Miss Spell's Class

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Stacy Zeiger, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced quiz game builds vocabulary and spelling skills.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to spell some of the most commonly misspelled words, as identified by Dictionary.com. The particular words in a game appear at random, but kids also can learn about common spelling patterns and discover words they frequently miss. As they play others, they'll learn how their own spelling skills rank against those of their peers and get information to help track correct and incorrect answers. Miss Spell's Class would benefit from a clear leveling system, but the more kids play and see improvement, the more confident they'll become.

Ease of Play

Clear instructions and simple design get kids started right away.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miss Spell's Class is a spelling game from Dictionary.com that introduces kids to commonly misspelled words by having them determine whether the words that flash on the screen have been spelled correctly or not. Although kids can play rounds alone, the game encourages them to play against friends, both through Facebook and with random players. However, kids can't interact with their opponents, only play against them.

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What's it about?

MISS SPELL'S CLASS introduces kids to the most commonly misspelled words, as determined by Dictionary.com. In the timed game, kids see one word after another and must determine whether the word has been spelled correctly or incorrectly. At the end of the game, they receive a letter grade and have the opportunity to review their choices. During the review, kids can see the correct spelling of the words they identified incorrectly and opt to view the definition of each word. In practice mode, kids play against themselves, but they also have the option to play three-round games against Facebook friends or random players.

Is it any good?

Get ready to sweat. With mere seconds to look at a word and decide whether it's been spelled correctly, even great spellers will begin to doubt their abilities. The randomness of how the words appear won't help either. At one moment they may get an easy word such as "winner" and in the next moment receive a bigger word such as "inconsequential." Although the game does a nice job of introducing kids to new words and getting them interested in vocabulary, the randomness of how the words appear will keep them from really learning a lot; a leveling system would allow kids to progress at their own speeds.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Dust off the dictionary and take turns finding obscure words, then challenging other family members to spell them.

  • Keep a word journal, having kids write down new words they discover.

  • Make up new words, come up with definitions, and use them in every day conversation. Talk to kids about how language develops over time.

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For kids who love words

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