As part of the Old Schoolhouse Crew I was given the privilege of reviewing Talking Fingers new Word Qwerty Online Edition.
This fun on-line program teaches children ages 7-9, “ 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.” (From the website.)
The stars of the show are the computer keyboard Qwerty and his Baritone sidekick Midi.
There are 20 lessons to this program, each lessons has 6 activities.
Here’s a video from YouTube that explains the different activities with visuals.
Blue-Raspberry really, really enjoys this program. It satisfies his “need” to play on the computer and it makes me happy that he is learning something. Of the different activities, his favorite was the pop-a-word arcade game and the karaoke. He also loved seeing what new things were added to the music machine as he progressed through the lessons.
Here’s Bubble Gum trying out the program. She’s only 6, she did enjoy it, but couldn’t do it completely independently.
Personally, I didn’t like the music/songs so much and I honestly didn’t think Blue-Raspberry would either. I was wrong about that though, the songs were catchy enough to get stuck in his head and he continued singing the different phonic rules songs throughout the day!
If you want to try it out for yourself, to see if it’s a good fit for your family, you can try the first lesson for free here.
Subscriptions prices vary depending on how many licenses you need. Go here to see the specifics. They also offer a CD version for $35.00.
To see what other homeschoolers thought, visit the Crew Blog!
Disclaimer: I was given a subscription to Word Qwerty in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid.