Pros / Mickey's Typing Adventure emphasizes accuracy and builds speed in young typists with lessons and exercises from familiar Disney characters.
Cons / While the Disney crew are beloved the world over, older students may find this software too youthful.
Verdict / Mickey's Typing Adventure builds typing skills with systematic and structured lessons, creates printable color progress charts and offers plenty of fun for young typists.
The world of Mickey Mouse and his friends cleverly disguises some serious and structured instruction in this typing for kids software. As Mary Poppins might say, this keyboard application for kids exemplifies how "a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down."
Made of 160 lessons and typing tests specifically for kids, this medicine teaches skills such as home-row memorization and proper body positions. They also get a healthy dose of ergonomics, instruction on the numeric keypad and multi-level games that make practice fun.
Gameplay takes place in Typelandia, a medieval cartoon world where Mickey's friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Daisy and Pluto, face a series of challenges while under enchantments. Your kids can rescue them and move through the story using their developing typing skills. The element of fun is evident throughout, but a thorough typing education underlies the curriculum.
This software will teach your kids how to use all of the keys on the keyboard. This typing software primarily emphasizes accuracy, but lessons in speed add to the overall education during the adventure. They will learn the best way to sit while typing, and virtual guide hands show them how to position fingers correctly over the keyboard.
The games help your kids develop useful finger to key skills in an engaging way. Drills in the software test their skill with both hands and individual fingers. Graduated lessons build on each other to solidify everything your kids learn. These lessons begin with strings of words, then sentences and eventually work into paragraphs. Timed typing tests and games offer play at multiple skill levels, so a beginner can start on easy and work up to more advanced challenges.
This software is suitable for very small classrooms or home settings because it permits up to five users on one license. The manufacturer says youngsters up to age 12 are the target audience, but it is unlikely that preteens will want to play this, even if they secretly love Disney. We recommend this software for children as young as 6 years old.
You can customize these lessons and exercises by adjusting sound effects, changing the WPM goals or altering the font. If your child makes a mistake, it shows up in red. The software automatically saves results of timed tests, lessons and other efforts.
For extra improvement, your kids can practice material from popular Disney stories like "Tangled" and "The Lion King," which are sure to keep them typing and interested in the material. These characters play an important role in the game by disguising learning and practice as play. The familiar Disney animation, colorful characters and background keep this keyboard software for kids from being a snooze fest of dreary homework. Your child also gets encouragement along the way for a job well done.
The instruction in Mickey's Typing Adventure is systematic and designed to build upon each new concept your kids learn. Results of any lesson, test or game are available right away, which is always helpful with children who tend not to be especially patient. When your they have finished a lesson, they gets reports immediately showing their words-per-minute (WPM), adjusted WPM and accuracy percentage score on what looks like a piece of medieval parchment.
Your children can see performance results by key, finger, hand and row. As your kids improve as typists, they can set WPM goals and chart progress. They will then find out what the next lesson in the series is. You can print progress reports to see how well your youngsters are doing, as well as certificates of achievement that proudly proclaim your kids successes.
If you run into difficulties with this software, there is a user guide to provide answers, as well as in-application assistance. The manufacturer's website also provides FAQs. If you need more help than that, you can contact the manufacturer by phone or email.
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Your children will not only be motivated to learn touch-typing, but they will no doubt enjoy the process with Mickey's Typing Adventure. The lessons, exercises and tests provide excellent education, but the fact that they are cloaked in a series of Disney adventures makes them far more enjoyable for kids than straightforward drills.