Posted by: blessedw4 | October 12, 2010

Talking Fingers: Read, Write, and Type!

Have you ever wanted to combine learning to read, write, and type all at once? If so, you’ll want to check out the website: www.talkingfingers.com 

Read Write & Type - Educational Reading Software Program

The Read, Write and Type! Learning System

Read, Write, and Type! is the flagship program for the Talking Fingers website, and we were given online access to this program, in order to review it. In a nutshell, your child gets to play a video game with a bad guy who steals letters and your child is the “hero” who gets them back. As they are playing, they are learning to read, type, and later write. Learning is always so much more fun when you’re playing, don’t you agree? The graphics are bright and colorful and the sounds are very kid appealing, although, you might opt for your child to wear headphones if you don’t want to listen along all day. :o)

Here are a few steps of the process, as per the website: 

“1. Children begin by connecting each sound with a friendly keyboard storyteller. The keyboard storytellers present their phonemes, their place on the keyboard, and their favorite stories. Children learn how new sounds come alive when 2 letters team up, like “aw” or “sh”.

2. Children then look at a picture, identify the sounds in each word, and type the letter or pair of letters that make up each sound. Forty beginning, middle, and ending speech sounds are linked to their place on the keyboard.

Step 2 (click for larger image)

3. Children begin to build words by typing sounds. No other program combines the sounds of phonics with correct finger placement, so children easily learn to type the sounds they hear.”

Step 3 (click for larger image)

From that point, children begin to put all these skills together and write stories! There are several more steps in the process, and you can continue reading them here: http://www.talkingfingers.com/product_tour/tour3.html  

Read, Write, and Type is geared for K-3rd graders, or 6-9 year olds, and I think that age is right on target. It can also be used for ESL students and for students/children with learning disabilities. The customer service is great and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have before purchasing and after as well. The cost of the online product is $35 for one user and goes up from there. There is also a CD option, which might work well for larger families.

I have to say, that I have not had my daughter try it out much yet. We are on dial-up, and so it requires a trip to the library for us, and that just hasn’t been working well over these weeks, so I cannot honestly give you any opinions of how she likes and uses it. I do plan to have her get going very soon, so look for an update in a month or so, as we play and learn ourselves.

Click here to download a FREE sample:

New Demo

I highly recommend that you click below  to see what my other crewmates are saying about Talking Fingers-I’m sure you’ll learn a lot.  http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolcrew/783204/

Thank you, Talking Fingers for offering a fun and educational product!

Disclaimer:  *The author’s honest review and opinions are entirely her own. This product was provided to the author for free as a member of the 2010-2011 The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew. No further compensation was received.*

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