Sunday, March 1, 2009

SpellQuizzer Review

If you are tired of giving the same old spelling test each week or perhaps you have a child who hates taking those spelling tests each week, SpellQuizzer is a spelling software program you might want to try. This is a very simple little program compared to many software programs out there today, but don't let that fool you. We have thoroughly enjoyed using it and my son has a new found interest in taking spelling tests.

This program has five different options when the main screen appears.

1. Quiz me on a list!- This is where your child will go to take a test from a list you (or your child) has created.
2. Create a spelling list- This is where you or your child will go to create a spelling list (recognizes both US and UK words)
3. Edit spelling list- you can go to any spelling list that has been created and change them.
4. & 5. Import/Export spelling lists- spelling lists can be shared between SpellQuizzer users to save time.

To create a spelling list, it is very easy. Simply type in a word and then record the sentence or phrase that you want your child to hear. Then click a button to add that word to the list and continue until you have all the desired words for that list entered. It's as simple as that! If you do not have a microphone, it is not needed. You can type in reminder phrases your child will see on the screen. However, I recommend getting a microphone. I really think that is best part about the program. Your child will really enjoy hearing the sentences you have recorded for each word. The sillier the better! My son even asked me to wait for him to leave the room one day so he would not hear the sentences I was recording. He wanted it to be a surprise when he took the test.

All of your lists are saved, which is great if you want your child to go back and review certain ones. During a test, if words are missed, he is given the option to correct them at the end. There is one thing I would like to see added to this program though. I wish there was a way for the parent to see the child's progress. When he is done taking the test, there is no way to know how many words were missed and which ones they were. Yes, you can ask your child but it does not give you an accurate answer or even a way to print out their progress to keep track of. Despite this one little thing that could be added, I feel this is a wonderful program! My son hates to write and taking a written spelling test is awful for him. He now looks forward to taking them and it has become one of his favorite activities to do. My husband has even gotten in on the fun and when he is around when I am getting ready to enter the words, I have him do it instead and this is even funnier to my son.

Some other possibilities for using this program are:
Entering vocabulary definitions and your child types in the vocabulary word (which would have to be spelled correctly).
Entering a complete sentence your child would have to type in correctly, including grammar and punctuation.

Another thing to note, if you don't want to make up your own spelling lists, the SpellQuizzer site is in the process of adding downloadable spelling lists that can be imported into the program.

The price of this program is $29.95 for a single license. There is also a discounted rate for multiple licenses for a group.

I highly recommend this program is you are tired for the same old spelling tests you have been doing or your child hates to write. It has really helped change my son's outlook on spelling tests and made it enjoyable for him! To find out more about this program, CLICK HERE. There are also video demos to watch on the site.

Heidi Miller-Ford

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