s preparedness for school and life in today’s world.
How Our University-Model® Helps
Because of our University Model®, our students and families have many choices to make as they travel through elementary school. A popular option we offer is student choice in electives. In traditional five day a week schools, it is the school who determines what electives a student must take to gain necessary skills. At Cornerstone, the student gets to pick!
Our Technology Expectations
Our goal for our elementary students is that by third grade, students will have mastered basic keyboarding skills. We were surprised to realize this spring that a good number of third through sixth graders do not have those basic keyboarding skills.
This summer, we are asking all students, grades 1-6, to spend time working from home to learn keyboarding. There are lots of free programs available online, and most include a certificate of proficiency at the end, based on the student’s grade level. Expectations for a second grader would be very different than the expectation for a sixth grader. However, all our elementary students need to begin the process of learning basic keyboarding to be adequately prepared for school and life in the 21st century.
Which Program to Use?
You may choose any program you’d like to use. Google will provide links to lots of free choices. One that we recommend is Ratatype. You can access it by clicking on the button below. You'll find exercises where students can prep for a test and then they can print off a certificate of completion!
Below is a great article that you may enjoy reading on the “why” of keyboarding skills for elementary students.
So, no more hunting and pecking! While still enjoying all the summer fun of vacations, the pool, baseball, and the beach, please give your child the opportunity to practice keyboarding. While learning to type on a keyboard isn’t the most exciting of assignments, it is a necessary skill that can only be learned by practice and drill.