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Spelling City Review & Giveaway!


I have been so excited about sharing this news with you guys! I was recently contacted by Vocabulary Spelling City to see if I would like to try their premium membership AND offer one to my blog readers. Um, yes please!

I've actually been using Spelling City for about three years, so I agreed without hesitation. I have been a big fan of the site mainly because the students love it as a homework option. I can't tell you how many times parents have told me that the the night students can choose Vocabulary Spelling City is the only night that they don't have a homework hassle. That alone was enough for me to love the program.

If you're not familiar with the site, it is a wonderful resource. You can type or import your spelling lists online and then your students can practice by playing highly engaging games with your word lists. That alone is fantastic, but there are so many other things I love. Now that I've been using the site for a couple of years, all of my word lists are already imported and saved. It literally takes me two clicks to publish my new list at the beginning of the week! I got smart and started saving my lists by week number instead of the skill, making it even easier for me to find the right one quickly.

I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy from Vocabulary Spelling City at the Florida Educational Technology Conference last week. She showed me some features of the free membership that I did not even know about. For example, most of the games on VSC are also available in a printed version for your students who may not have computer access. I'm thinking that those printable games would also be great for a word work activity or even to leave with your sub plans. You can also print out handwriting practice and sentence writing practice pages. You can see those {HERE}.

As a premium member, I've been spending some time learning about all of the new resources available to me now - and wow! I can track how much time each student has spent practicing and which games they play. One premium feature I especially like is that I can assign activities to certain students as well.  Kids won't often practice the areas they really need help with without a little push to do so. I can also now also generate reports on each student and you know how important data is! With a premium membership you can even assign different lists to groups in your class, making differentiation easy. Another great benefit is that there are no ads on the premium site.

Did you know that you can check out the premium games without even being a premium member? If you're curious to see what you're missing, just choose a pre-made list from the teacher resource page and you & your students can access all of the games, even the premium ones!

The VSC site itself is really very user friendly, both for the students and you.  There are even free training videos that you can check out {HERE}. If you haven't signed up for their newsletter, click {HERE} to check it out. They are always short and sweet but packed with lots of good information.

So, let's get to the goodies! Vocabulary Spelling City has generously offered a one year premium membership valued at $49.99 to one of my blog followers! Very cool, right? Enter below via Rafflecopter and I'll announce the winner here Monday, February 6. Good luck friends!
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40 comments:

  1. I love Spelling City! I just discovered it a few weeks ago, and know it will be a staple in my class from now on. It's definitely a great resource for intervention and challenge to those students who need it. I'd love to have tracking data as well!

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  2. I use Spelling City as a homework option also! My kids so enjoy this over the traditional method of writing their words 3x each! I would LOVE to be able to use the entire site and not just what is available for free! :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac

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  3. I love all the fun games they offer for students to practice spelling!!! It's great!!

    Ali
    alischepis(at)gmail.com

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  4. I love the features of this website.
    it will be a great resource for my students that need extra help/

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  5. My students love spelling city!! My dughters favorite game is the hang mouse game. It is fun and very educaqtional.

    Thanks,
    Lori

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  6. I love Spelling City! (Congrats, girl, by the way!! =)
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue Skies

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  7. I love all the spelling games!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  8. I love spelling city. I have never been able to afford the premium membership so I would love to try it out!! My students are like yours -- VSC is their favorite homework activity each week!! Sometimes after they do their nightly activity, they will play on the website too!! (they can only use it for credit once a week)

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  9. I have used spelling city for a few years now and I love how easy it is to upload and make lists available. My students love to use it for review. They think the games are fun! :)

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  10. I have been using Spelling City with my class for homework and they love it. I didn't know the activities were printable so thanks for telling me that!

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  11. I use Sspelling City to introduce our words. I would love to access to the other games.

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  12. I love how easy it is to manage different lists and parents love it for studying words at home.
    Caroline
    brantcc@bay.k12.fl.us

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  13. I use a spelling contract in my third grade class. They beg for Spelling City to be included...and if it isn't one of the choices...they use it anyway!

