Information for home school users

Are you looking for a well-structured, clearly set out and adaptable spelling program?

Spellzone has proved a very useful resource for those who are home schooling. It is also ideal for parents who want to support their children's school work and adults who want to improve their spelling for their studies or careers. The structure, teaching points and exercises in the Spellzone courses make it ideal for learners with spelling difficulties such as dyslexia.

All your family can use Spellzone to improve their spelling! Parents need no expert knowledge in teaching spelling as the Spellzone courses follow a logical progression and all spelling rules are clearly explained at each stage.

To help you to get started, the Spellzone Spelling Ability Test provides a baseline 'Spellzone Score' and creates a personal 'Course Pathway' for each student. These may include units from the Spellzone Starter Course and the Spellzone Main Course.

The test  is repeated at key points and the scores and pathways updated according to the progress made.

The Spellzone Main Course assumes that users that can spell phonically simple words with short vowel sounds and hard consonants (for example, run, sit, stand, jump). The course follows a logical progression and all spelling rules are clearly explained at each stage. There are extensive word lists for each rule with practice in the form of games and interactive tests.

The Spellzone Starter Course is an entry level resource provided to help learners who are not yet at that level. These include primary pupils, older students who are still struggling with basic spelling concepts, and lower level users of English such as ESL and EAL students.

The Spellzone Starter Course teaches the basic phonic rules of how to spell short vowel sounds and hard consonants with just one letter.  All word lists follow a structured, cumulative approach. Each page deals first with sounds new to that page and then include sounds from earlier lists.  Only those sounds that have already been introduced are included.

Spellzone can be used anywhere with an internet connection including mobile devices. All work is checked instantly and results and level of engagement are stored securely online so you can monitor and evaluate progress at any time and print certificates to reward progress.

Word lists

If you have any spelling lists of subject-specific words or there are some technical words that you need to learn for your work, you can upload them for immediate use. There are also 1,000s of pre-loaded word lists on Spellzone:

All word lists:

The meaning of most unfamiliar words can be checked in the Spellzone dictionary.

Further information

Is your son or daughter dyslexic? Many parents of dyslexics choose to educate their children at home. Spellzone is written by an experienced teacher and dyslexia specialist who is also the author of several books for dyslexics. For further information on how this spelling course can help dyslexics please see: Spellzone and dyslexia.

Is the content of Spellzone suitable for young children? The answer is yes!

British and American spelling

If English is not your first language, Spellzone can help them in many ways. Spellzone covers both British and American spellings so it is also suitable for international students. For more information, click here.

For more detailed information on the Spellzone teaching content please see: Questions and answers for teachers and tutors

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