Talking Fingers is described as “Revolutionary reading software that includes phonics, spelling, keyboarding and word processing.”
To be honest, when I first logged my five year old into the program, I was a bit put off by the talking hands.
BUT, after working through the program and seeing how it actually works, how interactive it is and how appealing it is to my daughter, I have to say, this program is a winner.
Last year, I reviewed a few great programs. One was a typing program. One was a phonics program. They were both good. But, I want to say that this is different, better. This program manages to effectively teach several things at the same time.
With this program, my daughter is learning to type, and learning phonics, reading…spelling. AND, she wants to do all these difficult things, mainly because she is involved in the story.
What story? Well, the program for Talking Fingers incorporates a storyline. Your child will be fighting off a bad little green guy, and making plenty of friends (one for each letter of the alphabet) while working through all their lessons.
I was surprised how into the lessons/game my daughter got! The plot and experience definitely appeal to a 5 year old.
From time to time, she has gotten a bit frustrated—mainly because this work is not easy—this is a serious learning program. She has to use the correct fingers for typing, and listen and sound out things…and she is in the beginning levels.
Yesterday, just when she was the most frustrated, she managed to pass a “level” and then got an award certificate to print out. This certificate had a couple of her favorite characters, and she was so proud!
If you have a child about 5 or older, I recommend trying out this program. You can find a link to try 8 free lessons or just a sample here: http://www.talkingfingers.com/online-demo/.
After poking around a little, I found out that Talking Fingers was “Founded in 1982 by neuropsychologist Dr. Jeannine Herron, Talking Fingers has based its software development on many years of research on how the young brain learns. In addition, the software is field-tested extensively in California schools.”
The Talking Fingers program is also correlated to State Standards.
Also, If you join their mailing list, you can get 20% off of your order.
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I received Talking Fingers online lessons for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.