Friday, May 20, 2011

TOS Review: Talking Fingers-Wordy Qwerty

Wordy Querty is a computer program by Talking Fingers designed for 2nd and 3rd graders to teach phonetic spelling. It is the sequel to the award winning program, Read, Write and Type designed by the same company. A collection of 20 lessons, the student is taken through a fun way to learn the spelling rules. 

My boys enjoy most computer games and Wordy Querty was no exception. I personally thought that the graphics (talking keyboards) were a bit dated-looking and cheesy, but they appealed to my boys who enjoyed watching the keyboards talk and move around.
The program also didn't seem to move as quickly as I wanted to, but I think that was to solidify the rules before moving on to another rule or activity. Some parts were a bit of a challenge for both of them to get through since they did not manipulate the mouse as quickly as they needed to go on to the next level.

When each lesson is completed, a song is created to help remember the rule. The songs are available on a separate audio CD, Jingle Spells, which is included with the purchase of the Home Program. You can also purchase the CD separately for $10. Listen to a few MP3s of the songs or purchase on iTunes!

Would you like to try out Wordy Querty for yourself? An free online demo is available for you to see if Wordy Querty is right for you. A 20% discount is available as well by joining the mailing list and answering a few questions.

Overall, I would have to give Wordy Querty a thumbs-up since my boys (and their cousin who happened to be visiting one day) enjoyed it. Furthermore, when they burst into song throughout the day singing the catchy little songs about spelling, I know they are at least thinking about it in some way. Anything with music appeals to Music Man and I am always making up songs to help him remember things. I will most likely order the CD since I don't have to make them up myself!!

System Requirements
Mac: OS9 with CarbonLib or OSX Windows: 98, SE, 2000, XP

Also requires QuickTime 6 (included) or greater.

What's It Gonna Cost Me? 
Wordy Querty Home Version (program, user binder and Jingle Spells CD) $35.00

Wordy Querty & Read, Write and Type Learning System $99.00

Jingle Spells audio CD $10.00
Don't forget about the 20% discount for joining the newsletter list

Legal Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew I received a two month trial of Word Querty free of charge for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.


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