Most kids will tell you they hate ‘Spelling’ – that is, the school subject. You may be tempted to ignore this part of their education as we now have spell checkers which make sure we spell correctly. However, there are still times when work needs to be handwritten – the SAT and ACT essays are one of those times! In addition, you know how aggravating it is to have to go back and fix a lot of words that are adorned with squiggly red lines. And then you can experience the problem I did a few times while writing this post – I spelled a word wrong, but the misspelling was a legitimate word so no squiggly line warned me.
So, what do we know?
Fact 1: We need to be able to spell.
Fact 2: Most children hate to learn how.
The product I am reviewing today addresses both these issues. It is a fantastic online site – Spellingcity.com
I have known about this site for a few years now as my daughter used to use it whenever she had a particularly challenging list of words to learn. But I didn’t ever take a close look. I wish I had!
Who is this site for?
Parents, teachers – and of course, students. Students, like my daughter, can use it to work on spelling words. But it is even more powerful when used by teachers and homeschool parents.
Let me walk you through how it works. I am describing the premium version so a few of these features aren’t available in the free one.
Registering yourself as a teacher and then registering your students is easy. Once you have done that you can either use available word lists – or create your own. The latter is what I did as I am guessing most of us have a spelling program or lists we are using to teach with.
It is a cinch to add as many words as you like to word lists you create. Once I had done that I got my first surprise – I was presented with a choice of vocabulary definitions as well as the word used in a sentence for each word. And if you don’t like any of the definitions, you can add your own! You see, this program isn’t just about spelling but also about vocabulary!
After creating lists you use them to set up assignments for your students. VocabularySpellingCity has an incredible amount of flexibility built into it. You can divide students into groups based on their ability or any other criteria and assign each group different lists, or even different tasks to do with each list. You can even make assignments just for one student. I love this feature as it makes it easy for teachers to let children operate at different levels.
What are the assignments? You can choose from a variety of ‘teaching’ options like flash cards, a number of fun games, crosswords, quizzes, tests and more. About half of these are available in the free option. The tasks incorporate vocabulary and grammar – not just spelling.
The wide range of activities available means that you can let students learn according to their learning styles and preferences. And the boredom factor is reduced as they can do different things with each new spelling list.
And it is so easy for teachers or parents to monitor their students. Screens show how much they have done of each assignment and what grade they got in quizzes and tests.
Of course I needed a student to test this to see if they liked it as much as I did. A friend’s 5th grader jumped at the chance. He was so engrossed in trying to win the games that it took a few attempts before his mom could catch him smiling while he played!
And what did he have to say about Spelling City:
I like the games you get to play to learn the words before the test.
VocabularySpellingCity is now also available as an app – so kids can play on the go.
At present you can do what I did and sign up for a free premium trial for 30 days. I know if I still had a student doing spelling, I would definitely pay for a premium subscription now I have seen how powerful and fun the site is. But even if you decide not to spend any money, students can still use the site and have a lot of fun learning to spell.
And for the next week, you can enter the contest below and get the chance to win a premium family subscription (teacher + 5 students) for a year which was kindly donated to FundaFunda by SpellingCity.com. There are 6 ways you can earn entries – all super easy to do!
I’ve been given a free Premium Membership to VocabularySpellingCity.com to give away to one lucky reader for a candid, personal, online review.
VocabularySpellingCity helps students study word lists using 25 different learning activities such as Unscramble, Hangman, WordFi
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