Improve Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary
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More About VocabularySpellingCity
VocabularySpellingCity is a research-proven tool that helps teachers and parents meet the challenge of providing meaningful, intentional, and extended vocabulary practice for students while improving fluency and retention.
Parents, schools and districts across the country and the world continue to use VocabularySpellingCity to improve vocabulary retention and reading comprehension.
With 35+ interactive word games and thousands of pre-made word lists, our app helps build literacy skills in a fun and engaging way!
With each game, students can see, hear, speak, write, break down, and play with words including high frequency words, developmental spelling words, and vocabulary. This helps students strengthen their literacy skills in an effective and long-lasting way.
*Access to the full features of this app is limited to VocabularySpellingCity Premium Members. To go Premium, visit our website: www.spellingcity.com
Keeping up, catching up, or getting ahead in vocabulary retention and comprehension can be fun and easy! Rather than memorizing flashcards or reading textbooks, our specially designed games offer a wide variety of interactive ways to improve literacy skills.
STUDENTS catch up, keep up, and stay ahead on your literacy skills at school, at home, or on-the-go.
PARENTS help kids develop effective reading skills, which are key for success in school (and in life)!
TEACHERS help students continue their learning and review material in or out of the classroom.
The 35+ interactive games and activities let students learn and retain words more effectively through:
• The games provide diverse and repeated opportunities to encounter new words, greatly aiding in retention.
• With voice recordings, interactive sound boxes, animations, syllable activities and contextual sentences, these games create a rich learning experience for students.
• Students can create and save review lists and pair them with different games for continued repeated practice for greater retention.
• Our ready-made word lists support literature, academic vocabulary, content area vocabulary, and informational texts from the CCSS. Studying with these targeted lists can improve student performance across all aspects of their academic career.
• Our self-testing activities give students this opportunity, while also helping them identify gaps in their knowledge, so that they can prepare for school evaluations and be sure to master the material.
• 9 free spelling, vocabulary, reading and phonics games
• Pre-made and customized word lists
• 35+ games with a Premium Membership
• Automatic tracking and progress reports with a Premium Membership
When you go Premium, you gain access to all 35+ vocabulary, spelling, phonics and writing activities, as well as student records and assignments. Visit our website, at www.spellingcity.com, to learn more.
Since our founding in 2008, we have received numerous awards for our website and app, including the 2017 and 2016 SIIA CODiE award in the “Best Game-Based Curriculum Solution” category. We have also ranked among Homeschool.com’s Top 100 Educational Websites every year since 2009.
• New games (Rhyme & Climb, Word Counter, Sound Counter, Which Letter Team?, Sort It Out: Vowels, Vocabulary Memory Match)
• Ability to save progress on letter-by-letter games
• Support for settings applied by the teacher via the website:
• Restricting access to games outside of assignments
• Choosing Australian or British accent
• Limiting the activity categories students can access
• Various bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
$35/year for a "meh" app?!?
I got this app a few years ago for my oldest son. It was "offered" by his teacher, but she didn't create the lists; we had to do that. Doing so wasn't user friendly and my son never really played the games because he didn't need to study to pass anyway so I deleted the app after the free trial.
When my second son began having difficulty with spelling I remembered this app. I thought I would be willing to go through the hassle of entering the lists if it would help him study. Since my free trial is already over, we cannot use the app to see if it would be beneficial for us. The free offerings on the website don't seem very worthwhile, but I think the paid content is surely better. But even if I could get a second trial, and it was a phenomenal app, I wouldn't pay $35/year. I wouldn't even pay $35 for unlimited use. Considering teachers are suggesting this app for their students, if only HALF the students in the class purchased the app, that would be roughly $500 for ONE class! Multiplied by X classes by X grades by X schools. I am all for capitalism, but that is exploitation of children and it is filthy.
An acceptable spelling app is truly such a simple program to create. I will be looking for one in the $.99 to $9.99 range for unlimited use. It may not have the bells and whistles this one does, but too many bells and whistles are nothing more than distractions.
Issues with the app
My daughter’s school provides Spelling City for their students. It has been very helpful as a learning tool for my daughter, much more effective than when we used to have her write out her words and test her on them. The games seem to help because she sees the words more frequently as she interacts with them, which I think helps her remember them.
However, we have had some issues with the iPad app that have been very frustrating. Her list last week was contractions, and when she played games that required her to type in the word, it never accepted her apostrophes. She was very frustrated and confused and I had to assure her that she was spelling her words correctly. Additionally, when playing Sound It Out, if a word has multiples of the same letter, it will say she spelled the word wrong if she doesn’t pick the right letter block. Really, any block that represents the same letter should work.
Please fix these issues!
Technical Glitches & Premium Fees
We have been using this app for several years and it has been an excellent tool. Suddenly it has become very glitchy on our iOs Devices (multiple) despite running updates and deleting/reinstalling the app. I started to wonder if it had to do with all the sudden complaints about the newly added premium membership fees to stuents. I called customer service (via their website) and someone answered right away. He was extremely helpful and clarified that (at least in our case) the school covers the student's "Premium", thus it is still free for my student to access the spelling lists created by her teacher. I'll admit this is confusing as on the student login it does say "For premium members only" which is misleading. If your child's teacher gave them a user name and password, your school is most likely covering the premium fee on behalf of the student. Now, the glitches we're having are still a probem, but at least I konw they are unrelated to all the complaints about the premium membership. I have subbmitted feedback on the techincal difficulties/behaviours we are having, so I'm hopeful they'll get resolved. Other than that, great app and tool for my daughter, and I'm thankful our school covers the premium fee.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.