Spelling: Squeebles Words Makes Learning to Spell a p-i-e-c-e of c-a-k-e

A few months ago we recommended Times Tables: Squeebles to help kids learn their multiplication tables. With ‘rithmatic covered, we were excited to take a look Spelling: Squeebles Words to help improve children’s reading and writing.

Spelling: Squeebles Words works with the spelling lists that many children memorize each week. Kids can earn 15 different adorable digital Squeebles by taking spelling tests. Each Squeeble plays squeeberang — a digital minigame that players can play after they’ve finished a test.

Before the child can get to work, the parent or teacher has to put in the spelling words. Parents have to type and speak each word. Parents can add as many words to a particular test as they choose. Parents can also designate a word as case sensitive, which is a great tool for teaching kids proper capitalization when spelling.

Since it is summer, many kids don’t have weekly lists coming home, but there are a number of web resources available to help generate spelling lists for your child.

Once the child starts taking a particular test they see and hear the word before moving to the next screent to type it in. If the child makes a mistake they see a screen with the correct spelling.

After a number of correct answers the user unlocks a Squeeble. The Squeebles can be taken to play squeeberang (similar to throwing a boomerang, but with a Squeeble riding on it). During play users unlock stars that can be redeemed for additional squeeberangs.

Download Spelling: Squeebles Words from the App Store for $1.99. This universal app will run on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

What I liked: The app has the potential to be extremely useful for nascent or struggling spellers since it can be customized to meet a specific list of words.

What I didn’t like: Customizing the app is a lot of work. It might be quicker to test kids orally on their words. Parents should be ready to put in the time initially to get the tests set up for their children. It would be great if the child got a chance to retype the word correctly when they make an error.

To buy or not to buy: Spelling: Squeebles Words makes spelling practice less dull than using a pencil and paper. Since an unlimited number of children can be added to the app, and one test can be assigned to multiple users, Spelling: Squeebles Words is a great choice for classrooms with iPads.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite