Touch Typing

Touch Typing

I am a self-taught touch typer and as a result I am still far from speedy. As a self-employed entrepreneur with home educated kids, learning to touch type felt like an essential skill for them to learn. We started the journey with a free online version which the kids persevered with but it was tedious – even I found it boring. So after an extensive google search I discovered English Type. There is lots I have liked about the programme:

  • One payment covers one household
  • No monthly cost, just up front £29.95 which compared to many options is cheap
  • Engaging – the kids love it
  • Level-based learning which unlocks typing games as you go
  • Easy to use
  • When we need to upgrade one laptop the English Type team were quick to respond to our request for the key to download it again.

My kids started using the programme 2 years ago just before lockdown when they were 9 and 12 and they are proficient now. As with all skills, it still requires practice and the odd reminder to choose the tough type. However, the foundational skills are there I highly rate the programme.

  • 8-10 years | 10-12 years | 12+ years
  • £29.95 for one household, one payment
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Codakid – Learning to Code Through Gaming Platforms

Codakid – Learning to Code Through Gaming Platforms

All three of my children use Codakid. It is a platform that allows kids to learn to code using scratch, python, minecraft and roblox. The kids watch videos and work through the levels at their own pace. They enjoy the learning and it is amazing to see what they create. I am not able to code at all and so find the support Codakid offers invaluable. We are regulars with messaging in and asking questions when we have hit a problem. The team at times as well connect and ‘take control remotely’ of our programme and troubleshoot when we are in a real mess! This is so helpful.

I am grateful my kids have the opportunity to learn this new language in a fun way. Every so often Codakid offer great discounts on their courses – that was how we were able to sign up all three of my kids. They also offer you the ability to try it for free which I always find helpful!

  • Lots of options
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