Mavis Beacon and Eveyln Wood

by Sherry Riter in Memory,Mom,Product

Education is priceless.

I feel so fortunate to have received a quality education and that I have been able to provide the same for my daughter.

As we prepare for Alyssa to begin her junior year of high school, it takes me back to my own childhood and I remember that familiar experience of buying new crayons (I love to smell all the crayons in the box with all of their tips sharp and pointed), having Mom sew new clothes and receiving new books at school which I carried in my “book bag” and not a backpack. I loved and still love school and educated intelligence. I love the process of learning and having the light bulb suddenly go off in my brain. Helping to cultivate a love for learning is one of the best things we can do for our children especially in the fast-paced world they will be in as adults.

I took typing in high school and just loved it. The methodical sound of the typewriter keys making a steady click, click, click which was echoed throughout the room by other typewriters. That clicking is a relaxing sound to me which is why I insist on keeping my old computer keyboard – I refuse to have a silent key pad. Learning to type is like riding a bicycle – once you learn, you do not forget. However, if you do not learn the basics of typing, how can you improve upon them?

As school begins and you are in the throes of school rules and education, I have three suggestions:

Encourage your children to take typing classes when they are available and if they are not, buy Mavis Beacon. The animated woman actually makes typing interesting and it is a positive, upbeat program.

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing® Deluxe 20

Mavis Beacon the keyboard
games more games

In Secrets, Friends and Sharing I wrote about the opportunity I received in elementary school to have a free speed reading class. If your child has the opportunity to learn speed reading, encourage them to take advantage of the program. Until tonight I did not realize that the education I received back in elementary school, during the dinosaur era, was so expensive. Be prepared for the price when you click the link. The bigger your family, the cheaper it is…If you have eight children and both parents, divide ten into the price and, hey, it isn’t so bad!

Wikipedia provided the background information on the beginning of speed reading which I found to be SO INTERESTING!

    “It was not until the late 1950s that a portable, reliable and ‘handy’ device would be developed as a tool for increasing reading speed. The researcher was a school-teacher named Evelyn Wood. She was committed to understanding why some people were naturally faster at reading than others and was trying to force herself to read very quickly. It is told that while brushing off the pages of the book she had thrown down in despair, she discovered that the sweeping motion of her hand across the page caught the attention of her eyes, and helped them move more smoothly across the page. She then utilized the hand as a pacer, and called it the “Wood Method”, which was renamed to Reading Dynamics in 1958. She coined the term “speed reading.”

Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics® The World Famous Speed-Reading Program

Most importantly, remember that your child is an individual. If you were a straight A, 4.0 student that never had to study, it doesn’t mean that your child will be like you. Do not put unrealistic expectations on your child’s education and learning ability. Everyone learns at a different pace and with a wide assortment of talents. We do not all have to be math whizzes or speak eight languages. “Encouraging words” go a long way with children.

I have a fantastic mother. During my elementary years I remember coming home from school with some kind of math homework and I asked her to help me. It was some kind of “new” math and although she had helped me get the right answer, we had to do it the “new” way or it was counted wrong. She sat down, looked at it, smiled, and told me that she simply did not understand my math and therefore could not help me. I believe she wrote a note for me to take to school the next day and I really have no idea what it said because she said not to read it (yes, I was that kind of child). I remember the teacher was always available for questions and took her time explaining anything I did not understand. I never asked Mom for help after that, but I also didn’t think badly of her either. She encouraged me constantly and told me that I could do or be anything, but that I needed to study hard and make good grades. Then she would always say the magical words…”I believe in you.” Those words were the foundation that I stood on especially when things got tough and I started to feel stupid or fear took over. Needless to say, Mom still hates numbers, however, she has more talent in one finger than I possess in my whole body so she doesn’t really need to know calculus!

Remember your children as individuals. Assist in their education in the way that it is easiest for them to learn and at a speed that enables them to flourish. Most of all, let them know that YOU believe in them. Those words will resonate in their mind and follow them just like that little bowl of Cream of Wheat.

I typed my posting up to this point and then started surfing for a picture of the little kid walking to school with the Cream of Wheat bowl over his head and I couldn’t find it. What I did find on the Cream of Wheat website was a recipe link. I wondered what kind of dishes could be made with Cream of Wheat!

Take a look at these Cream of Wheat recipes.

Cream of Wheat

***Nerd Alert***Did you notice that the Food Fact on the second page changes every time you click the page?! I won’t tell you how long I sat reading it.

“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge,
and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.”

~George Bernard Shaw~


This is the last day that this pink
flashing box will appear on my blog…LOL

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1 Kimberly August 31, 2009 at 4:57 am

I worked in a typing room in college. Cracks me up to see the blank stare when I tell kids that today. Not only did we not have laptops, or personal computers, we had to use typewriters and we had to go to a lab to use them! Typing class was very beneficial to me, they just need to offer it much earlier these days!


2 Tammy Howard August 31, 2009 at 11:16 am

It is SO important to acknowledge that we all learn at different speeds and in different ways.

Our kids get keyboarding in 5th and 6th grade. I think that might be it… They just tend to be better typists, I think, because they are SO tuned in to technology…


3 Debbie August 31, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I do think typing was so beneficial to me. Now, there is only "keyboarding".


4 Genny August 31, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I have to thank you for that typing tip. My daugther is ten and she "hunts and pecks" on the computer. I was JUST saying I needed to find a program to teach her typing.



5 Alicia August 31, 2009 at 10:20 pm

great advice!! i hope she enjoys her junior year!!


6 Navyvet September 1, 2009 at 12:06 am

Alert, this is your mom! Thank you for loving me. I remember the note still. Typing in my day was on typewriters with capped keys and the very first ones We could not wait to progress to the Electric Very proud of you, your child, and your endevors. Thanks for your faith in me as your mom. I sure hope my talen is as you say for I am sewing like crazy woman.


7 Shawn September 1, 2009 at 3:18 am

I took speed reading in Junior High and have felt so lucky! I can read so quickly and sometimes scan over sections that aren't that important to the story, etc.

My kids all LOVE to read—-as I do—and I am so glad that they take after me….


8 Kelly's Ideas September 1, 2009 at 3:59 am

I remember taking typing in the 8th grade – and it's one of the most important skills I have learned….



9 Kelly September 1, 2009 at 4:41 am

I love your reminder that children are individuals. My parents were not perfect (close but not perfect), but they understood this. It was important that all their children did the best they could at school, but they also knew that "our best" would be different for each one.


10 THE ACTORS DIET September 2, 2009 at 4:58 am

i took typing in high school. it was one of my favorite classes!


11 Tammy September 7, 2009 at 12:36 pm

I too loved typing class in high school, actually it was through that venue that I received my first office job. A local charity had called my typing teacher looking for students to enter receipts for a walkathon into their data base and she gave them my name. Voila – first real paying office job the summer of 10th grade.

Another great program geared towards kids to learn typing is "Type To Learn" my daughter really excelled using this, and can type much faster than I can!


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