App Store – Spelling Hero – Custom Spelling Lists and Spelling Tests. (free right now, normally $0.99)
Tap to Learn is making their Spelling Hero app available for free download for a limited time. If you are looking for an app that can easily help you make customized spelling lists for practice, then this is your app. You can set up different student profiles to track their progress and set word lists based on grade level range. I love that you can set up custom word lists, track misspelled and mastered words, and access the pronunciation, etymology, definition and sample sentences. There is a learn setting and test setting for the app. This is a huge time saver since no flashcards need to be made, students can practice on their own, and parents can track their child’s progress.
This app is perfect for any student who is studying for the National Spelling Bee since this app is based on leading word lists used in spelling competitions. Spelling Hero has more than 2,000 words. If your child is pretty serious about competing for the National Spelling Bee, you may want to consider getting Spelling Hero Advanced which has more than 4,000 words. I often find the most challenging part of the more difficult word lists is trying to figure out from a dictionary how to properly pronounce a word. This app totally solves that problem. No more flipping through pages or looking it up online in an e-dictionary. Just tap and all of it is immediately there for your reference.
Highly recommended for grades K and up. This is also a wonderful tool for homeschooling families in generating spelling lists and tests. Older students may not like the “hero” theme as being to childish, but the app covers plenty of vocabulary that is useful for SAT prep. This is well worth the paid app price.
*currently the learning scrolling function is a little glitchy, but I expect that to be resolved in the next update.