Bringing Back The Typewriter for Your Child

My senior high school had an emphasis on business, and we had intensive accounting and typing practice. I vividly remember typing classes back in high school. I also remember the classroom; it was a large room filled with rows of typewriters on long desks with chairs in front of each. All typewriters had black tape on each key to cover the letters.

We had to memorize the typewriter’s keyboard and use all of our fingers to type, and we were tested all the time. The teacher would dictate a letter; we had to type it and ensure there were no mistakes. Back in school typing wasn’t my favourite class, in fact, it was pretty stressful.  However, I am now grateful to have learned to type that way. I am a super fast typer nowadays, and I never have to look down at the keyboard.

The school ended up with a computer lab, typewriters became obsolete and I haven’t used one again. Well,  not until this week when I found a typewriter in mint condition for $40 on Craigslist and ended up purchasing it for our son.

Bringing Back The Typewriter for Your Child

Our seven-year-old saw a typewriter for the first time at a little craft store in Victoria, BC last summer, and since then he has not forgotten about it. He then watched a YouTube clip showing some young kids trying typewriters, and he kept asking about my own experiences with typewriters, etc.

My son loves writing stories, he enjoys putting together little comics and mini books, and he loves typing. He borrows my laptop sometimes and types/prints them.  Letting him use my laptop isn’t my favourite, I don’t like that the computer is connected to the Internet and he can access any website, so I am always supervising when he is using it. Besides, laptops are delicate, and I worry about him dropping it or accidentally cracking the screen, etc.

Buying him his own laptop, without connecting it to the internet isn’t an option for us right now. I believe he is too young for that and any laptop would be too delicate.

Enter, the typewriter.

Yes, he loves it!

I like that he now keeps the typewriter in his room, all he needed to get started was a new ribbon with fresh ink, some blank paper and that was it. Typewriters are pretty durable beasts and inexpensive, so I don’t have to worry about him breaking an expensive computer. And, best of all, no screen and no internet to worry about.

Bringing Back The Typewriter for Your Child

There is something truly beautiful and personal about typewriters as well, putting your thoughts into paper, instant, without a screen or delete keys to erase anything. Unique too, as no two papers will look the same after typing them.

Last night he started writing a chapter book, mind you, each chapter is just a few paragraphs, but it is all a good start. I love that having the typewriter in his room is an invitation to create and I enjoy hearing the sound the keys make when he types coming from his room. It is nice knowing that he is practising his spelling and learning to type at the same time.

Have you ever used a typewriter? Do you still own one?

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

11 responses to “Bringing Back The Typewriter for Your Child”

  1. I love this idea! My daughter enjoys coming up with her own stories too 🙂

  2. I love typewriters and really enjoyed going to class in high school, it’s been a long time since I’ve used one!

  3. I learned to type on one of these so I love this idea! Keeping it real for the kids.

  4. I learned to type on one and used them at my job for years(was happy when the computer came around so I could correct my errors before I printed and not have to retype the whole page. Great way to start you kids with.

  5. I so despised typing class lol and I swore I would never ever have a job where typing was involved. But at one point in my working life, I worked in a newspaper library and typing was key. At that point, I was thankful that I had some typing skills. But I really really did not like my typing class and I even had typing nightmares lol.

  6. What a great idea! We didn’t have to do typing when I was in school – although I think it was still an elective.

  7. This is a great idea!!

  8. This is all true as in high school we had a typing class. I hated it at first but as time when on and I got better l loved it. That class helped me learn how to type on a computer and helped when l was at my jobs with the computer.

  9. Such a great idea! I’ve always wanted to use a typewriter as a kid!

  10. I think this is a great idea, such an advantage when you can type. Two of my daughters learnt in school and haven’t looked back since. I had to teach myself and I’m not too bad at it and it certainly helps when you’re on a computer to get things written much faster.

  11. This is an awesome idea

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