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Any, Preschool Typing Program Recommendations
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s243a

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct 2018, 14:56    Post subject:  Any, Preschool Typing Program Recommendations  

My 2 1/2 year old (3 around christmass) likes to type on the keyboard and when she does I tell her what letter she is typing. abiword works better for this than libreoffice because there are less shortcut keys in abiword.

What I would like is a program as folllows:
1. It has a text box for typing (no short cut keys) and is about 48 font.

2. It has a second box above the typing text box that will randomly grab the letter she is typing. It will then Highlight the upper case letter and say the name of the upper case letter, highlight the lower case letter and then say the name of the lower case letter. Finally once it is done saying the upper case letter it would do a short pause and then say the name of the last letter she typed in the way I described above.

Some variations that could be done with this are it could give some example words for the letter or make some of the phonics sounds.

Other thinks it might do is highlight where the letter is that it is saying on the keyboard is located while it says it.

I will google for preschool aps for linux but maybe someone knows one like the above that I'm defining.
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s243a

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct 2018, 15:11    Post subject:  

Having preschool or kindergarden in my search isn't helping much.

This search seems more fuitful:

"narrated touch typing program linux" -- duck duck go image search

Here is one result:


https://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Home-Education/Touch-Typing-Deluxe.shtml
(duck duck go view)
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct 2018, 20:31    Post subject: Preschool typing  

FWIW, Garfield's Typing Pal was given a Platinum rating by WineHQ. It's not free, ($29 p/y) but there's a free trial version.

Not to drive you or your daughter nuts, just something to think about. The Qwerty keyboard was designed to slow typists so that mechanical typewriter keys wouldn't jam: the most frequently used keys are assigned to the weakest fingers among other 'design flaws' . The Dvorak keyboard was developed once key-jamming was no longer a problem --at least with the advent of electronic typewriters, but certainly with computer keyboards. Some schools now teach it. But it didn't 'catch on'. Some applications can't use it, and others may have keyboard shortcuts which can't be reassigned. There's a significant learning curve faced by anyone attempting to switch between them. Recently a 3rd option has surfaced, the colemak keyboard. As I understand it, it is more efficient than qwerty, but differs by only a few key-placements. Colemak comes installed by default with most modern distributions, and doesn't require any download.

Open a terminal window
Type: setxkbmap us -variant colemak

For further info: https://colemak.com/Unix

Of course, the symbols on the physical keyboard will be wrong. But than, there's this: https://www.ebay.com/i/190434073545?chn=ps
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PostPosted: Sat 20 Oct 2018, 10:19    Post subject:  

A new day, a fresh mind:

"If you’re looking for the best educational software for kids, GCompris should be your starting point." https://www.maketecheasier.com/5-best-linux-software-packages-for-kids/. There's a good chance that a version could be built for any "Ubuntu" based Puppies from Tahrpup on: https://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=gcompris

But I haven't had breakfast yet. Will continue here later.

Back after breakfast. Having re-read your OP, I think you've forgotten that your daughter is not even 3 years old and you're looking for ways to efficiently accomplish an objective. Working efficiently is just that: work. And work is hard. The attention span of a child is short. There's a reason I keep finding games for pre-schoolers. Games are activities we do because they are fun. Being fun, they hold our attention. We learn without realizing we are learning.

I was my grandparents' first grandchild. I'm not sure my grandfather knew what to do with me. By the 3rd grade, maybe before, I had learned math fundamentals. So the game he played was to verbally present a series of numbers interspersed with math operators to which I was to respond with the resulting number, having done the calculations "in my head". The pace quickened with practice. Since it was a game, I looked forward to playing it. I remained one of the top math students through high school. And because I was good at it, I explored elements of math (later boolean algebra) on my own.

Tux Typing – typing tutor designed for children. "Two Games; for each game different languages can be selected as a source for the words:
Fish Cascade – control Tux as he searches for fish to eat. Fish fall from the top of the screen. These fish have letters on them. Unfortunately for Tux, eating a fish with a letter on it will cause his stomach to become ill, so it is up to you to help Tux eat fish.
Comet Zap – comets come from space and can hit buildings form the city where Tux is guarding. Pressing the letters that appear on the comets tells Tux which one he should obliterate with it’s laser beam."https://www.linuxlinks.com/TuxTyping/

Available here, https://sourceforge.net/projects/tuxtype/ and here, https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tuxtype

Maybe more later, but I've got to run.
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PostPosted: Sun 21 Oct 2018, 06:05    Post subject:  

@ s243a:-

"Sugar on a stick", perhaps?

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/83446.html

Just an idea, like.....


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PostPosted: Wed 24 Oct 2018, 19:52    Post subject:  

mikeslr wrote:


Tux Typing – typing tutor designed for children. "Two Games; for each game different languages can be selected as a source for the words:
Fish Cascade – control Tux as he searches for fish to eat. Fish fall from the top of the screen. These fish have letters on them. Unfortunately for Tux, eating a fish with a letter on it will cause his stomach to become ill, so it is up to you to help Tux eat fish.
Comet Zap – comets come from space and can hit buildings form the city where Tux is guarding. Pressing the letters that appear on the comets tells Tux which one he should obliterate with it’s laser beam."https://www.linuxlinks.com/TuxTyping/

Available here, https://sourceforge.net/projects/tuxtype/ and here, https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tuxtype

Maybe more later, but I've got to run.


I tried the Tux typing one with her. The fish one is too hard because she has to get the whole word. The one where she shoots stuff is almost easy enough since you can get one letter at a time but you still need to shoot them in order. For her age I'd rather the order didn't matter. Instead I'd rather it just shoot whatever letter she types.
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