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TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Individual Software Inc. has created the ultimate children's typing application in Typing Instructor for Kids. This colorful and engaging program earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award because it delivers all the factors that comprise outstanding typing for kids software.

From an entertaining island adventure theme to dozens of typing games, Typing Instructor for Kids will keep your youngsters motivated while teaching them valuable keyboarding skills.

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Lessons & Drills
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9.8/10
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Typing Instructor for Kids guides children on an exciting adventure through the five lands of the fictitious Typer Island on a quest to capture a castle. Along the way, they complete lessons, tests and game challenges to learn proper touch-typing skills. Young typists capture the castle at the end, which comes once they master all of the keys at their words-per-minute (WPM) goal.

With more than 160 lessons for kids and 30 fun typing games, Typing Instructor for Kids teaches proficiency over the entire keyboard, including the 10-key numeric keypad.

This typing software for kids provides graduated lessons, which means they become progressively more difficult and build on the skills and keys taught in previous lessons. For example, a lesson might begin by teaching single keystrokes and gradually progress to letter chains, words and eventually entire sentences. There are also timed typing tests and advanced lessons to further build your child's typing accuracy and speed.

The application uses visual guides and virtual hands to teach proper finger positions and movement. This type of visual learning is essential to keyboarding for kids; it enables them to see correct typing movement so that they can mimic and then implement that behavior.

One thing missing from this otherwise outstanding software application is an initial skills assessment typing test. Some children may already have some keyboarding experience from school. An initial skills assessment would allow them to begin at a point in the program that is on par with their current skill set, rather than starting at the beginning. 

Features
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Children as young as six can use this application. One great benefit is that Typing Instructor for Kids allows up to five users on the program per license, while most typing applications are limited to a single user. Each child creates a login, and the software tracks his or her individual progress.

Once you install the typing program on your computer, the software's typing tutors, Tobo Typer and Lafitte the talking parrot, will introduce your child to the premise of the game and the application as a whole. Helpful instructions explain what your child needs to accomplish with every keyboarding activity.

Typing Instructor Kids delivers an array of supplementary features that allow you to tailor the program for your child's needs. You can input a specific WPM goal for your child to work toward, and you also can adjust the font size and color so your youngster can more easily read text on the screen.

One fun feature is the fact that you can select sounds to play whenever your child strikes an incorrect key. This helps increase typing accuracy and will help your children be aware of any typing mistakes they make – but in an entertaining way.

The software also includes more than 40 practice texts, ranging from nursery rhymes to classic children's literature. Not only does this provide interesting material to keep kids focused, but it can also indirectly help children improve their reading skills.

This application would be better if parents could create custom lessons or materials for typing practice. However, the software's curriculum is so comprehensive that this small drawback is not especially significant.

Progress Reporting
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Typing Instructor for Kids makes it remarkably easy to track your child's progress. The application provides in-depth progress statistics that enable you to see where your child is excelling and where they might need additional keyboarding practice. For example, the software provides performance assessments by finger, hand, key and row. It also displays typing results after each typing exercise, test and lesson is completed. These results include an accuracy percentage and adjusted WPM rate.

All the typing results are printable, and you can even print certificates of achievement. While this is not essential to kids typing software, these options are useful and can be powerfully motivating for your children. These kinds of tangible incentives tend to go a long way toward keeping kids typing.

Printable reports and certificates of achievement let your child see how he or she is doing, and your youngster can proudly share these motivating documents with others, including teachers.

Help & Support
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This kids typing software has a helpful user manual that you can access directly in the application. It provides clear, comprehensible instructions and detailed images. If you have questions outside the parameters of the manual, Individual Software provides technical support via telephone, email and an online support form.

You will also find a FAQs section, product registration and software updates on the manufacturer's website. Be sure to register your copy of Typing Instructor for Kids so that you can access Individual Software's free technical support options.

Typing Instructor for Kids Summary:
9.9/10

Combining enjoyable games with effective typing drills, Typing Instructor for Kids is the best keyboarding software for kids on the market. Its animated interface and age-appropriate content make the learning process enjoyable and entertaining for little ones.

Its comprehensive curriculum helps children of all ages fully grasp the essential life skill of touch-typing. Additionally, your children can proudly display their progress reports and certificates of achievement once they have reached certain goals.

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Typing Instructor for Kids 5.0

Pros
Typing Instructor for Kids offers age-appropriate, graduated typing lessons and dozens of typing games that will help your children learn to touch-type, even if they are quite young.

Cons
Although you can input personalized performance goals, the software does not offer an initial skills assessment.

The Verdict
: 9.85/10

Typing Instructor for Kids is the best kid's typing software on the market, with appealing images and games and a thoughtfully produced curriculum.