I have been facing a challenge at home. My second grader has started to have trouble with her weekly spelling words. She is starting to get words that she can't just sound out. She needs to do more drills and pay more attention to patterns. She needs to start to learn how to more actively learn. She can also be very stubborn. There are some nights that I will try and explain something to her and her response is "Mom, I know!"
How do I help her learn to be a more purposeful learner while fostering her natural LOVE for school that she still has; I want her to hang onto that for as long as possible!
I recently got an iPad, so I did a search for "spelling" and one of the first hits in the app store was "A+ Spelling." I'm in love! It is so simple! It is the perfect way for me to set my daughter up to be able to study her spelling words independently each week. This app does not contain pre-set spelling lists, it allows you to create your own! As you are entering the list you are able to record each word as well. For younger learners, this may be a good job for a parent, but for older students they could even set up their own spelling lists giving them extra practice and added independence.
Once the spelling list is ready to go students can then practice the words, play a word scramble where they hear the word and then need to put the letters in the correct order, take practice tests in "Ace it," and take a spelling test. A wonderful feature of this app is that in the "Ace it" activity and "Test" activity it keeps track of which words the student got correct and which they got incorrect. It even will note how they incorrectly spelled the word if they got it wrong. For example, if the word played for them is "spot" and they type "spat," it will note that for you in the right margin of the spelling list. How great is that?! My child can independently work on her spelling words AND I can go back and see how she did!
We just started to use this app, but I am very excited about the possibilities. As we experiment with it more, I will have to let you know what cool things we do with this app....I'm already thinking about how I can use it to practice vocabulary words with that cool recording function. Until then, check it out for yourself!
Technology has taken the world by storm. It has changed the way we do EVERYTHING no matter what hat we are wearing.