Teacher Picks: Our Reviewer Tests Siboney Learning Group, Spelling Buzz
Diana Lawsky gives us her review of Siboney Learning Group's Spelling Buzz.
Description: Reviews the foundation of classroom instruction in spelling rules and is tied into each specific state’s curriculum standards.
Pros: It has a very bright and lively interface and the sound quality was excellent as well. A bee called Buzz introduces each activity. There is a program for grades K-3 and another for grades 4-6. When using the product for K, 10 words with the short a sound were introduced. A voice read the word, used it in a sentence, spelled the word, and read the word again. In another exercise the student has to type the word that is spoken. If she doesn’t do it correctly, she can press a hint button that uses the word in a sentence. If she gets it wrong a second time, the first letter of the word is filled in. The third time wrong the word is put up on the screen and a voice reads each letter in the word. This would help minimize frustration. I really liked the worksheet generator. The teacher can create worksheets on exactly whatever spelling rule the students need to practice. Another activity lets students uncover a picture by spelling words correctly. This is a really fun way to practice and learn an often boring subject.
How would this product be useful in the classroom? This would be a great complement to classroom instruction. Whenever the students are studying spelling, they can practice with this program. It could be used as reinforcement whenever a student had free time.
Price: Single license, $69.95.