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I upped the WPM (words per minute) goal for both of my boys on our typing program this week. Back when we started it, the program suggested a starting goal of 15 WPM for the kids. Now, they consistently beat the goal. In fact, this week, Noah did a speed test and came up with 26 WPM.
I told him that I definitely needed to increase his goal. He suggested maybe I should increase it to 16 or 17 WPM then.
“But you just got 26 words per minute, buddy. Why would I do that?” I questioned. “How about 30 words a minute?”
I then had to get a whole earful from both boys about how the speed test gave shorter words. It was much easier to get a higher word count. Noah insisted that 30 was too high. “Who could type that fast? I’ll never type that fast!” he said, in a panic.
We finally agreed on 20 WPM.
Then, however, I had to show him how I did one of the lessons, since I had set myself up as a student when we first installed the software, just to be sure everything was in good working order without skewing their profiles. Since the program knew my typing abilities from when I set up my profile, it threw every horrible thing at me. There were tons of numbers, brackets, and symbols galore. I felt like I typed slower than I had since I was in high school and was first learning touch typing.
My score was 47 WPM. A speed test later came up at 84 WPM. Noah’s eyes were wide and I assured him that he would, indeed, one day type more than 30 WPM.
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I put off taking typing in high school and was perfectly happy with my quick hunting and pecking method for typing. My junior year, I finally broke down so that my Mom would stop pestering me about it and signed up for a year-long keyboarding class.
You see, my parents never talked to me about my schedule in high school at all. I made my own choices, and we just never talked about it. But, that darn keyboarding class came up over and over, but I continually declined the suggestions.
Of course, mothers often know best, don’t they. Thanks to my Mom for pushing on that one. It has been the single most useful class that I took in high school.
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Wait. That can’t really be right, can it?
No, I think I have to go with my English-types of classes, which included four years of Honors English, two years on the newspaper (which was a class at my high school), and creative writing.
But, that keyboarding class is still pretty high up on the list.
What do you think was your most useful class in high school?
~ 4 ~
Do you know what a really good brother look like?
~ 5 ~
I have an embarrassing confession.
I got a new computer just under two weeks ago because the graphics/video card on my current computer was slowing going out over the course of many months (and Eric was unable to find an appropriate replacement). I paid for said new computer on a credit card that I use for business stuff, and I actually already managed to pay it off in that short amount of time. Bonus!
Eric sweetly set it all up for me. He took a ton of time installing things, and then I spent several hours organizing the messy filing system on the old laptop so that I could start all fresh.
So, here’s the thing that is embarrassing and is getting to the point where I think it is making Eric sad…
I have yet to use the new computer. I continue to use the one that my hands are on right now, even though I sometimes run into a problem where everything on the screen looks funky and I have to scroll around to make it look right again.
Eric finally just put it in another room. He said it was depressing to him to see it sitting out, but not being used. Tonight, I finally promised that by the end of the weekend, I’ll be on the new computer.
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I thought it would have been funny to put the computer out and have Molly using it when Eric got home one night, but that seemed too annoying and mean.
It would have been kind of funny though too.
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We officially have eleven days of school left for this school year, and I can’t decide who is more anxious for us to be done – them or me. In all honesty, I think it’s me.
We don’t have any big summer time plans, but I think we’ll be keeping busy. I’m just hoping that we manage to get some downtime! I really, really need it.