Friday, May 20, 2011

Word Qwerty - review

A couple of months ago Steve and I were discussing how hard it is to teach someone to read and then to spell. There are so many rules and exceptions to rules to learn. Fortunately, Paul seem to learn how to read effortlessly. I do think some of that is just natural ability and some of it comes from him being exposed to a plethora of books since birth. By the time he was old enough to hold a book he loved them and early on he had a favorite..."Barnyard Dance" by Sandra Boynton was his absolute favorite book from about 4 months until 16-18 months. I can still quote the entire book. You would think that because of this natural love of reading he would also naturally be a good speller. Well, for him, that is definitely not the case. We have tried various different methods of teaching Paul the rules for spelling, but nothing has really stuck with him, until now.

At the beginning of our school year we reviewed a product called Talking Fingers (go here to see my review of that program). Word Qwerty is a follow up to that program. The program is geared for 2nd and 3rd grade students but could be used for slightly older or even younger kiddos if needed. It is also reasonably priced For one student it is $35. You can go here to see other pricing options for multiple students. There is also a free demo so you can try it before you buy.


Word Qwerty is an online, interactive program that teaches the rules of spelling as well as patterns in words and takes some of the mystery out of spelling. There are 20 different spelling rules taught, you can see which ones are taught here.

Just as Talking Fingers was a hit a few months ago Word Qwerty has also been a success in our home. Paul enjoys playing it and, more importantly he is learning from it. We officially finished our school year a few weeks ago but Word Qwerty is on our list of things to continue through the summer.

Make sure and check out what other crew members had to say here.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion of the program. No other compensating was given for this review, and the above is my honest opinion.

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