The development of Dance Mat Typing Level 2, as well as other two levels in this game, was determined by the need to inculcate typing skills in children at a young age. Learning how to type is no longer a matter of choice but a necessary skill to succeed in life and at work. Typing skills are necessary not only for adults — kids also require them to excel academically and in their social lives. Dance Mat Typing games aim at not only making the user know how to type but also at making him or her magnificent at it.
Dance Mat Typing game is one of the most popular of typing games because it takes children through an easy to follow step-by-step tutorial that is divided into three levels with each of them further sub-divided into three stages. The first level lays the foundation by teaching users about the home row of the keyboard while Level 2 builds up on this. For a better understanding of Level 2 (that is more detailed than the exercises offered in the previous level), it is important for parents to ensure that children grasp the first level.
What Is Learnt on Level 2
Dance Mat Typing Level 2 introduces more keys to the user, explains how to place fingers on the keys, how to shift fingers from one key to the other and also gives some exercises for the child to practice how to type words with these keys. Although this level is easy to comprehend, it is assumed that the user has already gone through all the stages of Level 1 and so some basic things are left out. However, it starts by briefly reviewing the stages of Level 1 just to remind kids what they learned in the previous level and to prepare them for the new lessons to follow.
Level 2 is divided into three stages namely Stage 4, Stage 5, and Stage 6, with each of the stage introducing the user to something new. In general, Level 2 focuses on the keyboard row that is exactly above the home row. This upper row consists of the keys “q, w, e, r, t, y, u, i, o and p”. However some of the key here(e, r, u and i) are covered in level 1 and so very little about them will be taught at this level and the user will only encounter them in the exercises.
This level starts with Stage 4 that introduces the keys t and y to the user. Just like in the previous stages, Level 1 Stage 4 begins by reviewing what was taught in the stages that precede it. It is important for the user to know how to use e, r, u and i keys taught in level 1 since they are in the upper row that this level focuses on. The t and y that are the focus of this stage will be easy to learn provided the user remembers what was taught at Level 1. Since key t rests on the left side of the keyboard, it will be operated by the left hand while y will be operated by the right hand as it is on the right side of the keyboard. Also, note that the two keys should be operated by pointer fingers.
Stage 5 focuses on teaching the user how to work with w and o keys. At this stage, the user should already know how to use the home row keys and all but four of the keys in the upper row. It is important to know how to use the home row keys and the other upper row keys to be able to advance to this stage, and so it begins with a review of what has already been taught. Stage 5 then teaches how to use two (w and o) of the remaining four. The two keys are further to the sides with w being on the left and o on the right side. Therefore, the w key will be hit with your left hand while the o key is hit with your right hand using the ring fingers that should be resting on s and l in the home row.
The last stage in this level is Stage 6, and it teaches the user how to type q and p that are on the extreme left and right of the upper row. The q key is the first alphabet in the upper row while the p key is the last in the row and so they should be operated with the left hand and right hand respectively. Before the user gets to the fun of learning how to type the two keys, he or she will first be taken through a review of everything learnt so far. The two keys should be pushed with the pinky fingers with the left pinky moving upwards from a to q and the right pinky moves from the semicolon to hit p. This is the last stage in Level 2 but at this point of the game the user will have learnt a lot, and he will be able to type many words comfortably as he will have covered two-thirds of the Dance Mat Typing game.
Tips for Mastering Level 2 Games of Dance Mat Typing Course
- The user should understand the three stages of Level 1 as this is the only way that they can master this level. Just like other programs that are offered in stages, grasping a preceding stage makes the following one easy to learn.
- Do as much practice as possible. This game provides the user with many exercises and the more you do them, the more you get to understand things better. Tasks from the previous stages will also be important as they will sharpen typing skills and help increase typing speed.
- Patience and the willingness to learn will also be essential to master the level. This game is fun to play, but kids are not very patient, and so this may affect their speed of learning. You can make your children patient by letting them choose their own time to use these programs.
- Lastly, consistency also makes mastering this level and all the other levels easier. The more you play, the better you become at the game, and hence, the more you become proficient in typing.