Wordy Querty supports reading and writing fluency for young readers, through fun computer gaming. The software is a part of the Talking Fingers program.
Although Wordy Querty was new to us, I am familiar with the Talking Fingers website and program, as we have used Read, Write & Type, the first component of the program, for a bit over a year now. My daughter enjoys working with that program. You can read my Read, Write & Type review to find out more about that level of Talking Fingers.
As we like RW&T, I was pleased to try out Wordy Querty. We played the games (lessons) online and it was easy to just go online and login. The program picks up where RW&T ends and offers 20 lessons, with 6 activities per lesson. The lessons are based upon developing reading fluency in students ages 7-10, by understanding and using these core concepts:
- Some sounds can be represented in several different ways.
- Most words follow about 20 easy spelling rules.
- There are many word families, (words that sound the same, or rhyme). By changing the first letter(s), you can make hundreds of words.
- Some words are “outlaws”. They don’t follow the rules. They must be recognized quickly and automatically.
- Writing to dictation develops vocabulary, comprehension and fluency as well as spelling skills.
- Reading (and filling in missing words) develops vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency skills.
There are six types of games and then the overall “game” in which the kids eventually complete a music machine with the help of their friendly robots.
Take a look at the website to see the games and how each one improves reading fluency. My favorite was the Recycler, but Em likes the Pop-a-Word best.
I thought the games were great, silly and useful and colorful….and I was disappointed that at times they were too challenging for my little one. However, she is not at the recommended age level, so I suppose that could have been expected.
I will definitely continue to let her play the games she enjoys as we finish up RW&T. I do think Wordy Querty is a great way to let kids play around with spelling and just become more familiar with how words work in a fun way. Parents may enjoy the fact that students can work on this completely independently.
If you have a beginning reader—whether a quick or slow learner—this may be a great way to improve their reading and spelling fluency through a bit of daily gaming! I think the price is very reasonable with Wordy Qwerty available as an online subscription of $25 for one subscription, or $35 for the Home CD version. There are other pricing options, see here.
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I received an online subscription to Wordy Querty through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.