Home Row Keys
Got your fingers warmed up and ready roll? Here we go Kids Mat Typing – Level 1 Stage 1 is going to test how hot you are on the middle row of keys (known as the home row) – think of it as a gentle warm up for what’s to come.
Typing Stage 1
E & I Keys
it’s time to take on two extra letters in addition to the home row: E and I. Sound simple enough? Well before you get too carried away, this second stage is the first real test of ensuring both hands stick to their own sides of the key board.
Typing Stage 2
R & U Keys
Hold on tight and prepare to step your tapping up a gear – stage three will build on your now impressive typing skills by throwing in two more letters – R and U. How will you fare now that you have 13 letters to handle, plus the semi colon.
Typing Stage 3
T & Y Keys
Now? We should really fill out the key board a bit more, and this time, we add T and Y to the mix. This stage will help you learn to cover more ground, get used to the essential vowels of E, R, U, and I and flex those fingers, ensuring that your left and right hands are covering their respective keys
Typing Stage 4
W & O Keys
so it’s a good time for a little reminder of all you’ve learnt. Just like every stage of Dance Mat typing, first you’ll run through all you’ve learned so far, then you’ll swiftly move onwards - adding the letters of W (a task for the left hand) and O (a letter for the right hand). Prepare to perfect your flow!
Typing Stage 5
Q & P Keys
Before you do your halfway victory dance, we’ve got one final challenge to complete that top row – Q and P. This is going to stretch out your hands and test your flexibility – your right will work its stuff from the semi-colon to the P, with your left hand stretching from A to Q.
Typing Stage 6
V & M Keys
Here’s where it gets serious. V and M are right there – sitting on the bottom row, and you need to get to grips with them before moving on to cover more letters down there. By the end of this round, your left hand will have F, G, R, T and V under control, with your pointing finger owning J, H, U, Y and M (and of course, we’ll start off easy – reminding you of what’s been covered so far.
Typing Stage 7
B & N Keys
Completed stages 1 to 7? Here you’ll continue your type touch challenge by working on the bottom row, adding B and N to the V and M covered during stage 7. By the end of this stage you should be getting your hands around a total of six letters each – with your left and pointer finger covering F, G, R, T, V and B, and your right tapping away over J, H, U, Y, M and N.
Typing Stage 8
C & , Keys
Since stage one you’ve mastered semi colon, so now it’s time to introduce another symbol & comma as well as the letter C. You’ve come a long way, typing cadet – and at this stage you’ve almost covered the bottom row, so sit back, tap away and get the practice in now as the next stage will complete the bottom row presenting a tough test for the skills you’ve developed so far.
Typing Stage 9
X & . Keys
your final pitstop before moving onwards and upwards to punctuation marks. During this stage you’ll tackle two new keys on X, and ,. Make no mistake, by the end of this stage you’re going to be perfecting your finger placements; X will be tapped by the finger that sits on the S (the same finger that covers W ), and your right hand pinky finger will handle.
Typing Stage 10
Z & / Keys
just 1 stage to go until you become a fully-fledged, touch typing expert. You’ve overcome trials, you’ve completed tests you never thought you would, now for the final hurdle. Here you’ll tap away on the almost-complete keyboard, adding / and Z, hitting the full-stop with your left hand finger and tapping the slash with your right hand pinky.Now you're mastered all rows.
Typing Stage 11
Shift Keys
Congrats, space cadet! You’ve almost made it – this is the 12th and final level in your touch-typing education – YOU, ARE, AMAZING. For this last stage you’re really going to see it all come together. Here you’ll develop your hands for grappling with the shift keys (the keys that are critical for capitalising, quickly, and accessing symbols such as “, £ and $).
Typing Stage 12
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