Hello everyone! :)
I've been given a premium membership to VocabularySpellingCity.com for a candid, personal, online review.
VocabularySpellingCity.com helps students study word lists using 25 different learning activities such as MatchIt Sentences, HangMan, and Word-O-Rama. Parents can create their own spelling lists, find published lists already available on the site, or use any of dozens of free teaching resources on topics such as analogies and compound words.
To be honest, we've been so completely busy around here that I haven't had a ton of time to really learn the site. It has loads of activities and things to click around and do. In my old age, I find that it's even harder for me to take the time to figure things out. My very simple, ADD brain can only take so much! These days I am often heard telling my kids to figure things out for me. :) So, that's what I did here. I'd sign the kids in and let them do whatever they wanted to, which they were perfectly happy to do. Of course, they gravitated to the games. They especially liked playing the HangCat game which is a not-so morbid version of hangman. Actually, it's not morbid at all! LOL
Like I said, I didn't have a ton of time to figure it all out. (Eight of use share one laptop.) I didn't end up creating any of my own spelling lists, but I did use some of the ones already there. The neat thing is that you can plug any list into any of the games. My youngest two, Bear, 10, and Baber, 8, found it great fun. I'm sure if I really took the time to figure it all out I could create an organized curriculum using the site. As it is now, I find it just a great supplement. My youngest, at 8, is really just "clicking" when it comes to reading, and I don't want to push any official spelling work on him right now, so this is a great way to weave a little spelling in painlessly. I really hope that maybe by next year, when he has regular spelling lists, I will have had the time to really figure out how to maneuver the site so I can use it more intelligently. Until then, I am content to have kids begging me to do schoolwork, even if it's only because they think they're just playing games. :)
Happy Spelling! :)