Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Homeschool Wednesday: Daily Blog Review---With a Twist! (And My First Giveaway!)

I am SO excited!

As ya'll know, the Daily Blog Review is a daily post highlighting a specific blog in a specific category. I usually choose a blog that I've found and write a short review with links so I can share my find with all of you. I call it "link love gone mad".

On Wednesdays I highlight a homeschool blog. These blogs are very inspiring for those of us who homeschool and even for those of us who don't. After all, most of us have to deal with homework and that can be a source of frustration. We can all use a few tips to make things easier, right?

With that said, today's Daily Blog Review has a new twist. It's a product review! My very first! And a giveaway! How awesome is that?!?! And while this product can be very useful for homeschoolers, it is equally useful for children in other school situations.

For the past two weeks we have been using SpellQuizzer. SpellQuizzer is a computer program download that enhances any spelling program. It's extremely easy to use and get this....it's fun!

Fun? School work? SPELLING?!?! Yes, fun. Here's how it works. You download the program from the SpellQuizzer website. The program comes with a few preloaded graded word lists, but it is very easy to create new lists. As you create your list, you just click a button to record each word, and if tells you if you have misspelled a word. Meaning...your kids can create their own lists. Less work for mom...fun for kids. After the list is complete, you just click "Quiz Me" to be tested. A few minutes on Monday creating a spelling list means complete independent spelling study all week for your student. How great is that?

I used SpellQuizzer spelling program with my two public schooled boys. We recorded the word lists each week and spent maybe five minutes reviewing and quizzing each day. Two 100/A+'s later, we're SpellQuizzer's biggest fans!

We also used this program to study for a science test. How? I recorded brief test review questions on the audio recorder, and then typed in the answers as the "spelling words". Worked like a charm. When my son missed the answer, the SpellQuizzer spelling software flashed the correct spelling (aka answer) to the question.

The SpellQuizzer website is easy to navigate and is packed with helpful information. There is a page specifically directed towards homeschoolers. There is also a community forum for SpellQuizzer users. And the extensive help file will answer all of your questions. You'll even find directions to help you optimize your computer's microphone. (Don't have a mic? You can pick up a USB microphone for under $10.00 at many department stores.)

Be sure to check out the testimonials and download the free trial. We really had fun with SpellQuizzer and I'm sure you will, too. We will be using this program indefinitely.

Now for the good stuff.....

One lucky reader will win a full version SpellQuizzer

spelling software download!

Oh, this is FUN!!!

To win your own SpellQuizzer download (currently selling for $29.95)

  • leave a comment and let me know if you'll use SpellQuizzer to enhance your homeschool, public school, or private school, etc. Be sure to leave your email address for notification and delivery of prize.

For extra entries (post a separate comment for each):

  • Become a follower of this blog
  • Become my follower on Twitter (see sidebar)
  • Tweet about this giveaway
  • Re-tweet for an extra entry

This giveaway ends at 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 29th and the winner will be posted on next week's Homeschool Wednesday: Daily Blog Review.

Okay, so that's it for my very first giveaway! Help me make it a big success by spreading the word!

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