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Friday, May 20, 2011

Wordy Qwerty

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♪♫ C say K....
  but not before E, I, or Y ♫♪

My girls love to sing and I love when they learn something from the jingles they remember. Alaina, age 6, has been using Wordy Qwerty and her favorite part is the spelling rule jingles. Wordy Qwerty has helped her tremendously in her spelling. She is still pretty slow in her reading and the story section has improved her reading comprehension. She likes to get the correct answer the first time so if she wasn't sure which word was correct she would read the sentence again.

In October 2010 I wrote a review on Read, Write and Type from Talking Fingers, Inc. and Wordy Qwerty is a continuation of that program. Read, Write and Type is recommended for children learning to read and Wordy Qwerty is recommended for 2nd and 3rd grades. Both programs correlate with the Language Arts standards for each of the 50 states.

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There are 20 lessons with 6 activities per lesson. Each lesson covers a different spelling rule. The 6 activities work with words for each rule. The activities present the following foundations for fluency:
  1. Some sounds can be represented in several different ways.
  2. Most words follow about 20 easy spelling rules.
  3. There are many word families, (words that sound the same, or rhyme). By changing the first letter(s), you can make hundreds of words.
  4. Some words are "outlaws". They don't follow the rules. They must be recognized quickly and automatically.
  5. Writing to dictation develops vocabulary, comprehension and fluency as well as spelling skills.
  6. Reading (and filling in missing words) develops vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency skills.
The first activity has the child spell a group of words and then they select which sound that letter makes.
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After spelling the group of words there are two little keyboard buddies that explain the spelling rule to the child.
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After the rule is introduced a jingle is sung to the child and then they can click on the microphone to sing karaoke style.
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Another activity has the child choose which word is spelled correctly or click both if they both are correct.
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Next the child finishes typing a sentence and then they are given a story where they choose the missing word.
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Wordy Qwerty for one student is $25.00 with a discount for multiple children or a CD can be purchased for $35.00. If you join the mailing list and answer a few question you can receive a 20% discount on your next order. Your child can try lesson one for free to see how the program works.
Sail on over to read what other Crew members thought about Wordy Qwerty.
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As a member of The Old Schoolhouse Crew I received two one-year subscriptions to Wordy Qwerty in exchange for my review.

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