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  14. I just started using it and I think it is great! My parents think it is so nice to have the spelling lists online.

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  15. I love how you can change it to meet the different levels of students in your classroom!
    Krissy Miner
    Mrs.Miner's Monkey Business

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  16. I love Spelling City! My students can't get enough of HangMouse.

    Lisa
    stories114.blogspot.com

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  17. I have been using Spelling City almost from the beginning! My students love doing their spelling homework and it's the most popular choice on their spelling tic-tac-toe board. Both their parents and I love how they can take a test to prepare for the real one

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  18. I use Spelling City {free version} in my literacy centers. The students use it to practice their spelling words and with the game-based format, they don't even know they're learning! It's amazing :)


    Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

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  19. LOVE Spelling City. Been using it for years. Congrats!
    Dragonflies in First

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  20. I use spelling city as a center activity for my students. They love the hangman game with the mouse and cat. I would love to incorporate the vocabulary part. I have a separate vocabulary center for that. Love your blog!

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  21. I love using Spelling City for my spelling pretest and as one of the choices in my word work center. My kids love Hangmouse.

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  22. I love the different games it has to learn the spelling words.

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  23. This post is perfect, I've really wanting to use Spelling City but haven't had the time to get familiar with it.

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  24. I think it is a great way for students have fun studying spelling words.

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  25. I love Spelling City. I have been trying to get my school to purchase the premium membership. I have a little boy from Pakistan who has difficulty pronouncing some letters and words, so this site helps him tremendously! He uses it at home to help him with his spelling words and dolch word lists.

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  26. I've used Spelling City for a number of years. It was a great resource for my ESL students and then for all students as we moved into Words Their Way.

    Now teaching kindergarten and now planning on it being one of their word work stations!

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  27. I love spelling city! I have used it for the past two years! The kids always love hangmouse! I would love the premium membership
    Thank you,
    Michelle

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  28. Spellingcity is a wonderful asset to our homeschool. I have been using it for a few years now. I just love the new upgrades they have been making. The grade book is an excellent help as well as the assignment section. My children just love learning the spelling and vocabulary through the interactive games.

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  29. My kids have played with Spelling City and love it but I'm curious about the options with Premium Membership. Thanks for the post!

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  30. Spelling City is a staple in my classroom. The kiddos get so excited when it is their turn at the computer station. I have always wanted a premium membership, but there always is something coming up in my own family that needs that money attention! Crossing my fingers!!

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  31. My students love Spelling City. It would be wonderful to access more of the activities!

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  32. I have been using Spelling City for several years now and my kids love it. They would really like the additional activities on the premium program. Thanks for offering the contest.

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  33. My kids love taking tests and playing games on Spelling City. My parents like the ease of access to the spelling and the "Teach Me" section. This is my first year using and I will be using it for many years in the future. Fingers crossed that I might be the lucky one to win!

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  34. I use it with my special education students who have different spelling lists. They practice each day, using the games, and take a practice test on Wednesday. I print it and send it home. I also encourage parents to use it at home. The students love it, as do I!

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  35. Here's the benefits of premiums (several people asked):
    - tracking of student activity with reports including exact lists of words that were right/wrong
    - online submission and grading of writing practice
    - the assignments function
    - ability to put students and lists in folders
    - NO advertisements
    - and ALL the games and activities work. Definitions, parts of speech, SpeedySpeller, Letterfall, Word-O-Rama!

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  36. I love that Spelling City is something different from just paper and pencil. A better motivator for them. I also love that they do it on their OWN time at home!! How often does that happen?!?

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  37. VocabularySpellingCity is a fabulous website that no teacher should have to be without.  My students no longer complain about spelling homework, they love it and occasionally do more than I’ve assigned.  I have a Premium Membership so I am able to assign different activities and monitor their progress. There are also many great teacher resources. My students favorite activities are unscramble (free) and SpeedySpeller (Premium).

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