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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Schoolhouse Review Crew: Vocabulary Spelling City

VocabularySpellingCity.com is a website containing many fun and interesting games and activities to help children grades K-12 learn their spelling and vocabulary words.  Their mission efficient game based study of literacy skills using any word list.  You can access many of the games and activities for free, however additional features and benefits are available if you purchase a premium membership.  As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was offered a premium subscription for review purposes.

VocabularySpellingCity.com has:

  • over 42,000 spelling words with customizable sentences and definitions
  • a REAL person who says each word and sentence
  • free home pages for teachers and parents to save lists
  • teacher training videos
  • free printable handwriting worksheets
  • free teaching resources with lists and lesson plans
  • 25 games to play online or print
  • a free forum and newsletters

 Premium members receive the following benefits:

  • automated student record keeping
  • complete access to vocabulary content including definitions, parts of speech, synonyms and antonyms
  • premium learning games and activities such as Word- O- Rama, Letterfall, Which Word Definitions, and Speedy Speller
  • student list and grouping features
  • ability to create assignments
  • no commercial ads

A Premium Membership lasts 12 months from the date of purchase.  There is a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied you can request a full refund in the first 30 days of purchase.  The cost for a family membership for up to five students is $29.99.  There are also classroom and school pricing options.  To see more information on benefits, pricing, or to try the premium games click here.

VocabularySpellingCity.com takes the boring activity of memorizing spelling words and turns it into something fun!  There is a wide variety of games and activities to choose from.  My boys love playing Hang Mouse.  You can use your own words, or choose from their many lists of words.  I love that the voice that reads the words are clear and easily understandable.  The premium membership allows use to import lists and then easily assign activities your students.  There are a ton of videos and teacher helps available on the site.   

The one option that I wished it had, is the ability to shorten the amount of words in their word lists that your child is working on.  I wanted to use their lists for 1st and 5 th grades for my boys.  I easily imported the lists, but the first list for grade 1 has 37 words on it.  I only wanted him to work with the first ten but there was no option to adjust the amount of words on the imported list.  There was an option to add your own words to it or delete some of the words.  I didn't want to do either of those, just modify the amount of words on the list that we would be working with at one time.  So I printed out the whole list, went back and typed in the first 10 words and imported that list, then did the next 10 and so on.  This was a little more work than I wanted it to be since I had to do it for both boys.  It would be much easier if there was an option to change the amount of words you are working on within the list.

To see what other crew mates had to say click here.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary premium membership to VocabularySpellingCity.com for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.

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