Can You Find Your Way Around a Keyboard?

In this age of computers, keyboarding is an important skill. In school and in workplaces, the ability to type and type quickly helps you to get more work done—and it might even help you land a great job.

For most people, learning to type is simply a matter of practice—as long as you build good habits along the way. If you practice with your fingers in the correct positions, you’ll keep getting faster.

Typing games can make your practice time fun instead of tedious. At Learning Games for Kids we’ve got tons of different keyboarding practice games. There’s one to suit every player’s skill level and style! Here are a few of our favorites:

 

Play Type ItType It: Learn to Type the Home Keys is a great activity to start your finger placement out right. Level one begins with the keys alone while levels two and three include words that can be made of letters on the home key row.

 

Play Type Type RevolutionType Type Revolution puts your typing practice to fun music that you choose, helping you to stay motivated to practice. Timing is key in this letter practice game and after a quick warmup the letters begin to come quickly enough that hunt-n-peck is simply not an option.

 

Keyboarding And TypingIn Speedy Typer players listen for the word to type, so it’s a great spelling activity, too. Practice states, colors, sports, or animals. They’re all fun. The faster you type, the better your score!

 

Think you’ve mastered it? Use Typing Speed Test Try the Typing Speed Testto check your score. The test gives words per minute (WPM) and accuracy percentage. These numbers are great for job seekers to have to add to their resume or prepare for the typing test before the interview.

Look for these and other typing games on LearningGamesforKids.com

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This post was written by admin on February 23, 2015

Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day falls a week from today. What better time to test your knowledge of the former presidents of the United States of America? Learning Games for Kids has games of all levels to put your knowledge to the test.

 

educational card gamePresidents & First Ladies Card Flip challenges players to match the names of presidents with the names of their wives. It’s trickier than it sounds because the first ladies are listed by their maiden names.

 

educational gameAnother great game for testing your knowledge is Match ’Em Up. In one version players choose which Presidents and Vice-Presidents worked together. In another they match the nickname to the president.

 

educational gameNow if you want to get really tricky, try Type It Presidential Inaugurations. You’ll have to guess the year of the inaugurations of several presidents in order to win. This is great for AP History review!

 

If you’re still learning about the presidents, we’ve got learning activities for you, too.

educational gameUnscramble challenges players to spell the names of the presidents by rearranging the letters in their names.

 

 

amphibian spelling gameSpeedy Speller challenges players to quickly spell words while listening to sentences that teach about former presidents. Choose Fun Facts I, II, or III or George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or John Adams. Every game will help you learn as you play!

So bone up on your Presidential Knowledge in honor of Presidents’ Day, and have a little fun with learning!

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This post was written by admin on February 9, 2015

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Could Action Games Be Good for Dyslexic Learners?

Conventional wisdom suggests that screen time should be limited. Many pediatricians, parents, and teachers agree that children need to spend time each day exercising and building their imaginations. It’s important to take time to capture that castle! But one recent study suggests that computer games aren’t all bad, and they might even help learners with attention issues.

Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects ability to read. Many individuals with dyslexia have slower processing speeds for information than individuals who don’t have dyslexia. Some have also been found to have attention issues. Surprisingly, action video games may have a positive effect on attention and processing speed.

A 2013 study from Italy set up individuals with dyslexia up to play action video games. After they played, the subjects of the study were given academic activities to do and  showed a marked increase in processing speeds. . What’s interesting is the games did not teach academic skills but rather required concentration and fast action. Study authors concluded that “this attention improvement can directly translate into better reading abilities”. To see the abstract, click here.

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Do you know a learner with attention issues? Learning Games for Kids has some great classic action games to get their brain moving. Arkanoid, Asteroids, PacMan, and Snake require concentration and quick reactions. Have them play for a while and then do a bit of homework or reading. You might just find it goes more quickly and easily after a few games!

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This post was written by admin on January 26, 2015

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New Games Build Phonics Skills!

Learning to read can be hard, but knowing phonics makes it easier. That’s why our sister site, VocabularySpellingCity recently introduced some brand-new phonics games. Each new game and activity has visual and oral elements to help players connect sounds with letters, syllables, and words. And they all reinforce comprehension, too. They’re a great way to strengthen reading, literacy, and language skills.

TeachMe More gives children a chance to learn new words. In TeachMe More children explore spelling, syllables, sounds, context in a sentence, definition, and part of speech. Buttons allow children to choose what they want to hear or read. Repetition helps children who are learning to read or say new words to learn them quickly.

 

SillyBulls really make learning fun! SillyBulls is the game that helps children learn how to divide words into syllables. Children hear and see each word multiple times. They sort by syllables, say it aloud, and hear a contextually rich sentence, reinforcing vocabulary skills as well.

 

Helping children recognize initial and final sounds in words helps them learn to read. Initial Sound Speller and Final Sound Speller help players focus on these important sounds while having fun. As they play, students learn to connect how the sounds correspond to spelling.

 

These games are a great way to help kids who are learning to read. They’re also fun for adults or kids who are learning to read English! Try them with our pre-made lists. Love them? A premium membership allows you to create your own lists to use with the games. That’s perfect for reading groups, writing workshops, or review!

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This post was written by admin on January 12, 2015

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