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Read, Write & Type Online Edition

Ages: 5 - 8
Price: $35.00
Type: Software
By Talking Fingers Inc.



Description

Read Write & Type is uniquely based on saying words and "sounding them out." It integrates phonics, reading, writing, spelling and typing. Children learn to identify the individual sounds in the words they say, link those sounds with letters, and connect both the sounds and the letters with finger strokes on the keyboard. Soon, they are able to type anything they can say and read what they write.

"The aim of this approach is to activate the most efficient pathways in the brain for skilled reading," says Dr. Jeannine Herron, the product's creator. "Skilled readers call upon the left side of the brain—it holds everything the young brain already knows about words and their meanings, because that’s where speech resides. By teaching children to start with speech and construct words as a route to reading, the Read, Write & Type program seeks to activate the left half first, so their earliest reading experience develops the most direct neural routes."

Review Highlights:

We loved reviewing this product. We've never seen any thing like it. I can't tell you for sure how my 7-year-old is doing as of yet, but he is really enjoying the process. I'll be telling my fellow homeschoolers about this one!

My six year old loved the activities and enjoyed the characters! My six year old was completely engaged.

This program has several unusual features. Rather than name the letters by name, they are named by sound, with vowels being initially identified by the short vowels. So that students can move to typing words as soon as possible, the keys are not taught in the usual home row order. Also unusual is that the "anchor keys" are D and K rather than J and F. This might lead to some confusion for young learners as the J and F keys on most keyboards have slightly raised bumps on them.

I like it that even with the first letter, students are encouraged to "write a story" with that one sound. The program combines literacy with keyboarding skills in a very clever way!

I would recommend this product to teachers or parents who wish to combine keyboarding skills with early literacy practice. Extensive research and background materials from the company explain the many benefits of the program. I think it would provide a definite advantage for today's children who will probably be using keyboards as much or more than pencil and paper!

This researched based program is a unique approach to learning phonics, spelling, keyboarding and word processing. Students identify sounds, build words by typing sounds, read, write, then create stories. This is all done with a story teller that advises the student as they move through the program each step of the way.

We loved the fact that is was set on a game platform, this really excited the students and kept them engaged. The students never hinted at being bored and always wanted to play long after I told them that their time was up.

I recommend this to any teacher or homeschooler who is working with younger groups as a supplemental program for reading and phonics. We will use it as a part of our reading curriculum from now on. The "RWT" method is a great way to produce lifelong and immediate, practical skills in our young children.

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Talking Fingers Inc.

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