Spelling Made Simple is a proven program that helps teach everyone how to spell simple to complex words. The user can see or hear the word and then type the answer. Statistics are kept to see improvement and better understand student's needs.
I am using it with 3rd and 6th grade this year. I would say that it hasn't been one of those storybook type accounts where the kids spelled so horribly and now it is a breeze. However, they are better spellers. They enjoy getting on the computer and doing their spelling so it isn't like pulling teeth to get them to practice their words.
One thing they do (this isn't the intent of the program, I know) is make up stories and put them as wordlists. Then, they have fun listening to the computer read it back to them. They work hard to make sure that they spell all the words correctly in their silly stories.
We do like it, and I am thankful that we can use it.
I am a homeschooling mother of 5, 3 of whom are old enough to study spelling. They are in grades 6, 4 and 2. We LOVE Spelling Made Simple. I found your program by accident while searching for a web-based spelling program that a friend of mine was using (wizard spell, or something like that.) My then 3rd grader was floundering through his spelling lists. He needs a more multi-sensory approach in learning all of his subjects. My modifications in his spelling were not working. This was exactly what he needed: hear, see, type. It took him about two weeks to get comfortable with the program. After that, his test grades went from failing to perfect! My other children showed marked improvement in their scores as well. They really look forward to seeing the graph of their time and percentage correct at the end of the week. They challenge themselves to beat their own time each day.
Additionally, I am a licensed teacher and I provide year-end assessments for local homeschoolers. I recommended your program to all of my clients. I have also told all of my other friends about it. I don't know how many of them decided to try it or not. I will find out when I see them for assessments again this summer!
I love everything about the program. The only part that I have needed to work on are some of the audio files. Often, our spelling lists contain homonyms. Since my children practice their tests at least once per week on "audio only", I have needed to make all of my own audio files for those words. I include a short definition or sentence with the word, because it takes too much time for a definition to pop up on the screen. After all, my children are racing against the clock to keep that time graph going down!
My daughter (5th grade) and I both love your program. My second grader asked to start Spelling Made Simple, even though I don't have him scheduled to start spelling till next year, and he enjoys it as well. I loved not even having to come up with lists for him. I have recommended it to my homeschool groups on several occasions. It is so elegant and simple, yet so customizable. And I'm not just saying that for the password, either. ;-)
Anyway, thank you for your consideration. I understand if I need to repurchase the software. Just thought I'd check with you first.
It was worth the full purchase price anyway. My 3rd grader heads straight for the computer to take his “spelling test” each day, as soon as he comes home from school. He was averaging 30% on his scores at school until I put him in touch with your software. Now he has scored 100% each time for the last 4 weeks of tests!
Your software is really great. We are using it with three of our kids: ages 11, 9 and 8. Our oldest daughter (11) has been a terrible speller and has done beyond poorly the last couple of years. She also showed very little interest in improving. I stumbled upon your software at our local homeschool bookstore (www.homeschooldiscountproducts.com) and we started it the next day. This year she rarely makes below a B and our other kids love the program and are doing great. Thanks for being such a huge source of help and encouragement to our family.