Monday, October 11, 2010

Read, Write & Type – TOS review


Company:  Talking Fingers

Product:  Read, Write & Type

Price:  $35 for online (1 student)

             $79 for CD version





Typing is one skill that I feel like all children should learn.  Our society is quickly becoming one where people no longer write things.  Letters are no longer hand written and mailed.  We use e-mail and texting to communicate more now than ever. 

Talking Fingers has a program called Read, Write and Type that is a   reading software program that includes phonics, spelling, keyboarding and word processing.   It is geared towards children in kindergarten through third grade, but I have to tell you, my 6th grader even enjoyed this one. 


It uses your children’s “motor memory”.  What does that mean you say?  It’s just a fancy way of saying they use all of the their motor senses when learning.  They will learn phonics because they will connect the phonetic sound with the letter and then use the finger stroke on the keyboard to type it.  They sound out, read, and type each letter and then words.  There is instant feedback so they will not continue to make the same mistakes over and over.  This is one of the things I really liked.  When I taught myself how to type before high school, I had my hands in the wrong position.  Although I could type quickly this way, it was difficult to relearn the correct way.  This will help alleviate that error for my children. 

Another thing I really like is that parents get feedback by viewing and printing detailed reports to see where the children need improvement.  Read, Write and Type will not allow the user to go on until they are ready for the next step.  It has a lot of review where your student can practice skills until they are ready to move on. 

So, if you would like a program to help your little ones learn how to type, I recommend Read, Write and Type by Talking Fingers.  My children didn’t even realize they were learning a valuable skill.   It is available for $35 for the online edition for one student.   The online subscription is for 5 years.   You can also get a CD version for $79.00.  I would recommend this if you have more than one student because the $35 is for only one student. 

Talking Fingers also has a companion pram to go along with Read, image Write and Type called Wordy Querty. This is where your older student (2nd through 4th grade) can go after completing Read, Spell and Write.  It has 20  lessons that include  with fun-to-play games and catchy songs   to help remember spelling rules. You can get More information about Word Querty and Read, Write and Type at Talking Fingers, Inc.

You can read their FAQ here. 

Please check out what the other crew members thought of this software by going to Homeschool Blogger. 

Our family gives Talking Fingers

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Smiley guide:


1 Smiley - Product not really for our family. Probably wouldn’t buy. This really should probably be a frown face but we hate to be negative.

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2 Smileys - Would maybe buy this product if on sale. Not a great fit for our family.

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3 Smileys - We really liked this product and would probably recommend this to friends and fellow homeschoolers.

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4 – Smileys – Definitely would buy this if the budget would allow. We suggest you check this out to see if it is a fit for your family.

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5 Smileys – Would sell the family pets to get this one (just kidding). A must have for our family and we think you should get it too.


Please note that I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion in this review.  No other compensation was provided.   Thank you to TOS Magazine and Talking Fingers for this opportunity.


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