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Touch-Type Read and Spell

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Ages: 7+
Grade Levels: 2nd+

Product Code: 786-TTRS

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Please note: When you purchase this program, you are purchasing a one-year subscription to TTRS. Please see How TTRS Is Delivered below for more information.

What is TTRS?
TTRS stands for Touch-type Read and Spell. We know of no other program like TTRS that teaches typing skills while so thoroughly reinforcing phonics. Research confirms that TTRS is beneficial for typing students, beginning or struggling readers and spellers, and students with dyslexia or visual impairment.

TTRS for Touch-Typing
TTRS is a straightforward, step-by-step course for learning touch-typing. No frills, no distracting peripheral graphics, just simple typing instruction. The lessons are understandable and incremental, designed so your child can experience rapid, continuing success.

TTRS for Phonics
While TTRS does not explicitly teach phonics, it reinforces and practices phonics comprehensively and methodically. TTRS begins by teaching the student how to touch-type and read “a, e, i, o, u.” Next, it begins teaching simple words through what is called “onset and rime” – in other words, through word families; for example, fed, wed, led. Throughout the course, the words slowly and systematically increase in complexity, just as they do in phonics-based reading and spelling programs.

TTRS for Dyslexia
TTRS is used by dyslexia associations worldwide, including the British Dyslexia Association, and it is beneficial for students with dyslexia in a variety of ways.

First, many students with dyslexia or visual impairment find it easier to type than to handwrite. Thus, learning touch-typing will allow students to express their thoughts, stories, or assigned schoolwork without becoming bogged down and distracted by handwriting and letter formation.

Second, some students with dyslexia struggle with their short-term memory. Since TTRS teaches through extensive repetition, it is ideal for helping students retain more phonics and typing skills long term.

Third, because touch-typing is by nature hands-on, it is effective for students who are kinesthetic learners and those who benefit from a multi-sensory approach. As they hear the letters and words spoken through the headphones or speakers, see the letters and words printed on the screen and the on-screen keyboard that demonstrates which fingers to use for each key, and touch the keys with their fingers, students will get a well-rounded multi-sensory approach to reading and spelling. Or, as TTRS puts it, they will learn to “spell with their fingers.”

How Do I Know if I Should Buy TTRS?
TTRS may be a great solution for your family if any of the below statements are true about your family:

“I want my child to learn typing, and he needs something straightforward and non-distracting.”

“My child is learning to read or spell, and could really use a reinforcing computer program.” “My child struggles with reading or spelling, and needs something that will take him back to the basics and beyond, without seeming childish.”

“My child has dyslexia, and would benefit from enjoyable reading and spelling practice that will offer quick success and positive feedback.”

How TTRS Is Delivered
You can purchase a year’s subscription to TTRS for one, two, three, or four students. Whichever option you choose, you’ll also receive admin access. Within one business day of when you place your order, you will receive a code and link from us that allow you to “buy” the TTRS course for free on the TTRS website. From then on, you can access TTRS as often as you like throughout the year, anywhere you have internet access. You can also access it through the TTRS iPad app, which is free with your subscription. If you use the iPad app, a Bluetooth keyboard is recommended.

How Long Does it Take to Complete the TTRS Program?
TTRS states that the average time to complete the whole course, one hour per week, is around 12 - 18 months depending on the speed of the student. Naturally, an hour each day will allow much faster progress. Thus you can expect that your student can complete the TTRS course within a year in as little as 30 minutes per day.

System Requirements

Because Touch-Type Read and Spell is entirely browser based, you only need speakers, a keyboard, and an internet connection. This means that it's compatible with both Windows and Mac. You can even use your iPad with bluetooth keyboard.

Faith-Based: No

Return Policy: Because of the online nature of this product, the return/cancelation policy differs from our normal 60-day return policy. TTRS offers a 10-day money back guarantee. You must notify us to cancel within 10 days of your purchase to receive a refund.

Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

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Touch Type Read and Spell February 1, 2017
Reviewer: Claudia Edwards from Michigan  
Typing program, reading, and spelling all in one.  It's an online program that your kids can do independently.  My kids really enjoy it.  It's helping them in many ways.

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