Now kids are back to school. This means weekly spelling lists started. I found a great app that can help the busy parents keep track of the lists, and ensure the kids are learning the words with fun: VocabularySpellingCity. It is free.
With the app, your child will be able to learn the words from the list you or the teacher gave them. You do have to have an account (FREE to sign up) with them and have to create the list on their website within your account. But once you have the lists, kids can play games based on the words on your lists and learn.
The spelling games they have in the app:
TeachMe: a great activity to introduce a new word list to children. Each word is read aloud, spelled letter-by-letter and used in a context-rich sentence. This usually is the first exercise the kids do after a new list created.
Spelling TestMe: Kids will hear a word be read aloud, then a sentence with that word, and then the word be read again. They are expected to write down the word with correct spelling. After all words on the list are tested, kids will see the test result right away, with the mistakenly spelled words highlighted. Kids can then re-learn the words.
MatchIt Sentences: kids are asked to match each sentence with the spelling or vocabulary word that best completes the sentence.
WhichWord? Sentences: is a multiple-choice game that allows children to choose from four words to determine which word best completes a sentence.
HangMouse: children decode each word in a friendly version of traditional Hangman. Kids love trying to figure out the word before the cat catches the mouse!
Sentence Unscramble: instead of seeing a sentence with a word on the list, kids will see a line of words in random order. Their job is to put the words in proper order to form a sentence. This helps kids practice sentence structure as well as using words in context.
Vocabulary TestMe: Only available to Premium members (explained below). It is an online multiple choice vocabulary test. Students must choose the correct word that corresponds to each definition provided. Test results are automatically given upon completion of the test.
As I mentioned earlier, you have to create a parent or teacher account on the web site: http://www.spellingcity.com/. It is free to sign up. It took me one minute to do it. With the free account, you can create as many lists as your want to. However, you can only track one child in your free account. If you want to keep track of more than one child’s progress, you have to sign up for premium account. It is $30 for family, which allows 5 children login. For school, it is $50, and allows 25 students. However, if you don’t mind not knowing of your children’s test scores (like me), you can create lists for different children by giving them different list names. For example, “child-1 list-1”, “child-1 list-2”, “child-2 list-1”, “child-2 list-2”, etc. All kids can use the same login, but go to different lists.
This app offers a fun way for kids to learn spelling and vocabulary words. It also provides a tool for parents and teachers to easily manage the word lists. It makes it much easier to re-use a list, or to review an old list. In addition, it also gives you access to lists created by others. Kids can play around and learn words beyond the lists from their own parents and teachers. Unless you need track the test scores, I think most families can go by the free account, even with more than one child.
VocabularySpellingCity is available for iPhone, iPod, and iPAD. It is FREE at App Store.
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