We had so much fun with our first Talking Fingers program, that when we found out we would get to try Talking Fingers Word Qwerty we just couldn’t wait. My son signed in and started “playing”, and as I listened and observed, I was very happy with what I was seeing. The same company that helped him learn proper finger placement on the qwerty keyboard and helped with his reading skills was now helping him learn to spell and write short stories!
Through a variety of interactive games and exercises, Word Qwerty teaches spelling rules and tricks, such as looking for patterns. Catchy songs help children remember them. As is explained on the website, “Wordy Qwerty – Foundations for Reading and Writing Fluency, takes 7-9 year olds through the next steps of reading and writing fluency, and picks up where our award-winning software, the Read, Write & Type Learning System leaves off.”
Students learn about spelling rules, word families and “outlaws” (words that don’t follow the rules). Next comes the spelling challenge – students hear a word and have to spell it correctly and put it in the right box. The program prompts the student if he misspells the word.
Then students are shown a few sentences, hear them read, and are challenged to write them as they are read back to them. Parents can sign in and monitor student progress at any time.
Talking Fingers offers a FREE demo download for Word Qwerty. The pricing for Word Qwerty online Home Edition is as follows: 1 user $25, 2 users $40, 3/$52.50, 4/$60, 5/$71.25. CD version Home Edition $35; K-4 Reading Bundle which includes Word Qwerty, Read Write Type and other goodies CD version Home Edition $99.
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We received a limited license to Word Qwerty online, in order to use and evaluate this product in our homeschool classroom. No other compensation was received for this review.