VocabularySpellingCity.com

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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City of fun, clever language games is worth visiting.

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Educational value

Kids will learn about new vocabulary words, spelling, and other language skills. Some word lists feature science and math terms, and they'll learn about a few word types, such as homonyms. The games are a fun way for kids to practice language skills. But they may not be challenging enough; kids will view the same set of words, for example, in the Missing Letter game if they play it twice. Some navigation tweaks and additional game content would transform the site from a fun, educational pit stop to a powerful resource that can help kids put new language skills into practice.

Positive messages

Correct responses are rewarded with upbeat messages such as, "Great job!"

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language

The site automatically drops profanity and body-part terms from word lists. Forum posts appear instantly, and sneaking in words such as "a--" is possible. However, the message boards seem overwhelmingly clean, and searches for swear words don't turn up any results.

Consumerism

Ads don't appear to subscribers, but basic users will see some on interior pages that lead to gaming and other types of sites.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that VocabularySpellingCity.com offers about a dozen free learning-based games and other activities, including vocab and spelling lists. Basic site use is free and doesn't require registration. Users can take tests, play games, and access some teaching resources. However, only registered users can save word lists. There's no cost to register; users have to enter a first and last name, an email address, and a username and password to sign up for the site. They can also log in using their Google account. Kids can search for lists that parents or teachers have created through the site's Find a List feature. 
 

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Teen, 13 years old Written bygamergrl13 May 4, 2017

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I need to do a presentation on this site in my Computer Tech class. I used this tool only when I was in 3rd grade. It has games and activities to make learning...

What's it about?

Created by a former game producer, VOCABULARYSPELLINGCITY.COM offers about a dozen free learning-based games and other activities that include vocabulary and spelling lists. Users need to register to save and share lists. Those who purchase a paid, ad-free membership also can access sentence and paragraph writing exercises, flashcards, and additional games. Adults can track kids' progress on spelling tests and other exercises, and kids see correct answers for questions they missed. The site also provides significant resources for teachers.

Is it any good?

VocabularySpellingCity.com's games are easy to figure out and, as an added bonus, typically offer more than one educational benefit. The Word Unscramble game, for example, mixes spelling and vocabulary work with logic practice; similarly, a narrator reads each letter in a word in the site's spelling lessons, which can help kids with pronounciation, reading, and usage. Kids often can get a hint if they're stuck and see correct answers for any questions they've missed, and they move at their own pace.
 
There are a few drawbacks. Kids need a computer with working speakers to view the site, or they'll lose half the educational benefit (and likely get confused). The free activities tend to be for younger children, and kids aren't likely to play the games multiple times because some seem to have only one level and feature the same words. Parents will have to subscribe to access more complex activities. However, VocabularySpellingCity.com's free version provides a decent sample of the site's educational activities -- enough to help kids strengthen some skills -- and the paid version can help parents and teachers track their progress.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which games your child found most helpful. Did spelling out new words help your child remember them, or did the site's other games prove more useful?
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  • Discuss any new terms your child learned on the site. Which did your child find the most difficult to understand, and why? 
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  • Are there any vocabulary words or historical names or terms your child is struggling with in school? Try to use the word in a few sentences to help reinforce it.

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