Pre-Keys!

by Doc Frog
Lesson Three
Sitting Up and Showing Off

In lesson three the Teacher or Tutor (T) models correct posture at the keyboard and how to position the hands over the number keys.

A. “I am going to show you the best way to sit at the computer.”

T models sitting up straight with feet on the floor. Fingers are held over the number row keys (as you would the home row) with wrists slightly raised (so that a ruler or pencil might rest on top of the wrists).”

B. “My turn; watch me.”

Demonstrate how the smallest, or "pinky" finger of the left hand types the number 1 key. Hold your left pinky over the 1 key and type a row of ones. Next, show how the right pinky types the 0 key and type a row of zeroes. Then, show how “pinky pinky space” types a row of tens.

111111111111

000000000000

10 10 10 10 10 10


"Left Ring Finger on 2 and Right Ring Finger on 9. Ready? Go.”

222222222222

999999999999

29 29 29 29 29 29

9292929292 92


"Left Tall Finger on 3 and Right Tall Finger on 8. "Ready? Go."

333333333333

888888888888

383838383838

838383838383

"Left Pointer Finger on 4 and Right Pointer Finger on 7. "Ready? Go."

444444444444

777777777777

474747474747

747474747474


"Watch how my pointing finger hops over from 4 to 5 and from 7 to 6.

"Left Pointer Finger on 5 and Right Pointer Finger on 6. Ready? Go."

555555555555

666666666666

565656565656

656565656565

C. “Let me ask you a few questions: Which finger do you think is the most important? When we say, "We're number one," which finger do we hold up?"


"That's right, we make a fist and point the pointer finger up to the sky; some call this finger the index finger."

"If we want to really offend someone, then we make a fist and hold up our middle finger. I won't do it now, because I don't want to offend anyone."

"If we want everyone to know that we are engaged or already married, we put a ring on our ring finger, the one next to the pinkey, or smallest finger on the left hand."

"If someone asks you how your life is going, you might say "fine," you might say "great," or you might hold your thumb up. If you want to show, "really great," you can hold two thumbs up."

"So, which finger is the most important when you are keyboarding? Doc Frog would say that the pinky is the most important. Think about it: Both pinky fingers press the Shift keys to make capital letters. The left pinky types the Control, Tab, and Escape keys. The right pinky types the Enter (Windows) or Return (MacIntosh), and Backspace (Windows) or Delete (Mac) keys. Notice how pinky fingers type the 1, the A, the Z, the Zero, and most punctuation keys (except the comma).”


Additional activities:

Repeat lessons One and Two using the correct hand and body positions. Repeat each lesson until each S shows fluency (typing without pausing).

“Now type all possible number combinations using two left hand keys, two right hand keys, and two “both hands” keys; separate numbers by spaces as shown:”

Left hand only: Right hand only:

11 21 31 41 51 66 76 86 96 06

12 22 32 42 52 67 77 87 97 07

13 23 33 43 53 68 78 88 98 08

14 24 34 44 54 69 79 89 99 09

15 25 35 45 55 60 70 80 90 00

Left to right hand: Right to left hand:

16 26 36 46 56 61 71 81 91 01

17 27 37 47 57 62 72 82 92 02

18 28 38 48 58 63 73 83 93 03

19 29 39 49 59 64 74 84 94 04

10 20 30 40 50 65 75 85 95 05

“Students can also practice typing lists of phone numbers, addresses, and dates with spaces, hyphens, slashes, or periods between the numbers. In order to make the parentheses () for the area code in phone numbers, you will need to hold down the Shift key with the left pinkey while pressing the 9 and 0 keys."


E. End the lesson with a speed test on the number keys for 30 seconds. Graph the score.