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:
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You can try Vocabulary Spelling City simply by going to their site.
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.