Friday, May 20, 2011

Word Qwerty - A Review

Wordy QwertyProduct:  Word Qwerty

Price:  $25 for a 5 year subscription for 1 student, $40 for 2 students

Age Range:  2nd - 3rd grade

To Purchase:  Store

Company:  Talking Fingers, Inc.

Other Products:  Read, Write, & Type
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Brief Intro:  (from 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.
After successfully completing Read, Write & Type!, most 6-7 year olds are able to write any word they can say. But they may not spell them all correctly, because they need to know a bit more about spelling conventions and about how words are constructed in English. This is where Wordy Qwerty comes in. In 20 consecutive lessons, woven together with fun-to-play games and delightful songs that will stay in their heads (and an audio CD they can play in the car or on their audio CD player).

In-Depth Look:

My daughter is 9 and in 3rd grade.  She can use some help with spelling skills.  She reads very well.  But with unfamiliar words, she still spells using phonics.  You know . . . spelling it just like it sounds.  Sometimes this works.  Sometimes it doesn't.

I was glad for the opportunity to review a fun online program that helps teach spelling rules for the younger set.  WordQwerty is that program.  It consists of 20 lessons.  These 20 lessons cover the following spelling rules.







This game is geared for 7-9 year olds.  Those who are reading well, but could still use some help with their spelling.  All those tricky things like which words start with C and which ones start with K.  Or which words end with -TCH and which just end with -CH.

I found it to be very user-friendly, walking you through the 20 lessons one-by-one.  A child can easily sit down and use the program independently.   It is colorful and engaging.  The spelling rule songs are catchy.

It seems like a fun program to use that can really help cement the most common and useful spelling rules.

What did my daughter think?  She felt it was too young for her and that she already knew most of what it was teaching her.  But although she complained just a teeny bit when it was time to practice, I caught her many times singing along to the catchy spelling songs.  Sometimes I even caught her dancing around and singing them.  So in my opinion, it had her attention.  I think it has been a help to her.

Have your child try out the free demo.

Read more reviews here.

Disclaimer: I received this online program free of charge to review, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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