Title: Read, Write, and Type
Vendor: Talking Fingers
Target Ages: ages 6-9
Format: On-Line
Price: begins at $35 for a home program single user, additional users and school options available

Disguised as a video game, this program teaches reading, writing, and typing all at the same time. The student is battling "Vexor" -- a virus within the program's fantasy land. He is trying to steal the letters from their homes on the keyboard. The letters represent the characters of a story. If Vexor steals the characters, there will be no story. As the student helps to get the letters away from Vexor, he is learning where letters belong on the keyboard and what sounds they make. As the student saves more and more letters, he is able to read and write more words.

The Queen’s Overall Assessment:
We loved this program! The prince had been asking to learn to type. Since he isn't much of a gamer and hasn't had much computer experience, I thought this might be a challenge for him. He jumped right at it, and asked for more!

I think that his reading fluency has improved. I like that the program refers to the letters by their sound and not their letter name. This helps the student learn to reach for the sound that he needs to spell the word. At one point, I had to step away. When I came back, the prince had accumulated two letters for E. I asked why and he said, "because it says 'EEEE' and 'EH'."

There is instant feedback for the student. If the program asks him to spell a word and it is misspelled, it gives another chance to spell it correctly before moving on. If he needs the word repeated, there is an icon to click on for the pronouciation of the word. So, if little sister is making too much noise to hear it the first time, all is not lost.

There is also feedback for the parent and/or teacher. The administrative section gives scores for different categories of learning. 

See a free demo of the Read, Write, and Type program here.  Scroll down on that page for a 20% discount offer.

Be sure to check out the other reviews at The Homeschool Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: This was a review of my experience with the product described. I tried to give a complete and honest assessment. In order to review the product, I received free access to the site with no additional compensation. This in no way influenced my review of the product. The opinions expressed are my own and were not affected or edited by anyone prior to publishing.

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date Monday, October 11, 2010

3 comments to “Read, Write, and Type Review”

  1. Monica
    October 11, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    My girls loved the program too. I liked that fact that it taught them how to type and finger placement! Dropping by from the Crew.

  1. Vickie
    October 13, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    I thought for sure I already followed you????? Anyway, following now. Great review!

  1. Jacob
    November 5, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Would love to try this, my oldest is 6 so it'd be perfect!

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