Disclosure: I received this product free through the Homeschool Review Crew
When I was offered a choice of several products from The Crafty Classroom, it didn’t take much thought to decide that Superstar Spelling would the be most useful. Mr. Imagination uses his imagination fairly freely when he’s writing, and I was hoping that this would help him learn to spell better.
I love that I can choose the words that he practices. I have chosen the words for him by looking over things he has written, especially in his workbooks, and making a list to practice from the words he misspelled. The pages are editable; I simply open the PDF, type in the 20 words I want him to practice this week on the first page, and the words are filled in throughout the document. Each day, he works on a few pages of various activities, and every couple of days does either a practice or a final spelling test. (One thing I really like about the spelling tests is that he gets to grade them himself! He is supposed to either color or fill in an emoji for the ones he gets right, and copy the wrong ones correctly.)
There is quite a range of different activities. About half of them, I would say, are done alone; the rest are to be done with a friend. We have mostly used the ones that are done alone, since it’s hard to come up with someone to do the others with—no one is very excited about playing spelling games! Mr. Sweetie played Battleship Spelling with him one day. The two boys enjoyed it, but it took much longer than a regular game of Battleship. The words for the one board were all short ones, and the other board had long words; it was quite hard to fit all of them in, and then the boy who was guessing them had a hard time figuring out what the words were and which direction they were supposed to be going. It would have worked better to have a mix of longer and shorter words, but I guess that might be hard for a computer program to figure out. Little Miss played Bingo with Mr. Imagination one day, as I called out the words. They loved that, and especially playing with the new game markers we had gotten a few days before.
Robot Roll was one of Mr. Imagination’s favorite pages. He was to roll a die and write the word for whatever number was rolled. He loved seeing which robot won the game! Other pages had him figure out the words by identifying the letters with signs from American Sign Language, or a picture that began with that letter. On some pages, he chooses words he struggles with to practice.
Overall, I would say that Superstar Spelling is worth using. It’s a great way to add some fun to spelling practice. If you had two children using the same list, it would be even better, as they could play games together. I like that it’s editable, and can be used any number of times, with exactly the words that need to be learned. And now, I need to give Mr. Imagination a spelling test with his latest list!
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