- 80 typing exercises (with a very nice visual chart to keep track of how many have been completed)
- an oral dictation section
- amusing Garfield themed practice texts
- an ergonomics section, on proper posture, and arm positioning.
- three different "helper" characters to choose from - Garfield, Odie, or Arlene
- improvement exercises for perceived week points.
- 2 typing games - the children have tried them, but are not crazy about them.
- a smart feature, that keeps track of your typing performance in your other computer applications - like email, or word processing. We simply have never turned that feature on.
In the past, we've used Jump Start Typing, and found it frustrating. But, this program is encouraging, and the children are not only improving their typing skills, they are enjoying the process. In fact, I decided to go ahead with this review, yesterday, when my daughter asked if she could play with the program "just for fun".
If your children are a little younger, and you're not sure if they're ready for typing, there is a free online program by the BBC, called Dance Mat Typing, that I can also recommend. It's not as extensive as Garfield Typing Pal, but it's good for an introduction, and the kids enjoyed it, too.
It's great to be a homeschooler.