VocabularySpellingCity {TOS review}

I introduce my children to new vocabulary words every week with a review of the previously learned words somewhere in there every five weeks. Because this has become routine, I’ve realized that making vocabulary study a little more exciting is necessary.

I remember seeing SpellingCity years ago a little bit after we started homeschooling. It is one of those products that you really want to try, but for some reason never get around to doing. Well, we finally had the chance to try it and our vocabulary and spelling sessions are now a little bit more exciting…and fun.

The online company began as SpellingCity in 2008 and over the years has grown in use by word-of-mouth. In 2011, it became VocabularySpellingCity as it has added more features for students to study vocabulary words. VocabularySpellingCity is one of four sites owned by Vkidz, which is a family owned business that was started by John Edelson in 2003. The other sites include Time4Learning.com, Time4Wrtiting.com and Science4us.com.

VocabularySpellingCity offers an interactive experience for students, in kindergarten through twelfth grades, who are studying vocabulary and spelling. Study is incorporated into a variety of presentations in the form of activities and games to help students practice using the words they are studying, in different scenarios. The program is used by students in public, private and homeschools. If you are not a homeschool family, then check with your child’s school to see if they already have an account with the company.

FOR THE STUDENT
VocabularySpellingCity provides so many interactive ways for study words to be presented to the student. On the free activity listing, students may choose from Sentence Unscramble, HangMouse, Match it Sentences, Sentence/Paragraph Writing Practice, Word Search and more. With the premium membership all of the aforementioned activities are included plus others like LetterFall (this one was fun, but challenging), SpeedySpeller, Flash Cards and more are also available. See all of the features for the free and premium memberships. Also, click on any other the above listed links to try out the activities.

FOR THE TEACHER
The teacher can create her own list of words for the student to study from or use one of the age/grade specific prepared lists in the program. Creating a list is easy. Teachers may use already prepared definitions or ones of her own. They may even choose the activities they want the students to do for practicing their words. The lists may be saved and accessed by students from any computer. There are also prepared lesson plans available.

Additional resources are available for the teacher in:

Language Arts – Video lessons, classroom ideas, featured Premium games, printable worksheets, and vocabulary lists.

Useful Word Lists – Examples of what you can do with VocabularySpellingCity, including integration of subject-based vocabulary.

Articles – Educational and language arts related resources and information.

Help and Information – FAQs, how-to videos, awards, funding information and more.

You can read more to learn about the specifics of the teacher resources.

There is also a video section, which answer FAQ. I would suggest you going through this area to be sure you and the student gets the full benefit of the website. There are so many places to click through and, at first, it was confusing as to know where to go to create lists and retrieve them after creation.

OUR EXPERIENCE
River and Lily have weekly vocabulary words. Since I only give them four words per week, that did not really give them much to practice with the first few weeks on those words. What I did do was create a list using the vocabulary words from their assigned reading book. Each book they read has words they will be introduced to while reading the book.

I made a list using those words. Fifty words is the maximum you can add in one list. This is good to keep in mind if you are creating a review list, which I will eventually do over the course of the school year.

MY THOUGHTS
I really like this program. It is an excellent way for children to have fun while learning. The premium membership, which we reviewed, has so many features and practice opportunities for children. Access can be given to your student to go along with daily studies or used as a bonus (reward) for completing his work.

With the free membership, there are ads that will be distracting to your child. Besides the great features VocabularySpellingCity has to offer, that is another reason to consider purchasing a membership.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
VocabularySpellingCity offers its premium membership for $29.99 for one year. This gives you access for up to five students. “Students like having the Premium Membership since they can play the best games” ~ per the website. A free membership is also available, but gives you limited site access. If you are app-savvy, then you may also download the iTunesSpellingCity app for free.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.


Disclaimer: The product featured in this review was provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Comment from Tiffany

    I have used the free version on and off for a while. I debated recently about purchasing the upgrade. I am not sure though. This is my first year having a spelling curricululm so I would like to have something fun and engaging as part of their routine, however I am not sure I want to spend 30.00 for it.
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