Even after months of testing out different online products, the boys still enjoy finding something new. I don’t mind it so long as the product is helping them learn new skills or master ones that need extra attention.
Last Fall, D (with R occasionally looking over his shoulder) tested out Talking Fingers’ online Read, Write and Type program. He enjoyed it for the most part and R sometimes asked why HE didn’t get his own user to try it out.
Well, this spring the two boys have had the opportunity to test out the next ‘step’ after Read, Write and Type… Wordy Querty!
This product has 20 levels for the child to complete with each teaching important spelling rules with fun games and catchy songs. Those levels have six different activities that engage the elementary child.
Curious about what ‘rules’ are covered?
By comparing words, the student can help internalize the spelling rules:
Here’s an example of a rule being taught through rhyme and song:
The other steps continue to build from these with the child ultimately spending time writing and reading.
One of the boys’ favorite part is the Pop A Word. They have to quickly recognize the target word and ‘pop’ the balloon labeled with it.
The only complaint (if you want one) for this program is that they indicate a grade level (2-4.) As R is still spelling below grade level, this has been a great product to reinforce rules he knows and help him cement them in his brain. Like many kids, however, R is a little self-conscious about doing work deemed ‘below’ his grade level. Thankfully, he was having enough fun mastering the early levels to keep working and show just how much he does know.
All in all, I am happy to have something that reinforces what I’ve done with them in an independent fashion. The boys are now motivated to finish all 20 levels. (Maybe it is something about ‘winning’ and boys…)
Wordy Qwerty home edition is available directly through Talking Fingers for $35. You’ll receive a parent guide, the software on CD and a jingle CD that your child can listen to away from the computer. We received the online version of the software which provides 5 years access with pricing beginning at $35 and going up as you add on users. While I often prefer products that are ‘physical’, when it comes to educational software like this one I am favoring the online feature. That way your child can access it from pretty much any computer so long as you have internet access.
Disclaimer ~ Our family was provided with two licenses for the online version of Wordy Qwerty for the purpose of writing this review. No other compensation was provided and the opinions expressed are our own. You can see what the other TOS Crewmates have to say about this product by visiting the TOS Homeschool Crew blog.