Lesson 1:  Home Row keysa s d fj k l ;

Read the paragraphs Position Points and Finger Positions.  Practice typing the letters to be learned.  It is okay to look at the keys during this preview time.  Place the mouse pointer into the practice box, left click, and begin typing.  Keep eyes on monitor screen and keyboard chart.

Do not worry about errors as you type.  Observing your typing errors by you and your teacher is an important step toward learning to type and improving accuracy.

Correcting errors with Backspace, left arrow,  or Delete key serves no useful purpose and will hinder your keyboard learning.  Correcting errors with Backspace or Delete key is for word processing - not for learning the keyboard.  Typing errors cannot be corrected using backspace, delete, or arrow keys.

Position Points
Sit up straight in your chair with YOUR back against back of chair
Both feet flat on the floor -- no legs crossed
Eyes on the screen as you type -- not on the keys

Finger Positions
Place hands on middle row of the letter keys - called home row keys
Left hand:  Little finger on letter A - next finger on letter S - next finger on letter D and then F
Right hand:  Little finger on semi-colon ; - next finger on letter L next finger on letter K and then J
Practice placing hands onto the home row without pressing a key and without looking at the keys

Curve the fingers with palms raised.  Do not let your palms touch the desktop.

Either thumb presses the SPACE BAR.  Right thumb is traditionally used but left thumb is okay.


Press the ENTER KEY at the end of each line.  Move only right little finger - not the entire right hand.



Practice Lesson 1 Home Rowa s d fj k l ;
Line numbers are not typed.  Press ENTER at end of each line. 
Typing errors cannot be corrected.  Choose to type and complete at least one lesson during each class period.

 1  ff jj dd kk ss ll aa ;; fjdksla; ff jj dd kk ss ll aa ;; fjdksla; 
 2  fad; fad; ask; ask; lad; lad; dad dad sad sad fad ask lad dad sad
 3  as; as; fall; fall; alas alas flask flask as; as; fall alas flask
 4  ff; aaa; ddd; fad; fad; aaa; sss; kkk ask ask fff aaa ddd fad ask
 5  aaa; lll; lll all all sss aaa ddd sad sad aaa lll all sss aaa sad
 6  lad all das sad jalas jalas jads fall fasad alas dad dad sal lass
 7  all ala alas alas; f fa fal fall falls alas lass fall falls salas
 8  jak las lass lass; f fl fla flas flask flak alla; sallak; dallas;

Have your teacher review this lesson with you when finished.
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