Word Wizard - Talking Movable Alphabet with Spell Check and Fun Spelling Tests
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Word Wizard - Talking Movable Alphabet with Spell Check and Fun Spelling Tests is a fun speaking, spelling, short sentence practice, and phonics tool for kids who are just learning to spell and play with letters. The spelling word lists and the option to create your own spelling study list are key features. On the open spelling board, an occasional mispronunciation can get through. For example, the word "awesome" is still pronounced correctly even when "e" is totally omitted from the word. Unless a child is coached to know the slight red glow around a word means it's misspelled, he or she may not keep trying for the correct spelling if the pronunciation sounds right.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids can spell their own words or sentences and hear them spoken back by a computerized voice. Quizzes are essentially rote recollection, although when kids complete a word, they get a sparkly animation as a reward.
By playing on the talking board, kids learn letters and letter sounds. (Note: The pronunciations are not 100 percent accurate.) Kids can also take practice spelling tests, which may transfer to increased classroom-based testing confidence.
Detailed progress and test reports. Choose the voice's speed, tone, and U.K., Australian, or American English. Spelling lists and tests give hints and won't let kids move forward until they spell the word correctly.
What's it about?
Tap on "Movable Alphabet" or "Spelling Quiz." On the movable alphabet board, kids place letters into boxes as they hear each individual sound add to the others to build a word or sentence. Choose Spelling Quizzes, and dozens of built-in word lists pop up as well as the option to create your own, which is as easy as entering the list title and typing in the words. The options to customize include changing the voice speed and tone, American or UK pronunciation, and more. There are lots of tips built into the spelling tests, and fun rewards.
Is it any good?
The spelling lists and the ability to make your own lists for kids to practice for their school spelling test make WORD WIZARD worth buying. It's also fun for kids to spell their own words or sentences and hear them spoken back by a computerized voice speaking UK or American English; settings can also change the voice via speed and tone. But be aware this is not a perfect word-to-voice translator: Kids may misspell some words and still have them auto-pronounced correctly, so you may want to clue them into looking at the red glow around incorrectly spelled words and remind them to keep trying or ask for help so misspelling isn't reinforced.
Families can talk about...
Before your kid starts playing on this app, set all of the customizable options (accent, speed, word list, and more) according to their needs and preferences.
Make sure your kid understands that the red glowing boxes mean there's a spelling error, even if the word sounds correct. (It doesn't happen often, but it does happen.)