Happily Homeschooling
As the homeschool year winds down, so do our product reviews with the TOS Crew. One of our last two products that we reviewed is from Talking Fingers, called Wordy Qwerty. Wondering what Wordy Qwerty is? My first thought when I read the title was the qwerty key board on my smartphone. Well, it's almost connected :-)

Wordy Qwerty is an online or CD program that encourages children ages 7-9 to increase their reading and writing skills through a series of 20 lessons and activities.
"The overall purpose of Wordy Qwerty: Foundations for Reading and Writing Fluency, is to improve phonological and morphological sensitivity, to develop a deeper understanding of how words are constructed in English, and to provide reading and writing activities with helpful feedback, in order to increase fluency and comprehension in reading and writing." (talkingfingers.com)

Through the 20 lessons, the student will be able to follow the six steps used by Wordy Qwerty:
   1. Patterns  2. Karaoke  3. Recycler  4. Pop-a-Word  5. Write Stories  6. Read Stories

Through these 6 activities, the foundations for fluency are presented helping the student to learn the correct rules of letter sounds, spelling rules, word "outlaws", writing, & reading; All of which will increase comprehension and fluency.

For an in depth explanation of each step and a product tour, click here.

Word Qwerty can be purchased as a Home edition CD for $35 but can alternatively be purchased as an online product. The price does vary depending on number of users and home or school versions. You can click here to see the different pricing categories.

What We Thought: I can truly see the benefits of this program. It is challenging for the student as he/she ventures through the different sections and activities. I like the positive reinforcement offered when the wrong answer is given. I also like that typing skills are developed throughout the program: with finger placement visualized on screen. My son was not overly impressed, though, with the music. It was not his cup of tea. To me, it did seem geared toward the younger user, but it wasn't bad, just not engaging for us. And it did seem to take some time in between each section to load. I did try it on both of our computers and had the same result. But this could also be our server. I think this is where my son lost most interest: waiting. His patience was not great while playing. I had hoped this would be a product that he would benefit from, and I actually will continue to try and have him use it. There are many benefits available for students and I would like him to experience those :)

To try Wordy Qwerty for free, you can go to this online demo. This will offer you a sample of what the programing is all about.

For additional reviews on Wordy Qwerty, click on over to the Crew's site and you will find many more. Talking Fingers does have another product called Read, Write, & Type which was reviewed by a few of my Crewmates. You can read those reviews here.
And remember: I received this product free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew with sole purpose to provide an honest review after using the product. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer


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