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I’m curious.  I am wondering why people don’t use an on-line spelling program or app?

I’ve seen a lot of posts on physical spelling curricula but not on on-line programs.

If you don’t use one, what did you not like about it and what was missing or what did you want it to do?
Or if you do use one, which one and why?

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I use Spelling City and enter in the words from All About Spelling for my kids to practice.  Any lists they have trouble on we go over together.  

 

This is good for my natural spellers who just need a little explanation from time to time on certain rules.  For the non-natural spellers we will end up going over each list on paper, but they easily get the extra practice independently using the Spelling City app (on their device or the website on the desktop).

 

So I guess you'd say we use both.

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Well, I am new here and new to homeschooling in general.  (first year) but I am using a free online spelling and language arts curriculum from k12reader.  It is all planned out and the language arts lessons correspond to the spelling lists and they have dictation sentences and activitie to do daily.  You could do as many or as few as you want.  I printed all the lists and lessons out and organized them by week in a 3 ring binder.  I am not a fan of common core but it is aligned and 36 weeks planned out already.  That took a lot of stress off me and some cost as well. :hurray:

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i tried world wise..... it had good retention.... but took a lot of wffort

We moved over to spelling power and enter words in spelling city and test it out

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Our experience has been that they are hard to understand, and often mispronounce words. We have used bigiqkids, click'nspell and spellingcity. All had the same issues. I never played with them much, there may be ways to tweek them, but for me it wasn't worth the hassle.

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I use Calvert Spelling and looooove it. Great, easy-to-use program. I love it because it also goes over phonics, automatically gives extra review for words missed, includes cumulative review, is inexpensive, and can be completed quickly. My oldest is using it now and if my youngest didn't enjoy R&S spelling so much, I'd put him on it too. 

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It's not spelling program, and it wasn't designed for spelling,

but I use the Anki app to track my daughter's spelling words.

I let Anki keep track of which words need review and how often.

I would not want to have to keep track of review words without it.

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i tried world wise..... it had good retention.... but took a lot of wffort

We moved over to spelling power and enter words in spelling city and test it out

 

Is world wise a spelling program?  Or did you mean Wordly Wise?  I couldn't find World Wise.

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Our experience has been that they are hard to understand, and often mispronounce words. We have used bigiqkids, click'nspell and spellingcity. All had the same issues. I never played with them much, there may be ways to tweek them, but for me it wasn't worth the hassle.

 

Yes, I can understand that.  Any app that looks too complicated I turn away from.  Simple and effortless would be nice plus good pronounciation. : )

 

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I use Calvert Spelling and looooove it. Great, easy-to-use program. I love it because it also goes over phonics, automatically gives extra review for words missed, includes cumulative review, is inexpensive, and can be completed quickly. My oldest is using it now and if my youngest didn't enjoy R&S spelling so much, I'd put him on it too. 

 

This sounds good.  I am assuming it is computer based so your child can do it by himself, right? 

If there are games, what age group is it geared at? 

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I like Read, Write, Type by talkingfingers.com

 

 

Computer based spelling is not enough imo.  Children need to physically write the words and in context before spelling takes hold.  I combine penmanship and sentence dictations with spelling b/c all 3 of those things done together create a synergy.  

 

Even with my pick for a computer based spelling, it's combined with typing skills and dictation.  I just noticed that correlation.  ha!

 

Only spelling, like through games, might me fun review and it might be enough for a natural speller, but it would never work for my struggling spellers.

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