It's hard to get much better than Ultimate Spelling. This spelling software has a massive database of over 160,000 words, all of which come with an audio recording and a definition that you can bring to life on either a PC or a Mac. On top of that, you can add your own words to the database along with a definition for those words, and they can then be used in select parts of the program. There are two spelling exercises, eight spelling and vocabulary games, and a handful of additional resources available to help your children learn how to spell. All of these features, combined with solid support options, make Ultimate Spelling deserving of our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.
The design of this software may not appeal to young children, but that is a minor concern for how much utility this program provides. Ultimate spelling has a variety of lists to choose from. There are words for children from grade one through 10, in addition to words and terms you will need to know for the GRE, the SAT and the TOEFL. This spelling software has uses far beyond teaching your children how to spell, but does an excellent job of that, as well.
Ultimate Spelling has a database of over 160,000 words and allows you to create your own lists. If you or your child have a list of words you need to learn for a specific purpose, Ultimate Spelling makes it easy to add them into the system if they are not already available.
In addition to teaching you how to spell words, Ultimate Spelling teaches you what words mean and how to pronounce them. To hear a word pronounced, you can press the Hear Word button or you can press Auto Play to automatically play the audio track with the word when it appears on your screen.
You can practice spelling with Ultimate Spelling's two exercises: Spelling Workout and Flash Cards. Then, become more familiar with your spelling words by playing spelling games. The Spelling Fun section includes the following games: Word Search, Save Stick Man, Crazy Clues, Super Scrambler and Junior Crossword. Then move on to Vocabulary Fun where you can play Drag n Drop, Word Choose and Word Tag. As you play the vocabulary and spelling games, you can see how many points you are gaining, the number of words you've spelled and more.
When you misspell a word in the Spelling Workout, the application shows the correct spelling below and then has you retype the word. We like that Ultimate Spelling gives you a chance to correct the spelling in order to help you remember how to spell it. We also like that it shows the correct spelling so you don't keep making the same mistakes.
Another useful feature in this spelling software is Word Messenger. Enable this tool and then minimize the application. As you work on other tasks, Ultimate Spelling periodically provides a pop-up in the corner of your screen, similar to that of an instant message. The pop-up shows a word from your spelling list. If you click on the pop-up, it displays additional information about the word.
This spelling software allows you to print flashcards, vocabulary worksheets, spelling worksheets, word lists and words you've already mastered. The labels on each of the Ultimate Spelling worksheets are clearly marked so you can keep track of which worksheet corresponds with which list. This spelling software doesn't offer additional spelling lists on its website, but that's because it offers them in the application.
For each word in the database, there are relevant links to Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Instant Local Dictionary and Google Images. You can also see how words relate to one another through the Word Explorer, which shows synonyms in a web-like format, with the word you're learning in the middle and the synonyms spread out around it. This spelling software gives you information about the origin of words and their meanings when you click on the Etymology tab. Ultimate Spelling also includes a tab with words that rhyme with the spelling words you're working with. Another feature we like is that you can add, edit and delete resources.
Ultimate Spelling monitors your spelling improvement. It displays your progress in three reports: Spelling Results, Words Mastered and Spelling Success. These results are all in line graphs. Ultimate Spelling also shares data on how much time you spend using this spelling software through the Training Time Monitor and the Activity Use Monitor. The first shows a bar graph with information about how long you use the software each day. The latter illustrates how much time you spent on each activity and lesson in a colorful pie chart.
It's simple to add multiple users to the spelling software. All you have to do is type in the name, email address and password for the user. Then, once the users are in the system, you can edit or delete them just as easily.
If you need assistance, you can easily connect through the spelling software or the website to the eReflect Helpdesk. You'll find a FAQs page and knowledgebase. You can also submit a question to tech support through an email form the manufacturer provides. Ultimate Spelling has a blog that it updates frequently with interesting articles about spelling. You can find articles about challenging words, tips and tricks, testing and more. On this spelling software website, you'll find telephone numbers for sales but no numbers for tech support.
Ultimate Spelling comes with thousands of words and the option of adding as many additional words as you want. This spelling software isn't the best for young kids; however, it incorporates games that can be entertaining to a variety of ages. Whether you use this software to help a child learn spelling words or to help a young adult learn vocabulary for a college entrance exam, Ultimate Spelling will help anyone improve their spelling abilities.
Ultimate Spelling comes with more than 160,000 words in its database and the option to add more. Additionally, it has in-depth progress reports that keep data separate for multiple users.
This spelling software may not appeal to younger children because it doesn't have interactive characters or a creative storyline.
Although this software may not appeal to very young children, it still has fun games and activities that make learning to spell entertaining. This spelling software is the best program for kids, teenagers and even adults.