SpellQuizzer Giveaway

Our little homeschool is now in its third week. It’s been a whirlwind, that’s for sure. With students in 8th, 5th, 3rd, and 1st, I find myself with very much to do every day.

Knowing that this would be the case, I have tried to makes things a little easier on myself. For instance, I bought teacher’s guides this year for the first time. Instead of figuring out the answers myself when grading my kids’ assignments, I look in a book.

Yeah, I’ve been a little slow on the uptake. WHY was I overtaxing myself to save a few bucks?

SpellQuizzer

Anyway, another tool that I’ve found extremely helpful this year is SpellQuizzer.

You know how you quiz your kids on their spelling words every week? Well, SpellQuizzer allows you to say the words once and test your children multiple times.

SpellQuizzer is a spelling software to help improve your child’s spelling. The software is very easy to download. Once you’ve got it loaded, you can create spelling lists. You read the words aloud, type the spelling into the program and then click save.

When your child is ready to practice, he selects his list and listens to your recorded voice saying the word. Then he types in the spelling and SpellQuizzer keeps track.

My bigger boys, ages 13, 9, and 8 have been using it for several weeks. It makes spelling practice easy — and frees me up to do other things.

This week three LifeasMOM readers will each receive a free license from SpellQuizzer.

How to Enter

Simply leave a comment on this post, telling us your most memorable spelling — or misspelling moment.

Giveaway will be open until Sunday, August 29th, at 8 pm. PST. Winners to be chosen at random and notified via email. Please respond within 48 hours or risk forfeiting your prize.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winners have been announced.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary license from SpellQuizzer for review. I was not compensated to publish positive comments. My opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

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  1. My favorite was last year when my daughter wanted me to write her spelling words on index cards and hide them througout the house and she was “lucky” enough to find them all mispelled (which I did on purpose to see if she would be able to correct me) and to this day she believes I really misspelled them.

  2. I work for a dental office, and so we have to get info from insurance companies. One of the benefits we inquire about is called a “missing tooth exclusion.” I received a fax from a company a few weeks ago, detailing their “pissing” tooth exlusion…

  3. My mom still asks me, “Which witch is which?’ and it drives me crazy! I was never a terrific speller and those were the worst.

  4. I can’t remember any particular words, but know that today I love technology and the ability to fix my spelling.

  5. I’ve always been a natural speller who won spelling bees in school all the time. My daughter was the same way so she was easy to teach. My sons? Help! My husband broke down and bought my older son a sturdy pocket dictionary for his high school and college days. That’s good if the word sounds like it’s spelled, but most of the time he can’t find the word in the dictionary! He is getting better. (Thank the Lord for spell check.) Now my third grader is struggling. There are so many spelling mishaps I can’t think of a single one that stands out.

  6. Karin Alvarado says:

    While I would love to win the Spell Quizzer I’m more interested in your shelving. Did you purchase this somewhere or build it on your own. This is exactly what I’m looking for to go in my children’s room when I remodel. Thanks in advance.

  7. I am not the best at spelling therefore I love the spell check on my computer. However, I still find myself repeating i before e except after c while spelling certain words.

  8. I’ve been lucky to have always been a good speller- my 7 year old struggles and will actually debate me on the correct spelling

  9. I am so bad at spelling that I can never remember all the many times I realized I spelled a word wrong. I keep a pocket dictionary right in the front of my desk tray. I really want my kids to do better.

  10. Sheryl F. says:

    I am a great speller considering the only spelling rule I know is I before e except after c. My daughter is a great speller but my son is starting kindergarten so this would be a great help.

  11. Nikki Merkt says:

    I was a finalist in my 6th grade state spelling bee and misspelled “tragedy”. My Dad still teases me about this today.

  12. I can’t think of a specific spelling mishap, but my 7 year old is struggling with his spelling words & I haven’t figured out a great way to help him yet. This could be a good help.

  13. I have always been a good speller, almost to a fault. I have to use my self-control to keep from correcting spelling and grammar mistakes from friends on facebook and anywhere in the real world.

  14. im the spelling police(at least according to my husband) He thinks it’s funny I get aggrevated when I see misspellings!

  15. Heather Abbott says:

    My favorite spelling memory is a goof I made myself. My family and I (adults) were playing Trivial Pursuit and it was getting late and I read “thermometer” as ther – mo – meter and couldn’t for the life of me recognize what that word was. After my family read the card and stopped laughing, they still haven’t let me live that one down!

