VocabularySpellingCity provides teachers with appropriate materials to support students at every grade and developmental level, from the most basic word foundations to the most challenging language arts concepts. These tools can address the individual differences and needs of all Exceptional Student Education (ESE), or Special Education Students, from those with learning challenges to those with intellectual giftedness.

Versatile Learning Games

VocabularySpellingCity's learning games allow ESE students to learn progressively. Activities include spelling, vocabulary, handwriting, phonics and writing practice. The following is a description of specific skills targeted by a few of VocabularySpellingCity's learning activities.

  • Audio Word Match helps students make visual-auditory sensory connections.
  • FlashCards are customizable, interactive, and printable to facilitate memory retention.
  • Handwriting worksheets can be printed using your own words and font preferences to help students with their penmanship and fine motor skills.
  • WhichWord facilitates comprehension of real-world applications of vocabulary words through definitions and contextual sentences.
  • Letterfall is particularly stimulating for students with focusing problems.
  • Word-O-Rama is well suited for gifted students as it shuffles the types of clues, from parts of speech to definitions to sentences.

Multi-Sensory Learning and Adjustable Assignments

VocabularySpellingCity's interactive word lists offer students a multi-sensory learning experience. When a word is clicked, students hear the word read aloud, see and hear the word spelled letter-by-letter, and hear the word being used in a contextual sentence. The program makes it easy to differentiate instruction and adapt lessons to individual ESE student's needs. Assignments can be adjusted in length or complexity to fit the needs of the student, and a student's favorite activities can be used to play, practice, and learn.

VocabularySpellingCity can ease the demands on a teacher by providing ESE students with the individual guidance that they require. With a Premium Membership, you can create customized assignments for each student. Learning differences addressed by ESE programs include Superior Intellectual Development (SIE), Specific Learning Disability (SLD), Emotional or Behavioral Disorder (EBD), Intellectual Disability (InD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD), and speech or language impairments. Students with these conditions benefit from a personalized learning environment that cultivates their particular needs. In inclusion, ESE students are placed in a self-contained classroom for over 50% of the time. Other situations have ESE students pulled out of a mainstreamed classroom more often for individualized learning. In some instances, ESE students are taught on their own in a separate classroom or school. With the variety of needs that each ESE student has, VocabularySpellingCity can help to tailor each lesson accordingly in terms of level of complexity and interaction.

Integrated Classroom Pace

One of the biggest challenges in teaching in an integrated classroom setting is maintaining a pace that neither overwhelms some students, nor bores others. Lecturing to a group of ESE students can be particularly challenging because of the varying levels of attention and comprehension. This is where VocabularySpellingCity can help! The self-paced design and immediate feedback are particularly well suited for ESE students, engaging them with colorful graphics and reassuring them with positive reinforcement.

Instruction and Student IEPs

The Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that ensures special education services meeting state requirements are provided to ESE students. Similarly, ESE students are entitled to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), which requires that ESE students be accommodated and provided with an Individual Education Plan (IEP), designed collectively by the child's parents, teachers, and an ESE specialist. The annual plan assesses a student's needs and develops goals to meet those needs. VocabularySpellingCity is a great addition to an IEP, because it facilitates differentiation and assessment while providing engaging learning activities that students enjoy. Whether they are high performing or learning disabled, exceptional students can thrive thanks to specially designed instruction that meets their unique needs.

"Your site is so versatile and useful. I can use parts of it for my lowest special ed students, and my students who are higher-functioning (my lab students) just love it! So do I!"
~B.P. - Teacher
 
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