We may all agree that touch-typing is critical in modern careers, even those taking people far outside an office or lab or shop or store. We have the TuxTyping program on our Linux desktop computers. Working on their own, students then report lessons taken and typing speed to teacher Lou Ellen Kay.
Handwriting in cursive is essential to taking legible notes quickly, for classes here, for classes in students’ next schools, and in almost any career. Students learn the modern cursive (D’Nealian) from extensive writing on worksheets that teacher Lou Ellen Kay monitors.
Scheduling for these two subjects is informal – students who have unassigned periods in the week take these classes in those periods. Students who have no breaks, such as some middle-schoolers, work on these after class or else have learned them in prior years.