Connecting the Science of Reading with Typing and Spelling

Multi-Sensory Touch Typing Club:

Summer small group  and individualized lessons at HGA. Composition or “writing” is one of the most demanding and difficult literacy tasks for most people.

As a result, typing fluency and accuracy is an essential tool for all of us. It is also a common classroom accommodation. Everything we do at HGA is aligned with the Science of Reading* and teaching typing is no different. Our small group classes are taught by literacy experts. Our instruction is informed and beneficial for all learners.

Effective Design

Learning how to touch type is liberating for students who struggle with handwriting and spelling.  Our goal is to teach students to type with automaticity and accuracy, freeing up their working memory for composition. Each student will be given an initial assessment to determine their current skill (if they type currently) and an individual entry level.  Novices will all start at the beginning for their particular age and grade. The key to touch typing success is consistent and continual practice. Learning to type takes a lot of concentration and practice. Short, frequent practice is the key to mastery and motivation.

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Not Just Typing

Transcription skills (Handwriting, typing and spelling) are the foundation for composition. Building the foundation correctly will prevent further difficulty as the demand for writing ramps up. Spelling is integrated into all of the modules, based on the body of research that supports how spelling develops in reading brains across the grades.  This constant repetition allows the information to be transferred from short-term to long-term memory. Progress monitoring of accuracy and mastery is ongoing to make sure students are truly learning to touch type.

Convenient Scheduling

Pick the 4 week combination that works with your student’s summer schedule. It is recommended that students attend in-person, small group, sessions twice a week for 30 minutes, when they are in town.  The available times for in-person sessions are before and after camps  so summer activities are not interrupted.

All students will be given a login for consistent practice and for when they  are not able to attend in-person.  We will monitor and assign practice modules daily or weekly and remotely when needed. Weekly communication with the instructor is mandatory for progress monitoring of typing and spelling whether it is in-person or remote. Once enrolled, a student can continue individualized instruction all year long if desired.


Holly Graves & Associates, Inc.

3773 Cherry Creek N. Dr.  Ptarmigan Bldg. east tower-suite 925

(Colorado Blvd. and Alameda: Across the street from Super Target in Glendale)

Cost:  $400 for 4 weeks

  • Monday/Wednesday:  7:30-8:00 or 8:00-8:30
  • Tuesday/Thursday:       3:30-4:00 or 4:00-4:30

Pick any combination of available weeks for a 4 week package. 

June 2023

  • 6/5 – 6/8
  • 6/12 – 6/15
  • 6/19 – 6/22

July 2023

  • 7/3-7/7 (no 4th)
  • 7/10 – 7/13
  • 7/17 – 7/20

August 2023

  • 7/31 – 8/3
  • 8/7 – 8/10
  • 8/14 – 8/17

Class Size:  one instructor per 4 students

Grades 2-5.    Two  in-person classes weekly for children grades 2-5 and 3 days of remote practice.

Grades 6-8.   Weekly instructor check-in remotely or in-person. The instructor will monitor the completion of online practice and assign new modules.

A student can progress as fast or as slow as needed because it is individualized. We can send practice lessons for as many days of the week as desired or not at all.  Home practice can be as little as 5-10 minutes on the non-in-person days. Home practice  is recommended for a minimum of 2 days a week. We do the monitoring and the reinforcement so it does not become your problem.

The Science of Reading is a vast, interdisciplinary body of scientifically-based research about reading and issues related to reading and writing.

“The research has been conducted over the last five decades across the world, and it is derived from thousands of studies conducted in multiple languages.  The science of reading has culminated in a preponderance of evidence to inform how proficient reading and writing develop; why some have difficulty; and how we can most effectively assess and teach and, therefore, improve student outcomes through prevention of and intervention for reading difficulties.”-The Reading League 2023