Vocabulary is responsible for 70% of reading comprehension problems in elementary schools. And while the research is clear on what most students require to build vocabulary (12 spaced multimodal encounters with a word), many schools ignore the research and reading scores suffer.
SpellingCity’s Journey to VocabularySpellingCity At VocabularySpellingCity, we went through a transition, moving from being a spelling program to one focused on vocabulary building and reading comprehension. Here’s our story from the beginning. I had a few goals in 2010 when I was starting SpellingCity, as I
January 2018 Update: Five new reading foundation skills games just launched in addition to Sound It Out: Sort It Out Vowels Which Letter Team? Sound Counter Word Counter Vocabulary Memory Match These phonics games are all based on VocabularySpellingCity’s revolutionary
One of the brightest trends that I see in education today is a broad nationwide move to have students own their learning and to adopt a growth mindset. I’m particularly encouraged to see that this is a distinct trend in elementary schools. In
Everyone would like it if students took more “ownership” of their learning. Students would like it, and so would parents and teachers. VocabularySpellingCity makes it easy to give students more accountability for their own learning. Once they’ve chosen a book
In my visits to elementary schools, especially the Title I schools with deeply disadvantaged students, I often wonder what more we can do for the students who are not getting the broad exposure and stimulation that will prepare them for success. One
Help Me … Help You! Remember that funny scene and line from the film Jerry Maguire? It came to mind this morning when I came into the office early and participated in a major software release for VocabularySpellingCity. Today we
I’m just back from the International Literacy Conference and I was struck my some apparent elementary ELA industry trends: Principals, literacy coaches, and teachers all seemed to be moving away from basal readers as core curriculum. More often, they are
To celebrate Mother’s Day, the mayor of VocabularySpellingCity reviews her emphasis on grammar and his interest in language arts style guides. “Frankly, Mom would have loved Mary Norris, a copywriter at The New Yorker. She’s known as the Comma Queen”
The Question: We asked of our users is to just tell us something about how they use VocabularySpellingCity. Here’s a collection of comments. I use spellingcity on a daily basis. I assign assignments or let students choose activities to practice words.