I enjoy reading but when I came across a spelling error, it annoys me. I understand this is like the person in the Bible who has a log in their own eye and is trying to remove the speck from someone's eye. I am not a perfect speller, but when I grow up, I hope to be. My kids run the gamut from being excellent spellers to put it nicely, "really creative spellers". Creativity is something to strive for in art, but not spelling.
SpellQuizzer is a spelling program that helps kids learn their spelling and vocabulary words. The SpellQuizzer web site has pre-made downloadable spelling lists that you can download and use with SpellQuizzer.
When I was given the opportunity to try SpellQuizzer in our homeschool and review it honestly, 'cause that is the kind of girl I am, I jumped at it. I waited until we had ample uninterrupted time to get started with it. I didn't need to do that.
The first great thing I discovered about this program was how easy it is to use. I thought I would need a few hours to get familiar with it. The loading and start up took a whole 3 minutes. I was entering the first word list within 5 minutes. The program is self-guided. I consider myself to be somewhat computer literate, but my pet peeve about so many computer programs is the time spent learning to implement it. I have lost numerous hours of my life, maybe days, trying to tweak S.O.S. from Alpha Omega. I don't have the time or brain cells left for that nonsense. SpellQuizzer gets an A+ for simplicity.
The fun began when I was loading my son's spelling words. I typed each word into the program and read a sample sentence from my The Wise Guide for Spelling. This works fabulous with Spell to Write and Read. The sentences in my book are quotes from the Bible, great literature or famous people. I used some of these, but quickly tired of them. I started making up my own sentences that encouraged character (yes, a little mommy nagging, but gentle) and reiterated some things we were learning in other subjects. Now this was done quickly. Each 20 word list took about ten minutes to enter.
My 3rd born son, whom I will refer to as Random, decided to make his own list. Of course Random's voice lacked my monotone droning. He was using many voices and showing his dramatic leanings. I will be letting him enter his own words, because he really enjoyed this part. The SpellQuizzer web site has pre-made downloadable spelling lists that you can download and use with SpellQuizzer. These were also very easy to download. Random tested himself on the frequently misspelled word lists that I had downloaded.
This is the opening screen shot, this is easy enough for an early reader to use.
This is the simple layout, I did not even have to adjust the audio levels.
With the word lists that were created, my boys now test themselves each day, without any help. They play the list and enter each word. At the end of the list, if they spelled all of the words correctly, they will hear a loud cheer. If they missed any, they were asked if they would like to retest the words they missed. The next week, I bumped them up to 40 words a week. Now once the lists are created, you can reuse them for other children. This is going to be an incredible time-saver. If I was not so self-conscious, I could share my lists with others on the SpellQuizzer web site. There is an excellent support board, similar to the Well Trained Mind forums. I suspect as this program becomes more popular, the forums will be an invaluable tool for families.
If you are like me and troubled by poor spelling, SpellQuizzer could be what you are looking for. It costs $29.95 and is downloaded from www.SpellQuizzer.com. It's very flexible and can be used with virtually any spelling or vocabulary program. It has a page on their website for homeschool support. You need not be a
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