Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SpellingCity - Even more useful

I'm a huge SpellingCity user. We put all of our word lists onto spelling city including math, history, geography, literature, and vocabulary. My kids take tests, play games, create printables, get handwriting practice, have vocabulary practice, and it’s all free. There are ten games that the lists automatically get imported into ranging from vocabulary exercises to alphabetical order. The site is great.
Practice Vocabulary and Spelling at SpellingCity.com

I've just learned from the homeschool online blog that they’ve now added the ability to track student records for test taking.

StudentRecord-Keeping

StudentRecord-Keeping

One homeschooling family builds vocabulary and spelling lists from their math, history, science, and language arts studies. SpellingCity.com not only provides a method to collect, practice, review, and test on these lists, the student records are easily printed for the student portfolios and annual review. (they could be talking about me!)

How do I get started? First, you must be a registered user of SpellingCity.com. To register as a parent or teacher is free. Once registered, when the user logs in to SpellingCity.com, the user should select a menu item on the Teacher Toolbox labelled Student Records which will guide them into activating student records.

How much to track student records? For homeschool families, it’s $29.99 for a year. It’s more if you want to pay by check or handle a group larger than five. There is the opportunity to build homeschool groups with up to 30 for $49.99 which I think they would allow.

Student Gradebook

Student Gradebook

Here’s some more reasons that I’m excited about SpellingCity.com. They are building lists of great interest for each state. The one about Alabama is the first one, I can’t wait until they get Florida done (they announced they’ll all be up by mid September). Also, their lists of resources are fantastic:

High Frequency Words - This collection of Dolch or Sight words is perennially useful. There is both background information and lists ready-to-use.
Compound Words – Kids love studying compound words. Teachers love teaching them. Does your school have a Compound Word Day? It should!
Sound Alike Words or Homophones – All students and many adults benefit from practice distinguishing the right spelling and usage of its and it’s; they’re, there, and their; and to, too, and two.
Word Confusion – This article reviews homophones, homonyms, homographs, and synonyms. Need a quick reminder? Here it is

Contractions – You can build lists using words like: I’ll, we’ll, shouldn’t, and they’re. There are lists of what contractions SpellingCity.com supports.
Abbreviations - You can build lists using abbreviations such as titles (Mr. Dr, Mrs.), measurements (oz., pt, qt.), and geographic terms (Blvd., Pkwy., and Rd.)
Possessives - SpellingCity has added some sample possessive forms of nouns, both plural and singular, for spelling and grammar practice. For example: aunt, aunts, aunt’s, aunts’, boy, boys, boy’s, boys’, lady, ladies, lady’s, ladies’, doctor, doctors, doctor’s, doctors’. As background, SpellingCity has always included both the singular and plural forms of nouns and the the forms of verbs (ex play, playing, played).

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Great Meme about favorite homeschool online resources

From the online homeschooler blog, I found this meme:

What are your favorite online resources for homeschooling category?
  • Favorite parents discussions/forums/newgroups/communities?
  • Favorite homeschool resource directories?
  • Favorite paid sites with homeschooling curriculum materials?
  • Favorite free homeschooling resources sites?
    Favorite homeschool blogs?

Here’s my favorites:

Parents forum: Parents Homeschool Forum
Homeschool directory: Homeschool.com
This year: My two contributions: The Preschool program from T4L and the writing program from T4W.
Favorite homeschool blogs: Topsy Techie and Web Home School and the Online Homeschooler





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