Spelling City

LQ: 8.9


Brain grade: 9.4
Fun score: 8.4

Platform/Console: , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

Spelling City is a website and mobile app that helps users bolster their spelling skills. Upon logging into a premium account, which is usually purchased by school systems and teachers, users will have access to word lists curated by that school system or teacher. These words are then integrated into the variety of spelling, grammar, and word recognition games that both the app and website offer. There are even tests where user activity is tracked, and followed up by a report. But an account is not necessary engage with Spelling City. In the absence of a membership, users can still play the games, but the words will not be personalized by class or school system. Instead they will just the the app’s selection of grade-level words. There are six different games and activities including hangman, matching, sentence unscramble, and a spelling test. This highly functional app is recommended for children 4 and older, as it can be customized to match the age of the user.

this app is good for kids who need help with:


Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Spelling City's ability to track and record the progress of its users is a great way to keep students cognizant of how they are doing. They can take the quizzes after practicing with the many activities and then review their progress. If their scores are not improving, users should seek alternative help either from a parent or tutor. Often times, students are simply unaware that they are struggling in a subject, as test and quiz results usually come after a new chapter is begun. By signing up for Spelling City's premium membership, users will always be aware of their progress. Users can even match the app to what they are learning in school. Users can use the spelling lists that the teachers provide and incorporate those words into the app using the web version.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in our mind while working.

Studying for any test is an activity that requires users to access their working memory. But Spelling City -- particularly the premium account -- forcing users to remember words from class when playing the games from the app. For example, the "unscramble" game will be much easier if children can recall the words from their spelling lists that were administered by their teachers. The "audio word match" game is similar the card game, Concentration. Here users flip cards to find the ones that match. Pairs are then removed from the screen until all the cards are gone. It's a great way for children to practice their rote memorization skills, as they must recreate in mental image of the card's position in order to end the game.


While there technically no writing activities in the free version of Spelling City, spelling in general in an activity that will make users better writers. An varied and robust vocabulary makes it easier for users to convey what they are trying to say when they write. Users can strategically curate themed word lists to them help them group together similar words. This will make it easier to remember each, as they will simply have to recall the group the word was included in. Users should also be sure to work with commonly misspelled words. Spelling errors in print immediately detracts from the overall convinceability of the piece. The premium version offers both sentence and paragraph writing intensive games.

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