Who has time for crazy spelling homework? Not ME.
Has anyone else wanted to pull their hair out when it comes to all the crazy spelling and vocabulary homework teachers give? When he was in 2nd grade, my son’s teacher decided their homework should be 3 times a week doing crazy things that took up so much time. Like put shaving cream on your table and have the child write their words in it. HA, ok sure we have plenty of time to make one more huge mess to clean up, just add it to the already long list of things us moms have to do every day. Plus, these efforts got him all worked up, and ended with me fighting with him to do it every day. The best thing was that even with doing the crazy homework, he was failing his spelling test every week!
The year before his teacher used a program called VocabularySpellingCity, and it was wonderful! He got on VocabularySpellingCity.com and played games with his spelling words for the week, then made 100’s on his tests.
I finally had a meeting with his 2nd grade teacher to plan a new strategy. I told her that it wasn't us just trying to get out of homework, but it was us wanting to spend that time doing something that would help him learn his spelling. She agreed. Each week I took three screenshots of games he played and finished. I emailed them to the teacher so it could count as his homework grade. What do you know? Amazingly, he started getting 100's on his test rather than 30's. I’ve been using this FREE online spelling program for him since 2nd grade, but last year he got a little bored with the free games. I got the premium membership this year. It's awesome because now that he is in the 5th grade, he also takes vocabulary tests. The premium membership has games for vocabulary too, and it lets him have FUN in an independent way to study his words. All we do is enter the words. After that, he is able to test himself with correction from the “computer,” not from me. He also loves playing the fun games like Hang Mouse and Unscramble, which serve to further enforce the spelling words. From a mom of an ADHD student I can tell you, the membership is worth it for every argument I don't have to get into with my son. With VocabularySpellingCity.com, he earns A's on his tests.
Here are some links that would be helpful:
- http://www.spellingcity.com/parent-spelling-resources.html, understanding the product features
- http://www.spellingcity.com/pm-overview.html, understanding the difference between free vs. premium
- http://www.spellingcity.com/faqs.html, videos page
Disclosure: My story is true. My opinions are my own. After years of using VocabularySpellingCity.com, I told the company my story and wrote this blog post as an endorsement. I received an annual premium membership. Thank you VocabularySpellingCity!