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SpellNow is back for Year 2 and it is STILL an exciting way to encourage your child to practice their phonics and spelling skills. I guarantee they will have so much fun playing one of the six spelling games included in this app that they won’t even realize they are learning and spelling their way through the year!

SpellNow was designed to help your child practice and progress through their spelling in a year format. Each lesson is divided in to 4 10-week terms that follow a traditional public school schedule. Each term has 10 lessons within it that you can practice each week, or if your child wants, you can progress through them at your own speed. The lessons build on basic and essential spelling skills beginning with the basic words and gradually increasing in difficulty by adding prefixes and suffixes.

Each of the lessons gives the child the opportunity to practice their spelling by playing one of six games: Word Jumble, Word Spin, Word Check, Word Hide, Word Spell, and Dictation. Word Jumble gives the child a sentence with one word of the sentence scrambled up which the child must unscramble. Word Spin gives the child wheel to spin. The narrator says the word and then they must spell the word they hear. Word Check is a game where the child is given three words and they must find the word that is misspelled and correct it. Word Hide shows the child the word momentarily, and then the child must re-spell the word from memory. Word Spell requires the child to type the letters of the word given by the narrator without any visual cues or hints. Finally, Dictation is like a traditional dictation. The narrator says a sentence and the child must type it out word for word.


The latest edition of this app was just as high-quality and enjoyable as the first. The games and activities are really fun to play and are a great way to practice spelling the same words over and over again without it getting too boring or repetitious for the child. I love how the lessons are divided up and follow a traditional school year so you can use it at home to supplement what your child is doing at school or as a great tool for home-schooling. This app goes for $1.99 on iTunes and it is well worth it! For the amount of words, games, and skills this app covers, that price is a real value. Your second graders are in for a year of spelling fun with Spell Now Year 2 Challenge!

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