The program basically takes part in a "town." Here, there are a bunch of places for kids to learn. Learning sites include:
- Video Store (Identify middle sounds)
- Fair Booth (Identify ending sound)
- Movie Theatre (Identify beginning sounds)
- Power Foundation (Practice speed & accuracy)
- E-mail Tower (Write & receive virtual e-mail)
- The Park (Blend sounds together)
- Story Tree (Type a story)
- Hall of Fame (See certificates of progress)
- Fandasa's House (Left handed storytellers)
- Jack's House (Right handed storytellers)
Each time your child logs in, the program remembers where they are and simply picks up at the next place. In addition, they can browse the town and play different games as they would like as well. In our case, I received two licenses for the program, and each of my boys was given their own unique username and password. I am able to check in on how they are doing through my teacher log-in and see what they are accomplishing, struggling in, or excelling at. I can even control the time period that they are on each day or the days of the week they can play). You can set up your own pass level percentage as well and change it at any time.
So how does the program work? Basically Read, Write & Type is a revolutionary reading software which includes phonics, spelling, keyboarding, and word processing. They have special features for students with learning disabilities (LD), reading difficulties, or ESL. (We did not use these aspects of the program.)
The program is designed to help children learn to hear individual sounds in words and associate those sounds with a finger stroke on the keyboard. In addition, children are using their eyes, ears, mouths, and fingers. As homeschool moms, we are all about different learning styles. But do we really know how to reach our children with their particular learning style? The colorful characters, games, animations, and music help keep students engaged and motivated. (They really do!)
Here are a few more screen shots to hopefully show you what you are missing!