  16. Michele Laramay says:

    I will never forget in grade two, I missed so many words on my spelling test that my teacher pulled my ear and embarrassed me in front of the whole class. And, yes, I home school my own children now!

  17. I remember back in 2nd grade my teacher wanted us to spell Czechoslovakia. So each day we would try and if we succeeded we received 1 Hershey’s Kiss. I can still spell it today even though it is no longer a country..lol.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. I won the spelling bee in 5th grade.

  19. The best thing about spelling tests in the 2nd grade was if you got a 100% you got a pretzel rod. It was so motivating.

  20. I have a bit of a reputation at work for being a good speller. Often though, despite my good track record for correct spellings, my coworkers will doubt my answer and look it up :) I have to be careful not to let it go to my head when my answer is proven correct!

  21. i am a horrible speller. i need this as much as my kids do. my oldestson has inherited my horrible spelling.

  22. My most embarrassing spelling moment was when I was recording the gifts at a friend’s bridal shower. I wrote that she was receiving “bowels” instead of “bowls!!” Good thing I can laugh about it now!!

  23. Jennifer Ott says:

    I can’t think of any I struggle with all the time, but after my grandfather died, we were cleaning out his desk and he had a box labeled, “pensils”. Mind you, he was a physician with a PhD!

  24. Jennifer M. says:

    With a soon to be 2nd grader and a pre-k this year to homeschool, I don’t yet have funny spelling stories to tell. But we sure could put this book to good use! =)

  25. In early elementary grades, my daughter was in a spelling bee. Her word was Mahi-mahi. Just at the perfect time, the boy next to her began sneezing and the proctor wouldn’t repeat the word again. Since she only heard part of the word, she spelled it…. mahihi. We still kid her about it now… 7 years later!

  26. I used to LOVE spelling when I was in elementary school! I even won a spelling bee at one point. I hope to pass the same love on to my kiddos, and this program sounds perfect! Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Lea Stormhammer says:

    I am a terrible speller (and delighted that spell-check exists!) and spelling tests were always very nerve-wracking for me. Apparently I wasn’t the only kid with those issues in my 5th grade class! One day our teacher was giving us a spelling test and he was having trouble pronouncing the word. I don’t remember what the word was, so let’s say it was “compare” (just for an example). He tried pronouncing the word several times, couldn’t, and so, to our incredible delight he said, “Oh, you know, C-O-M-P-A-R-E.” The entire class laughed and wrote down our ‘free’ right answer that day!

    This would be so handy, not just for the kids, but for me too!
    Thanks for hosting,
    Lea

  28. i remember in my first college english class, we had a spelling bee. it was so much fun as it was my first and only. then i realized that you don’t have to be a kid to be in a spelling bee!

  29. Awsome!

    I have so many time misspelled a word or more. One that will always be there is asking a boy in 6th grade I did not like how to spell OF. I had a brain cramp.

  30. I was in a spelling bee and my mom was quizzing me and for some reason I kept forgetting the extra “u” in vacuum. I can still hear my mom telling me, “think of it like the vacuum sounds, vacuuuuuuuuuum”! I never forget that extra “u” now!

  31. Hi There!! My most memorable spelling error was actually my next door neighbor, growing up. We had a project on the states and had to put together a big presentation board for parents open house. Her state was Virginia……BUT she spelled it like part of womens anatomy instead of the state. Her mom didnt catch it, either. Thankfully the teacher caught it that morning and helped her change it before the open house.

  32. The only word I remember from my spelling bee days is “rayon”. I had no idea what it was, but it sounded like “crayon” so I nailed it!

    For spelling help we’ve been using this free site: http://www.spellingcity.com/

    It allows you to enter a list of words for your kids and it will teach, play, and test them on those words. You can also print sheets and games that use the words you entered. My kids love it, lots of fun!

  33. My most memorable spelling moment was in sixth grade. We were allowed to pick 1 or 2 “bonus” words for extra credit each week. One week, I picks “antidisestablishmentarianism” because I was a fan of all things hippie-ish, and got it right on the first try. I think that was the first time I ever really felt proud of myself.

  34. I can’t remember any major spelling incidents but I think I always enjoyed practicing my spelling.I know it always drove me nuts that my best friend in school could not get “there,their,they’re” etc right! I would love to win this for my daughter.

