Spelling City is useful to parents, teachers, and kids. When you first get to the website, you're invited to enter some words and then choose Test Me, Teach Me, or Play a Game. As simply as that, you're up and running. Or, you can navigate to find out more about the site, which has:
Over 42,000 spelling words and customizable sentences
A REAL person who says each word and sentence
Free home pages for teachers and parents to save lists
Teacher training videos to show teachers and parents how to use SpellingCity.com
Customizable sentences for words with multiple meanings (e.g., a scale for weighing, to scale a mountain, the scale on a map)
Free printable handwriting worksheets for handwriting practice with your saved lists
Free teaching resources with lists and lesson plans for teaching high frequency words, compound words, sound-alike words (their, there, they're), contractions, possessives, and more. There are also lists for learning state capitals.
Twelve games to play online or to print: Spelling, Word Meaning, Vocabulary, Alphabetical Order
A free forum and newsletters with more vocabulary and spelling resources.
I chose to enter some words and take a test. When I deliberately (honest!) misspelled "atturney", the website queried me. You can also add your own sentences with Custom Sentences. The video about this explains it in detail. I really liked the How To videos which are short and clear explanations of how to get the most benefit from the site. Another feature is the literature based word lists. I tried Swiss Family Robinson with a game called Hangmouse.
Learning how to spell words can be such a chore for some kids. I think adding technology in the form of a website like Spelling City might just sweeten the process. Anything that makes learning fun and worthwhile definitely gets the Book Chook Feather of Approval!
Public Domain image Allegory of Teaching circa 1600, from Wikimedia Commons