Spelling is a really important subject in our homeschool, but in the past, there have been times we’ve struggled with it a bit. Spelling is really a reading and writing skill, and in the early years, I had reluctant writers. We had to get super creative to come up with ways to practice spelling words. Later, as we had more students, it got more challenging.
And let’s face it – for some of us (me, included) spelling just takes practice. Concerted practice. But the last thing we want is for learning to get bogged down into drudgery.
About a year ago, I shared with you that we had begun using Spelling Classroom. I can honestly say it’s completely changed our learning – and our level of accomplishment – in spelling.
When we got started, I told the boys simply to work through the activities during their allocated spelling session each day, and move forward as they learned and completed the lessons by passing the tests.
Wow. Their learning has really accelerated, and for all three. Our oldest who is finishing up eighth grade, has always been a very verbal kid – he read early, he was spelling before he could write… He finished up his spelling for the year in three months. That’s the most dramatic example, but the other two boys have shown really noticeable improvement as well. Most important to me, the learning is sticking. Of the three boys, only one is accomplishing one lesson per week… but in the past, he did not always pass that lesson weekly, and often we’d have to repeat. Looking back, he hasn’t had to repeat a lesson this entire year.
I put this down to the interest level these boys have in using the program. The creativity and imagination in the learning activities keep things fresh. In addition, my boys love the games… I have kept the game page set to “on” since the beginning. The hitch is that games cost coins… and the only way to accumulate coins is by completing learning activities. (Thank you, Spelling Classroom!)
As a homeschooling mom, my favorite part (after the improved learning, of course) is the record keeping. Our current state requires enrollment in a cover school, and our current cover school requires us to submit grades on a monthly and yearly basis. I love that I can simply login, and with a click or two, see all the scores on the boys’ tests. I can even run reports for specific dates or students.
In addition, over the past year, Spelling Classroom has added some great new features;
- the Tricky 450 (lists based on the 450 of the most commonly misspelled words, broken down by grade level)
- Break It (learning syllables)
- Word Ladder (practice makes perfect)
- Pen and Paper Test – for kids who test better with a pen and paper instead of typing in the answers.
I cover these, as well as the reporting features, below.
I didn’t mention it in the video, but I’m really excited about the SAT vocabulary section. It’s hard to believe we’ll have a high schooler soon, but it’s true. I’m glad for each and every support resource I find, and you can be sure we’ll be checking this one out.
Head over to SpellingClassroom and check them out. It’s really an all in one solution, with many different kinds of lists to use. Or, you can use it with your own spelling program. Click here to create a free, 14-day trial account. Get your kids started and watch their enthusiasm for spelling (and their learning) take off.