VocabularySpellingCity.com is an interactive learning site where parents (and teachers) can register for free and save word lists that their children can then use to play a variety of learning games and activities.
They also offer VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership (for use with up to five children) which includes the following additional benefits:
- Student progress tracking
- Access to Premium games, including vocabulary and writing activities
- Individual student logins for accountability
- The ability to group students and lists for differentiated instruction
- No commercial ads
Some of the activities include: Flash Cards, Word Search, Hang Mouse, LetterFall, Word-O-Rama, and Crossword. There are handwriting sheets to print off, as well.
I like how you can customize word lists for your children. You can use one of the Featured Vocabulary and Spelling Lists, such as:
- Multiple Meanings
- Science Vocabulary
- Dolch Sight Words
- Compound Words
- Math Words
- Possessive Nouns
- State Capitals
I like that, as a parent, I can go in to the parent/teacher account, and set up assignments for the boys. First, I choose what lists I want them to work on. For example, I am currently having little bit work his way through the alphabetized lists by grade level. Botanist Boy, though, I have him working on vocabulary words related to what we are studying in our history course. (These can be found under Teacher Resources.) Then I import them.
After that, I go to the "parent premium toolbox" and click on "assignments," then click on "create a new assignment." Then select a word list; select the activities I want him to do with that list; assign to my student; then add assignment details, such as due date for completion.
This way, you can spend a few minutes (okay, maybe longer, while you're trying to decide from all those lists just which ones you want your student to cover for the year), and literally set up your student's spelling and vocabulary assignments for the whole school year!
Botanist Boy is still reluctant to work on this, but I really think the fact he can do them on his Kindle, rather than my computer, makes it much more appealing to him. Little Bit enjoys working both on the computer and his iPod. Still, there is much someone has to read to him, since he struggles so with reading, and just plain isn't fluent yet.
His favorite activities are WordFall, and Word Search.
Be sure to check out what the rest of the Crew has to say about their adventures with VocabularySpellingCity.com!
Cost: Vocabulary Spelling City's premium membership is $29.99 per year per family for up to 5 students, grades K-12. For more than 5 students in the family, or for classroom or co-op use, the annual cost is $49.99 for up to 25 students. And don't forget about the free app for your Apple, Android, or Kindle devices!
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