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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Schoolhouse Review Crew ~ Vocabulary Spelling City.com

Sometimes you are blessed to be able to review a product that makes you enormously happy. This is one of those times!!

Vocabulary Spelling City.com is an online spelling and vocabulary resource that is, honestly, one of my favorite products...EVER!

As soon as I registered and set up my account, I started digging around the website. I was pleased as punch with what I discovered, and that pleased as punch feeling has only grown the more I've used this resource!

I received the Premium Membership, which allows up to five students to have their own accounts (in addition to my teacher account). They simply log in using their own user name and password, and then view and complete their assignments - which I assign from the "Premium Teacher Toolbox" on my homepage. I can create my own customized word lists, or I can opt to use any of the word lists available at Vocabulary Spelling City.com.

I can also choose activities for them to do that reinforce their weekly spelling words in a cross-curricular manner. I love this option! Spelling has been one subject that has required a lot of work and curriculum changes over the years on my part, and a lot of stress on my children's part. Vocabulary Spelling City has taken that stress away. And that makes me one happy mom!

It's really very easy to keep track of each child's progress - and that is a weight off my shoulders. Setting up student accounts was easy, and after just a little bit of time spent navigating the site I was ready to create spelling lists for my children. Honestly, I feel this curriculum meets all our spelling needs while eliminating the stresses that typically come with this subject. Sorry if it sounds like I am gushing here - I am just thankful and blessed by this product!

So I simply choose word lists for each child (from the huge variety of options available) or I create my own word lists. If vocab words are the primary focus of a spelling list, then I have the ability to provide my own definitions for the words and my own example sentences. Of course, I can use the definitions and sentences provided by Vocabulary Spelling City too. It's very easy to customize for individual homeschool family needs.

Then, at the end of the week, my kids take their spelling tests. I use my account to see how they're doing on their assignments and check on the grades for their weekly tests. That's it! Spelling is now checked off my list of things that give me a headache!

And a little more info about the Teacher's Resources; here you can find language arts lessons, worksheets, themed lists (from books your child is currently reading, or by grade level, etc.), articles, an FAQ section, videos and more. It's very thorough and I feel it meets spelling needs for multiple aged students with several years worth of information.

Want to try it out for yourself? No problem! They offer a free membership, which is the perfect way to get a feel for the program.

But if you are ready to dive right in and purchase the Premium Membership, the price is $29.99 per year for up to five children.

They also offer a free iTunes app.

And a handy training video is available to help new users learn how Vocabulary Spelling City.com works.

To read what other Crew members have to say about Vocabulary Spelling City.com, click HERE.

Disclaimer ~ I received this product free of charge for review purposes. All opinions shared here are my own.

Happy spelling everyone!

Day 217 done :)

Jan L. Burt



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