As homeschooling parents, it can be a blessing to live in this day and age where software is so readily available to help you teach your child everything and anything they need to know. But sometimes it can be hard to find quality software, and it is usually almost impossible to find software that focuses on more than one subject at a time, meaning all that learning is compartmentalized. But what if a program existed that covered several essential skills at the same time? And what if that product was award winning, high quality, and most importantly, really fun to play?
Well that program does exist, and it’s called Read, Write & Type! Read, Write & Type is designed for students in grades K-3 and is different from traditional reading, writing, or typing programs in so many ways. First, it was developed by a neuropsychologist and is specifically geared toward how the young brain learns. Because of that, it has multiple “safety nets” to ensure success to students at any ability level. Second, it is based on the idea of developing “motor memory” to allow students to use all their senses to learn phonics and at the same time immediately connect those phonetic sounds with a letter and a finger stroke on the keyboard. So students learn to sound out, read, and type any word they can say. Children get instant feedback to correct their errors, and parents can view and print detailed reports to see what areas children excel in, and what areas they might need more work in. The program will not let them advance without being ready for the next step, and has built in review “stations” where students practice skills until they are ready to progress. Read, Write & Type can even be used by students for whom English is a second language, and it currently features built-in help and instructions in Spanish, Arabic, and Bahasa-Melayu, with more languages to come soon.
While Read, Write & Type has been around for quite a while in CD form, Read, Write & Type Online premiered in 2009. It was the online version that members of the Crew received to review. Read, Write & Type Online pricing varies depending on the number of users, but it starts at $35 for one student.
Talking Fingers, Inc. also has a companion product for Read, Write & Type called Wordy Querty. Wordy Querty is for students in grades 2-4 and focuses on spelling rules and frequently repeated patterns in words. More information about both products can be found at Talking Fingers, Inc.
Read below to check out what the members of the TOS Crew had to say about their experiences with Read, Write & Type.
Special thanks to First Mate Amy from One Blessed Mamma for writing this post.