Homeschooling is a definite joy in my life. Yes, there are times I feel crazed (and probably look it, too) but, overall, I love homeschooling. I believe it is the best decision we made regarding our children. 

With homeschooling, though, there have been a few stumbling blocks that we've encountered. Things like: "what's the best way to teach. . .",  "why doesn't she like. . .", or "how can we help him with. . .". These questions have come up, at times, within various subjects over the years. One of the subjects is spelling & vocabulary. It's just an area that isn't always fun to learn. Writing spelling words out 10 times every day for a week only to regurgitate them on a test is the public school way, not homeschooling way; but it was what we did a few times to try and reinforce the spelling. Neither of our kids liked it, and neither did I. It didn't encourage them to remember the words past the test and that was a waste of time and effort. So we would try to play word games or come up with different strategies that could make learning spelling fun. If I had only heard of the next product I'm going to tell you about!

Vocabulary Spelling City is a great website that I have been introduced to through the Schoolhouse Review Crew. This site is pretty nice. It was developed as Spelling City in 2008 and became hugely popular within the next year with over a million unique users a month in 2009-2010 school year. Spelling City has grown over the years and became Vocabulary Spelling City in January of 2011. It is now ranked "as a top 1000 site in the US during it's peak months." (Vocabulary Spelling City)" 

So what is it? It is an online interactive game-based system designed to help your Elementary, Middle, or High school students with vocabulary and spelling. Vocabulary Spelling City has:
You can try Vocabulary Spelling City simply by going to their site.
You can use much of Vocabulary Spelling City's site for free, but the Premium Membership offers you individual student logins, student progress tracking, premium games, and so much more. You can watch the video below for info on the Premium Membership to get a better idea of all that benefits you will receive.
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Vocabulary Spelling City has so much to offer. I was able to create lists based on words that I chose and the system automatically entered a definition and sentence samples. If I like them, I could keep them, if not, I could create my own. I like that ability. I also liked that if I wasn't sure what words to use, I could search for spelling list by grade and find them. I even found our local school district and lists created by teachers there. I though that was really neat.

The games are fun for students, too. HangMouse is like hangman and is allows the kids to have fun while learning. I like the Unscramble because it's challenging. My daughter liked Vocabulary Spelling City because she loves words, lol. The only thing she didn't like was that some of the voices in the games were difficult for her to understand, when saying the her spelling words. But I would like to state here that I gave her words like aberration, pedagogy, & loquacious. They are not typical computer words : ^ ) My son actually did enjoy it, too. Amazingly! He even did his work without too much complaining.

Vocabulary Spelling City can be used for Free, but to get all the wonderful benefits, a Premium Membership is best. It costs $29.99 per year for up to 5 students! That is a great price.

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Disclaimer: I received a free premium membership free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew  with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after using it. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.
 


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