Wednesday, October 30, 2013

VocabularySpellingCity { Review }

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We have been using VocabularySpellingCity for a couple years now just on the basic free account. Through the TOS Crew review team we had an offer to review a one year premium membership!!

I was so happy. We love playing games and learning. There's honestly nothing better really. My kids are 13, 10 and 8 and the age range for the site is from K - 12.

VocabularySpellingCity is an interactive game based website. They are dedicated to helping students, teachers, parent-teachers, and school systems. They are an award-winning site with ongoing introduction of new features, many based on input from existing users.

 The site was launched on the web as Spelling City in 2008 and has grown primarily through word of mouth.  In 2009 they hit over a million unique visitors! 

Spelling City became VocabularySpellingCity in January 2011 to reflect the addition of significant vocabulary capabilities. They pride themselves as being amongst the best value in education.

(DD playing her favorite game, Hang Mouse. She really cracks up with the hat and mouse, she has busted out laughing from it many times.)

One awesome feature from the premium subscription is that you can make and customize spelling lists for each student! I was able to make spelling lists for all 3 of my kids in just minutes from using some of the lists that VocabularySpellingCity offers, just click for it to import to the student and it goes.

I was able to make an assignments list for each student too. I was able to choose up to 10 activities, not just spelling word lists, for them to do and complete in order of my choice. This was helpful for me to allow them on the computer and me already know what they are going to be doing. Before the premium membership I would have to come back and forth a lot to change activities so I was very pleased to find this feature. It helped me save time and I was able to work with my other children while one child was working through their assignments independently.

Another piece of VocabularySpellingCity my kids enjoyed was having their own way to sign in to their assignments. Each child got a username and password. For my children this was a first, because they aren't allowed on the computer without parents but since it's an educational game site they enjoyed picking some interesting words to use!

  They offer games in Vocabulary, Spelling, Writing, Parts of Speech, Handwriting, and Alphabetical Order.

You can play for free but there are many perks to having the Premium Membership. One - its pretty cheap for the year, only $29.99. This is for up to 5 children. You get individual log ins for each child, premium learning games, no advertisements (which is huge for the attention span of some children!!!). 

Once a parent has activated the Premium Membership, the parent enters the students' names. When students arrive on VocabularySpellingCity, they can log in. This will take them to their parent's homepage. All of their activities will be recorded. Their spelling test results will be recorded including the score and the words that they spelled correctly or incorrectly.  

Here is what the website has to offer:
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

Twenty-five games to play online or to print such as:

Alphabetical Order, Unscramble, Parts of Speech, Hang Mouse, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, and Vocabulary Test.

A free forum and newsletters

We have really enjoyed VocabularySpellingCity for years and the premium membership was wonderful! I can see where it is totally worth the money to purchase. It helps save time for everyone involved and in my house of 5 I need all the time I can get!

My kids asked to use VocabularySpellingCity and loved seeing what I had for them to complete. Of course their favorites where all the games, I honestly don't know if they realized while playing the games they were learning (he-he). 

They now offer apps for the Kindle, iPhone/iPad and Android devices!

Go on over to The Schoolhouse Review Blog and read what others thought about VocabularySpellingCity! 

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hey now offer free apps for iPhone/iPad/iPod, Android, and even Kindle - See more at:
hey now offer free apps for iPhone/iPad/iPod, Android, and even Kindle - See more at:
hey now offer free apps for iPhone/iPad/iPod, Android, and even Kindle - See more at:
hey now offer free apps for iPhone/iPad/iPod, Android, and even Kindle - See more at:

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