I had a worker stop paying attention to correct finger placement with ds for typing and I totally stopped letting her do it. I don't see the point of working on it if he's just gonna hunt and peck.
With my dd, I finally switched her over to Dvorak (a different keyboard layout) so she couldn't hunt and peck. It's WAY more ergonomic and sensible for layout. You can type tons and tons of words, full sentences, never leaving the home row. No need for fudgy fingers to hunt and peck when it's so much better laid out.
Your ds is a bit young yet to pay and push, but my dd was 12 or 13-ish when I finally did. And I paid big time. Like now, with inflation, you'd have to pay $2 per wpm. I paid $1 per wpm for her highest score any month where she increased by 5. But that was Dvorak, no pecking. Oh, and I put her on a user account on the computer so it was locked down, only Dvorak, which she couldn't change without a password, and I gave her email (motivator).
With my ds, who also seems to be doom and gloom on this, I'm doing Dvorak but having to work around his rigidity. I made a velcro letter puzzle using a jpg of the Dvorak layout. We've been practicing typing words on that. For him it's super super hard because he has to think through the spelling and the motor planning. I covered the keys of the laptop with washi tape and he ripped the tapes off in a fit, which trashed an hour of work on my part. I haven't gotten it redone, sigh. My rouse there was that the tape was to color code for finger placement. So my letter tabs are color coded, not just blanks and the same. So pinky letters all match, ring finger letters all match, middle finger letters all match, power up (pointer) finger letters all match. And that's on the puzzle and the washi tape.
Or just whiteout the keyboard.
Like really, I just feel like hunt and peck is worthless at this age. But I have no illusions that it could be bad. I tried for years with my dd and it was only that combination of age plus readiness plus extreme motivator (like literally, she earned enough for half an ipad).
And no, my kid didn't like me when I made her switch. My dh thought it was crazy too. But it worked. I wanted her functional, and she went from 13-15 wpm pecking to 35-40 within a few months. But that was older than your ds, on a much better layout (Dvorak), with the extreme motivators. But I was really like the Nasty Mom for a while there in their minds.
Edited by OhElizabeth, 11 October 2017 - 04:48 PM.