App Review – Simplex Spelling HD

When you think about teaching spelling to your kids do you groan at the thought of finding lists of sight words, sitting down and reading the words to them, then grading papers?  I do, so when I had the opportunity to try out Simplex Spelling HD I was encouraged at the thought of eliminating such a tedious task.

Right from the start I was impressed with the app.  The tutorial is fantastic and leads kids through the use of the application while teaching them how to spell.  There’s no doubt you’ll know how to use the app by the time you’re finished with the tutorial.

Spelling lists are broken down into 6 lists with varying degrees of difficulty.  The words from the list are spoken to the user and used in a sentence.  Letters must be dragged from the keyboard to the correct slots above (think hangman) but not in the correct order.  American, Canadian, or British English can be selected to suit the needs of the student using the app.  In addition, you can choose between lower- and uppercase letters on the qwerty or alphabetical keyboard.

The positive reinforcement and hints help the user along toward their goal of spelling each word.  My kids have asked me repeatedly to play the game.  I never thought they’d be so enthusiastic about spelling.

While this is a universal app, I’d recommend that it be used on an iPad.  Some of my kids had trouble dragging the small letters on the iPhone into the appropriate locations and would get frustrated when they couldn’t place them correctly.  Overall, though, I can confidently recommend this app.

Simplex Spelling HD
Price: $4.99 ( a lite version is also available)
Rated: 4+
Categories: Education, Reading, Spelling, Phonics, Sight Words, Vocabulary
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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Disclaimer: I received a review copy of the software that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was/am not expected to return this item after my review. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: http://cmp.ly/1

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