Monday, October 11, 2010

Read, Write, & Type! Learning System by Talking Fingers

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Photobucket Read, Write, & Type! Learning System by Talking Fingers is a software based system that teaches your child phonics, spelling, and typing.  Designed for grades K-3 and classroom tested for more than ten years, this program utilizes methods from both whole language and phonics and is the result of much research on brain development. It is multi-sensory, appeals to more than one learning style, and (the biggie for me!) it's colorful and fun to use.

My youngest is eight and already reading fluently, so I can't comment on the effectiveness of the reading instruction.  I can say that it appears to be a well thought out and enjoyable program.  It is a bright and colorful world.  The characters are engaging and it seems fairly easy to use.

We decided to use it as typing practice and I learned a valuable lesson.  This can not be independent work for my eight year old, as typing practice with only two fingers is. . . uh . . . a waste of time at best.  Sigh.  Back to square one but that's not the program's fault!

Read, Write & Type! seems to be a great option for learning to read and with the technology of today, learning keyboarding skills along with reading seems like a wise idea.  The software is available in both CD format and as an online program.  The TOS Crew received the online version for review.  This starts at $35 per student, but varies depending on the number of users.

Talking Fingers also produces Wordy Qwerty for 2nd and 3rd graders.  This picks up where Read, Write & Type! leaves off and concentrates on spelling and word construction.  A free demo is available on their site.

*Disclosure: I received a subscription to this software at no cost, for review purposes.  To read more reviews of this product, check out the TOS Crew site.*

1 comment:

Kerry said...

I recommend this to my homeschooling friends all the time. It worked so, so well with my younger son who is a visual learner. I just appreciate how it aims at the whole child.

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