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Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Engaging spelling app is a teacher's dream.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn spelling and improve their vocabulary and grammar through SpellingCity's word lists and activities. Kids can also listen to pre-recorded audio playback for each word and hear how it's used in a context-rich sentence. The in-app sample lists include math and science words, compound words, sound-alike words, analogies, and prefix/suffix words. SpellingCity is an engaging app that gives kids customized, relevant spelling and vocab activities. 

Ease of Play

It's easy for kids to access and figure out SpellingCity's in-app sample spelling lists and games. However, young kids may find it tricky to maneuver through the app's interface to locate web-based spelling lists and activities. Once there, though, kids can search for lists saved to their teachers' or parents' SpellingCity web account. 

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Any inappropriate words in spelling lists created on the SpellingCity website are filtered out and are not accessible to kids.


The app is free and has no advertising. It works in partnership with the SpellingCity website, where parents and teachers can create word lists for kids to practice and study on the website or app. Parents and teachers can upgrade their SpellingCity.com account to a Premium membership, which includes enhanced features like individual student logins, student data tracking, and premium games and activities. Premium accounts are $29.99 per year for a family and $49.99 per year for a single classroom.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SpellingCity is a companion app for the website www.spellingcity.com, where teachers and parents can create customized word lists to help kids improve spelling, vocabulary, and grammar. The app has a lot of flexibility making it helpful for kids who need alternative ways to learn how to spell. It also has an audio component that can help kids who have difficulty comprehending words and spoken language. SpellingCity is designed for kids in grades K-12, but getting started and navigating the app will be tricky for younger users who are just learning to read. It's most helpful when kids can access a web-based SpellingCity word list customized by a parent or teacher in order to practice words they're studying at home or school.


User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKangaToHerRoo September 18, 2014
My daughter did not write, and had terrible spelling. She hates mindless repetition. I had tried 3-4 spelling curricula before we found Spelling City. I had r... Continue reading
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byAnechka August 28, 2014

Got old after 2nd Grade

My kid semi-liked practicing for his spelling test using this tool in 1st and 2nd grades. It allows you to make your own spelling lists and for teachers to post... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Kids can choose a spelling list from the 10 sample lists or search for a list by username, teacher name, parent name, or school zip code. Once they pick a list, kids can choose one of six activities including hangman, matching, sentence unscramble, and a spelling test. The app is best if used in partnership with a parent or teacher's SpellingCity web account. If a parent or teacher has a Premium account, kids can login with a username and password and the app will keep records of their performance on the activities.

Is it any good?

SpellingCity is a great assessment tool, particularly for classroom teachers and homeschooling parents. Even if kids don't have access to a student login for SpellingCity, the app's engaging and colorful interface draws them in and offers fun ways to build spelling, vocabulary, and grammar skills. The pre-recorded audio playback reinforces learning and custom spelling lists motivate learners with words that are relevant (for teaching specific subjects or to learn various spellings of a root word, for instance).

It's important to note that the app is meant for student use only; there's no teacher or parent login available in the app. In addition, kids and parents can't use SpellingCity to make their own spelling lists -- this has to be done on the website. And in order for the app to save any learning data, kids must have access to a student login, which is only available if a parent or teacher has a Premium membership.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Use your kids' spelling words in everyday life -- around the home, on the way to school, at the grocery store, in conversations over the dinner table.

  • Reinforce learning by asking your kids to write out each spelling word on paper. Extend learning by helping them write a complete sentence for each spelling word.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading, spelling, vocabulary
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making
    Self-Direction: effort, identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Price: Free download but requires site-based subscription
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (requires a $34.95/year subscription through the website, and supports up to five users)
  • Release date: July 30, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 27.70 MB
  • Publisher: SpellingCity
  • Version: 2.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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For kids who love spelling and vocab

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