Touch-Type Read and Spell 1-yr Access
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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 are purchasing a year’s subscription to TTRS for one student, plus teacher access. Within one business day of when you place your order, you will receive a code from us with details and instructions to activate your subscription. From then on, you can access it as often as you like throughout the year, though you will need internet to use it (it’s not a download).
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.
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