Do you see the smile on Dimples’ face? That is the expression she wore the day she got 105% on her spelling test. Not only did she get 23 spelling words correct, she also got the five bonus words! This was an extraordinary contrast to her previous spelling tests.
How did she improve so dramatically? I can tell you. She finally got the practice and repetition she needed each day. Did I finally become an awesome mom who quizzed all of her kids on their spelling words each night? Sadly, no, but I did become a mom who spent a little bit of time on Saturday recording all four of my girls’ spelling lists with my new SpellQuizzer software. (hint: read to the end of this post for Give-Away information.)
The creator of SpellQuizzer, Dan Hite, contacted me to ask if I would like to try his program and then review it. I thought it sounded interesting, but it was just as we headed into the holidays and it took me ages to get to it. I wish I had done it earlier. I am a huge fan of anything that makes my crazy life easier.
There are lots of neat techy aspects to SpellQuizzer, but I’ll tell you about it from my non-techy mom perspective……Rusty downloaded the SpellQuizzer software to my computer. Impatient as usual, I decided to try to figure out how to use it without reading the instructions. I opened the program, it gave me the choice “Create a Spelling List”, I clicked on that and I was ready to create Dimples’ list for the upcoming week. I typed in a word, then recorded the word and a sentence with a microphone. I did this for all 28 words in minutes. It was such a breeze that I then recorded Ladybug, Honeybee, and Boo’s spelling lists too.
The girls immediately began taking turns quizzing themselves on their spelling words each day. When they missed a word, it showed them the correct spelling, and at the end of the list it offered to repeat the misspelled words. The girls could see their progress and when they finally got 100% of the words correct, the program cheered and applauded. They loved it!
The wonderful extra benefit for Dimples was that her anxiety decreased as she practiced. She was no longer waiting for somebody to have time to quiz her, she could confidently quiz herself. She began using using SpellQuizzer each evening and again in the morning before school.
I’ll be honest that I was a little bit nervous when she left for school Thursday morning, but she came home with a huge smile on her face. She made me close my eyes before she placed her test in my hands. For the first time this school year, she got a perfect test score which exempted her from the final test on Friday. She was so happy! My homeschooled girls also got 100% that week!
The second week Dimples got 103% on her test and the next time she earns100%, her name will go on the Stellar Speller chart. She is motivated!
An unexpected turn happened when Ladybug decided to enter and record her own words. Honeybee followed, and even Boo has created her own list. It is that easy to use.
For moms with kids in school, homeschooling moms, or moms with feet in both worlds, like me, SpellQuizzer is fantastic. Download a free trial and give it a whirl; if you love it you can purchase it for $29.95. I would love to hear if it works for your kids as well as it does for mine.
To make things even more exciting, I am giving away a free copy of SpellQuizzer!
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