Interview with Vocabulary Spelling CityMarch 11, 2018
Today, we have the privilege of interviewing VocabularySpellingCity, winners of the Reading and Writing category in our recent Top 100 Educational Websites contest. If you’re not familiar with VocabularySpellingCity, you might have some questions about how the program can benefit you in your homeschool. We thought we’d take a brief moment to interview VocabularySpellingCity and get those questions answered for you!
1. I’ve heard of SpellingCity but haven’t heard of VocabularySpellingCity. Are the two related?
Yes! We added the word “vocabulary” to our name, becoming VocabularySpellingCity to better reflect our programs’ many offerings. Our interactive activities improve spelling as well as vocabulary, phonics, phonemic awareness, writing and fluency skills. We find vocabulary to be an especially important part of our program due to the strong link between vocabulary retention and reading comprehension.
2. To get started with VocabularySpellingCity, do I have to type in all of my own lists and create everything from scratch?
No, not at all! If you want to create lists with your own handpicked words you can, but we also include over 10,000 ready-made word lists sorted by grade level, subject area, theme, works of literature, and more. Once you find the list you want, you can create assignments and learning activities in just a few quick steps. As your children practice, you can check their time on a task, missed words, and score. We generate reports so you can easily download them for your homeschool portfolio.
3. Are there any vocabulary games for my children to play?
Yes, you bet! Over 20 of our games provide interactive and engaging vocabulary practice. Your children can test their vocabulary knowledge as contestants on a virtual game show, review their words with interactive matching games, assess their level of mastery with practice tests, and much more.
4. Does VocabularySpellingCity have an app to make our learning more portable?
Yes, we do! Your children can catch up, keep up, and stay ahead with our mobile app that takes their learning anywhere. You can create assignments and track progress right from the app as well. Find it on the App Store or Google Play.
5. Is there a way to set up reminders to help children study their words?
When you create an assignment for you child, it will appear on their student dashboard. As they play, they can see how many activities they have left to complete and still be able to work at their own pace. You will receive weekly and monthly email reports charting your children’s progress so that you can see how your kids are doing and what they have left to finish.
6. What does the program cost?
For less than 10 cents a day, you and your family can enjoy our Premium Membership. At a reasonable price of $34.95 annually for up to 5 students, you unlock all of our Premium features, including the ability to create assignments, track progress, and get automatic reports. Going Premium gives you more than just spelling games, adding activities that target every key component of reading, and providing a powerful set of personalization and grading tools.
7. Does the program include any printables that correspond to the words my children are learning?
Yes, we have printables for many of our learning activities. We also offer worksheets for handwriting practice that you can customize for print, D’Nealian, cursive, or sign language practice.
8. What are the ages VocabularySpellingCity targets?
VocabularySpellingCity is great for kindergarten all the way through high school. Younger students benefit from the spelling, phonics, and phonemic awareness activities, getting fun and playful practice with the building blocks of language and reading. Older students enjoy improving their vocabularies to become more articulate writers and adept readers. They also love our writing activities where they respond to different prompts and get quick feedback.
9. How does VocabularySpellingCity benefit homeschooling parents?
With VocabularySpellingCity, you can use your weekly word lists with any of our 40+ learning games. Children feel like they’re playing while they master each week’s words. You can easily access over 10,000 pre-made lists, quickly create and share word lists, and download reports for your homeschool portfolio. You get a tool that provides fun independent study and self-testing for you children that works with any device, and targets all foundational literacy skills.
Tasha is a homeschooling mom to 5 and has been homeschooling for 14 years. Currently, her children's ages span from toddler to young adult. Tasha has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Social Sciences from Florida State University and is working on her MBA through SNHU/Berklee School of Music.