SpellNow Year 1 is designed for children at the primary level (ages 6-8). It provides spelling practice, highlighting many of the fundamental rules. Parents will appreciate the well-organized content; children will enjoy the age appropriate learning games and activities that feature entertaining cartoon animals.
App for iOS - iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and Android via Google Play
SpellNow Year 1 is a new app by Education Curb Party Ltd. for both iOS and Android devices. The user interface is well designed and intuitive, with navigation arrows showing how to move between screens. The game instructions are clear and presented both orally and visually.
Have a look:
How the App Works-
There are four terms (or levels) that mirror a traditional school calendar. Each term contains 10 different spelling lists, which are arranged from easy to difficult; Skill 1 must be completed to unlock Skill 2, and so on.
Each skill is practiced using six different games:
- Word Jumble- unscramble the letters to make a word
- Word Match- find the word and pick it out
- Word Catch – choose the correct word from a group of four
- Word Build- put the letters together to make the word
- Word Hide- see the word, then type it from memory
- Word Spell- type the word from memory
Hints are available and include repeating the word or using it in a sentence. Also, there is no time limit for choosing answers. Each list focuses on one spelling rule; examples include recognizing short vowels, making rhyming word families, making a word plural, using the silent “e” (or the bossy “e”), and recognizing the sound of vowel combinations like –ea, -ee, -ai. All of the target skills are included in the Common Core State Standards for first and second grades.
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This is the kind of practice that achieves results in spelling. By the time your child has completed all items in List 1, Term 1, he or she has practiced that skill 90 times. (15 words per game X six games per list = 90 words practiced).
I really like the layout of SpellNow Year 1. It is colorful without being cluttered. Its kid-friendly design uses cheerful cartoon animals that provide positive feedback and encouragement. They also tell you when your answer is incorrect.
My only suggestion would be to provide a way for children to advance to the next list if they can demonstrate they already know how to spell words using that rule. Also, a pause button would be invaluable. If a game is stopped, it automatically resets and the answers are lost.
In a Nutshell-
SpellNow Year 1 is a comprehensive program that introduces basic spelling rules and provides guided practice using these critical skills. The six different games help children understand and retain the rules as they work their way through the lists. At Fun Educational Apps, we recognize apps that exceed our expectations, so we award a TOP PICK to SpellNow Year 1 in the category of elementary spelling apps.
Promo Price: $0.99 - RRP: $2.99/£2.29/€2.99
If you like it.... SpellNow Year 2 is now available on the app store and also a TOP PICK for Fun educational Apps!
SpellNow Year 2 finds that sweet spot where gameplay intersects with learning. It is a well-organized, easy to use app that teaches children 6-8 years old the connection between sounds (phonics) and spelling. As with the previous app in the SpellNow Series - SpellNow Year 1 - It’s a TOP PICK for Fun Educational Apps.
Available for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS UniversalFun Educational Apps TOP PICKS
At the time of this review, SpellNow Year 1 contains no ads or in-app purchases. It also has no links to the Internet or to social media sites. Parents can be confident their children’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP), currently working in an school setting with students who have special needs. My goal is to provide reviews that are specific, relevant, and informative for parents, homeschoolers, tutors, and teachers.
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Disclosure: This review was move up the waiting list priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.