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Vocabulary Spelling City {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

August 18, 2012

Vocabulary Spelling City

Vocabulary Spelling City is an online powerhouse of games, tests, and activities for your favorite vocab and spelling words!  Their “mission” is “efficient game-based study of literacy skills using any word list.”  Boy, do they deliver!  You will find Elementary, Middle, and High School Vocabulary, Spelling, Writing, Parts of Speech, Handwriting, and Alphabetical Order.

We really enjoyed the Dolch site word lists that are already pre-made and available as soon as you arrive. Found under Teaching Resources,  these lists start in Pre-K and go through the third grade.  It was wonderful to just let me kids practice on these and feel confident they were working on something useful.  Vocabulary Spelling City gave The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew a premium membership subscription to try out.  With this subscription I was able to import these lists and group them under each grade level so the children wouldn’t get confused.

The Premium Membership Subscription has the following advantages over the basic version:

  • Individual Student Logins
  • Premium Learning Activities
  • No Advertisements
  • Grouping Students & Lists

Besides all the games that my children loved, my favorite part of the site was the printable handwriting sheets.  (See “likes” below.)  I adore having handwriting practice that goes along with the words we’re studying.  I could even tell the worksheets to add the arrows for my little guy so he could make the letters correctly.  Awesome!

Likes:

  • You can enter in your own spelling list of words.  This means you can choose words from the unit study you are doing or from the book you are reading for the children to learn to spell.  It’s wonderful!
  • You can group your spelling words into sections.  For example, I was using this program with three children and I was able to group their lists into grade level so that when they logged in they could more easily find the lists they were to be working on.
  • A real person says each word and/or sentence for your child – not computerized.
  • Handwriting worksheets can be printed for each list of spelling/vocabulary words.  If you want your child to practice his handwriting you can use the spelling word lists for practice.  So nice!  There are choices of D’Nealian, cursive or sign language.  You can choose to turn on the arrows for help in writing correctly and you choose the size of the letters as well as if they will be upper case or lower case.

Vocabulary Spelling City
Dislikes:

  • My first grader cannot read yet and some of the games required reading to play.  He had a hard time with “Which Word”, “Crossword”, and “Word-O-Rama” especially because they don’t read the sentence until after the child has selected the word to go in the blank (if at all).

They also have a free iPhone App.  FREE!  Your student can login or just play “Hang Mouse”, “Sentence Unscramble”, and “Which Word” as well as practice their spelling words through “Spelling Teach Me” and get tested on the list by “Spelling Test Me”.

My opinion?  What a deal!  A Premium Membership is only $29.99 for the year and up to 5 students – you can’t go wrong.  If you’re still not sure, you can try it for free – just check out their homepage.  How many other programs can you use for your entire homeschool curriculum?  This is a wonderful resource and I highly recommend it.

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DISCLAIMER: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received a complimentary subscription to Vocabulary Spelling City for the purpose of completing this review. All the opinions expressed here are my own and are offered honestly in exchange for the product. The receipt of the product in no way influenced my honest assessment.
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  1. August 22, 2012 5:30 am

    Thanks for sharing about this site. I have been enjoying Spelling City for years now and I am super excited about their ipad app. I use the Doch word lists with my struggling students in my 2nd grade classroom. I have my own budding first grader this year and we have been playing the games together like Hang Mouse. I keep a printed word list with us to help:)

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