Learn to Read, Write & Type with Talking Fingers (Crew Review)
About Talking Fingers
As the title implies, Read, Write & Type is more than just a typing program. It is designed for students ages 6-8 who are learning to put together letter sounds to form words, so they’re working on multiple skills simultaneously. Through colorful animation and a fun story line, they work through 10 levels to defeat a “virus” who’s causing trouble. Along the way they practice letter and sound recognition, spelling, and correct finger placement on the keyboard.
Elijah (6) is within the target age range for Read, Write & Type, so I decided to use it with him. He’s already a strong reader, so he didn’t really need that aspect of the program, but I was intrigued by the prospect of helping him learn to type. He got started and didn’t want to stop! Even within the first half hour, I could see that this was going to be really helpful. Eli’s very comfortable on computers, but he’s always used the “hunt and peck” method when it came to typing. Right away Read, Write & Type had him holding his hands in the proper position and using specific fingers to type each letter. The repetition helped develop the muscle memory he needed to make the motion automatic (though I did have to remind him a few times to think use the correct hand/finger).
We had a little bit of trouble when using Read, Write & Type on our newest computer running Windows 10. For some reason when using the Chrome browser we were sometimes unable to type the letters required, so we just switched to the Edge browser and continued with no trouble. (We didn’t have issues with Chrome on any other computer, just that one.)
I can’t really say how the program works for students just learning to read, but I could see it being a wonderful tool because it introduces each sound individually and repeats it throughout the lesson. When it comes to typing, however, both my boys had a lot of fun and I could see definite improvement. It makes so much sense to teach typing at the same time as learning to read, and I just may have to try Arianna on it when she seems ready. I’m already considering moving the boys on to Wordy Qwerty, the sequel to Read, Write & Type, designed for 7-9 year olds.