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VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership ~ Review

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Have you heard about VocabularySpellingCity? I’m sure you have! We have used the free version for many years but over the last couple of weeks we were given the opportunity to review VocabularySpellingCity’s Premium Membership! While we enjoyed the free version having the Premium is so much better!!!

After you purchase the Premium Membership you create a parent account and then you can add up to 5 students into your class, and they can be all in different grades.The Teaching Resources page has many great features for you to use to set your child’s account. There are Language Arts Lessons, Articles, Useful Word Lists, & Help & Information, with tons of how to videos and helpful resources. After you have created your account and added your students you need to make a list, there are how to videos to help you if you get stuck, there are also premade Word Lists that you can use or you can add any words you want. So if your science curriculum has vocab word, or your history lesson, or any other words that you feel your child needs to know you can manually add them to a list.

Since Leann and Bella are in 2nd grade and I wasn’t sure about which words to put in, so I decided to use the Summer Program – grade 2 list. Once the lists are made you can then assign activities with due dates, you can add as many or as few as you would like. The girl’s first week was a bit overloaded with assignments. All of the activities are really fun and I had a hard time choosing which ones they should do, but I realized that if I only assign 4-5 activities a week then typically they would play other games just because they were fun and not because they had to!

Here’s a peek at a few of the fun filled games that they get to play!!

Flash Card: gives the word and the meaning. Great study tool! photo flashcard_zps3b3e1de7.jpg


Word-O-Rama – Game show host asks the question and the student guesses!! FUN!! photo wordorama_zps693e47d4.jpg


Letter Fall – Student moves the mouse back and forth trying to catch the right letters! photo letterfall_zps87fc7ce0.jpg

   Another great option is the App!

Courtesy of VocabularySpellingCity: Both free and Premium Members can log in through the app for easy access to their lists! Students of Premium Members can complete their assignments and parents and teachers also have easy access to their student records through the app. Premium students assigned to multiple teachers’ classes have the option to select the teacher whose assignments they wish to complete through the app.

Games available through the App. spelling3 So how do you know if your child likes it?? When it’s time for bed and this is what she is doing: spelling4    

VocabularySpellingCity is for ages K-12th grade.

Price: Families with up to 5 students $29.99 or Classrooms with up to 25 students $49.99, they also have pricing options for schools.

Typically the girls would work on VocabularySpellingCity for about 30 minutes a day. The assignments only took a few minutes to complete but then they would play other games.

Bella’s view: I really like this program, I LOVED playing all the different games!

Leann’s view: I LOVE IT!!! I have so much fun playing the games on my phone and on the computer! The only thing is that I wish Word Search was on the phone app.

My view: This program is super easy to set up and to monitor the kids progress. Having the word lists also helped to take a bit of the burden off of my shoulders, since I didn’t have to look through the books and come up with words. I love the progress tracker, I can tell how long each of the girls took to complete an assignment, how long they played each game, each time they log into their account, it also grades the tests for me! No more hunting for loose papers, everything is neatly put onto a sheet that is printable for your records.

I would recommend this program for ALL students. Whither you are a homeschooler, public school or private these games are a fun a helpful tool for all kids to learn a better vocabulary and spelling skills. 

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“Prices are accurate at the time of this review.”


Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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End of the Year Carnival

I have wanted to do a carnival themed party for like ever and it just never seemed to work out but this year we finally had our carnival!!photo (2)I had soooo much fun planning this event, when we were finished and I stepped back to take it all in I was blown away. My hubby is the best!! You see I have the great ideas and he is the one who takes my vision and brings it to life. I just LOVE how our brains work so well together!!

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And you can’t have a carnival without food!carnivalfood1

We jazzed up the snacks by making these tags. I downloaded this cute circus font for free!  We were able to pick up the cotton candy at our local Dollar Tree, we already had the popcorn bags and we printed up the water bottle labels and just taped them on.

Setting up was fairly easy. We picked up primary color tablecloths from the Dollar Tree and ordered carnival decorations from Oriental Trading. We made a few games and then strung up the big prizes.

Add in a Photo Booth & Gamesphoto (8)Primary colored paper hung on the wall with balloons. Add in some props & have fun!!

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photo (11)Red Solo Cups and a few soft balls (we used those water balls from the Dollar Tree) are great for a Ball Toss. photo (9)

We took a piece of wood drilled 8 holes in it, glued 8 golf tees into the holes and places ping pong balls on the tees. The kids had to shoot the balls with a water gun. Insider tip: Don’t use washable paint when shooting water, LOL

photo (7)Small kiddie pool filled with water, foam fish with a magnet attached to them. (They will float). We used bamboo and string with a paper clip for our poles.  GEDC2196

GEDC2188 We printed up these signs for each station too.

Carnivals are sooo much fun!! The kids had a blast and went home with tons of prizes and lots of fun memories. As sad as it was to see 9 of my Gopher Buddies graduate and know that they are moving up, the day ended on a high note.

Did/are you planning a end of the year celebration?

Now I’m off the plan next years end of the year party, LOL yep I’m the planning type of person!!

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com