I recently had the chance to review VocabularySpellingCity, an online educational game website designed to teach vocabulary, spelling and other language arts topics.Â The website uses games to make learning more fun and exciting.
Some parts of the website are free, but they gave my family a free VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership so that I could experience all the features. I had previously heard about this program from some fellow homeschoolers, all of who raved about the program.Â But their kids are in elementary school, so I wasnâ€™t really sure what the program had to offer high schoolers like my son.Â But the website is designed for grades K-12, and it turns out they have quite a lot for the high school level!
A Premium membership costs $29.99 for one year, and it can be used for from 1-5 students in a family.Â The benefits a Premium membership offers over a free membership include:
- Saving Custom Word Lists
- Handwriting Worksheets
- Language Arts
- More than 25 Games
- Student Progress Tracking
- Separate Student Logins
- The Ability to Assign Work to the Student
- No Ads and Technical Support
- One of the things Iike best about this website is the extensive word lists.Â Now that my son is in high school I donâ€™t want to come up with word lists for him to learn to spell, and with this program I donâ€™t have to.Â There are extensive word lists already entered in, based on themes like literature books, science or history.
The lists can be sorted by grade level or topic.Â We are studying chemistry this year, so I imported all the chemistry word lists, some government lists and some literature based lists for my son to learn.Â If there are words my son frequently misspells I can still make a custom list in the future, but for now premade lists save me a lot of time.
Another thing that I have really liked is the ability to assign work to the student.Â I was able to go into the program and quickly set up the next few months worth of spelling and vocabulary assignments for my son.
I set up a preset activity list with the games and activities my son prefers and the tests I want him to complete, and then assigned due dates for each word list.Â So now all I have to do is check his progress once or twice a week!
The program saves his results, so I can see that he is working, and how well he is doing.Â This is a huge timesaver for me!
Something we have just started using is the Language Arts lessons.Â These include video lessons, themed word lists, custom games and printable worksheets on many Language Arts topics, including analogies and figurative language.
I think these lessons are going to be a good review for my son and provide valuable practice for standardized tests.
The program includes numerous videos explaining how to use the various parts of the program.Â Iâ€™d love to see some more written documentation, because for me it is easier to read a paragraph than watch a video, but that is a minor point.
Overall I am very pleased with the website, and think that it offers an amazing amount for a very low price.Â For me it would be worth it just for one student, but if you have more than one it is an even better value.Â My son enjoys using the program, and is learning.Â There are some games he likes and some he doesnâ€™t like, but with over 25 games it is easy for him to find ones that appeal to him.Â In addition this program is making sure that spelling and vocabulary actually get done at my house, because before this is it was easy to overlook these less time consuming subjects.
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