My 5 year old, Evie is so excited to be old enough to be included in “school”! She has enjoyed using Read, Write & Type from Talking Fingers Inc. This is an online reading program that teaches way more than reading. Read, Write & Type teaches phonics, spelling, word processing and typing/keyboarding. The program also has special features to teach English as a second language and helps with learning disabilities.
Read, Write & Type has 40 fifteen minute lessons. Each lesson builds on the last one. I like this program because of the wide variety of skills that it teaches. We’ve seen lots of reading programs, but this one includes typing/keyboarding. Read, Write & Type does just what the title suggests, it teaches the student to read, write and type. When we started homeschooling not everyone had a computer in their homes yet and the internet was just born. Wow! Things have changed so much in 18 years! Now everything can be done on a computer and even small children have access to screens that they need typing skills for. My mother still teases me about my typing class in high school. I really didn’t want to take it, but she was insistent that I needed it. I’m so glad that I did. Neither one of us knew how important typing would become as our technology changed. Because of my experience, I encourage my children to learn to type properly. I’m glad there’s can be fun play and not boring timed drills like I had.
Evie was so excited to play this game after trying the demo. She asked over and over when she would get to start it. She calls this the “Booger” game. The green virus named Vexor trys to steal letters from the storyteller charaters writing a story in the game. Students rescue the letters and earn certificates for every 4 that they rescue.
Read, Write & Type is for children 6 to 8 years old. Evie turned 5 in January so she was a little young for the recommended ages. She did like the game, but tired of it before the end of the lesson. She is just learning to read so this was a challenge for her. Even locating the letters on the keyboard was hard for her little fingers. She really did learn a lot, she just needs to take it a little slower right now as she gains confidence in her reading ability. Each lesson she is spending a little more time working on it.
Many other families from the Schoolhouse Review Crew had the opportunity to use this program also. Some used it to help with learning disabilities, some for ESL and others used it with their young children to teach basic language arts. Click on the link below to see what they had to say about Read, Write & Type.