  35. First day of Kindergarten. I learned how to spell ‘Sunny” & ‘Bunny’. (I also lost my shoes on the first day. But that’s ANOTHER story :)

  36. We homeschool as well, and my most memorable moments are teaching my 7yo comedian his spelling lists. Half the time it would quickly dissolve into funny plays on words or silly sentences and end up with us literally falling off our chairs laughing. While some of that is good and fun, I think we need to streamline our process a little. : )

  37. I was always a natural speller, and so is my first born… but my SECOND born (age 8) is still a very… creative… speller… and we enjoy the notes she writes on a daily basis- one of her latest being “Im naping. Ples dont dustrb.”

  38. I can’t remember one, but my kids sure could benefit from this!

  39. I usually have no problem with spelling – but somehow if I am drawing a large sign I freak out about getting it right and I can’t even spell “cat” without double checking myself. Something about the poster board and a permanent marker….

  40. I am a pretty good speller, my husband not so much. Two of my boys are good spellers and great readers. My youngest is in 3rd grade and really struggling with spelling. This would be a great tool to help him.

  41. I was always a terrific speller. I remember being quite young and in the cafeteria in a spelling B. I got the word “OFTEN”. I spelled it “OFEN” which I KNEW was wrong but I couldn’t think what the other letter was that in there. Boy, I never forgot it after that!

    I homeschool with my kids, we don’t start for 2 weeks though. Life will be MUCH busier. I have found myself “nesting” this week trying to get things organized that I meant to work on this summer. I’m in major “chuck” mode!

  42. I never had a problem spelling, but my daughter is THE worst speller. She’s an amazing reader, reading far above her grade level, and she does well in all other subjects. but shoot, the girl CANNOT spell her way out of a paper bag. This program would be awesome! :)

  43. Being out of school for so long I realized that emailing people really makes your brain work. It is one thing to talk on the phone, but once email picked up I came to notice that there were many words that didn’t just flow into my fingers as they do from my mouth. Thankfully, places like dictionary.com exist so I can brush up from time to time!

  44. My husband is not a very good spell and spelling happens to be a strong point of mine, so when he wrote Happy Anaversary, I had to smile. He now knows it is spelled differently, but it has become our inside joke and just because, he still spells it that way to this day.

  45. I consider myself a good speller and don’t have any particular memorable moment, but I swear these past couple years of quizzing my kids to prep them for their Friday spelling tests sometimes stump me – you know when you know how to spell a word but when you look at it, it doesn’t look right? Love my trusty dictionary!!

  46. I’m homeschooling 3 kids this year and plan to really kick it up a notch in many areas – one of which is spelling. I love how this program saves time — something us homeschoolers never have enough of!

    My silly spelling moment came a few years ago, but I still laugh about it. I was juggling a number of things at once and was writing the word “of” but it came out “ov”. I stared at it, then re-wrote it with an F and still couldn’t believe it was right. I was an excellent A+ English student all through school and to get hung up on one simple, everyday, two letter word was just hilarious to me… and completely indicative of how some parts of us shut down when we’re too busy. That day, it was definitely my brain!

  47. I am forever misspelling words! It’s a daily battle for me! Ugh! Maybe I need this for myself?

  48. Bianca W. says:

    My spelling memory: cheating on my first grade spelling test. I wrote the words i knew on the desk and wiped them away after I was done. Its funny now, but not very helpful to me back then.

  49. My most embarrassing spelling mistake was when a checker at a grocery store told me I spelled a number wrong on my check. And I really didn’t know it was wrong!

  50. I love words. One of my pet peeves today in that regard is that more and more people interchange the words pitcher and picture, when speaking of photographs. I hear it in conversations and on tv all the time. One of my all time favorite words is juxtaposition….have no clue why! :o)

  51. I went to school in French Immersion and I’m constantly applying french spelling to english words – creating a “Frenglish” language if you will. For instance, spelling carrot as carrott!

  52. Tammy from Ca says:

    Well I have to admit it was me.Just the other day I had one of those OMG moments.I was writing a note and really forgot how to spell it.Yes ” it”. I sat there for a couple min.then it came to my mind.LOL In my defense I’m 48 and my 4 little kids suck out my brains cells while I sleep.Ok it just seems like that sometimes.LOL

  53. christy h says:

    My most memorable spelling mistake was the 5th grade spelling bee. I misspelled the word “nail-like,” which I didn’t even know was a word. I spelled it “nailike” with one “l” and I knew as soon as it came out of my mouth it was wrong. It haunts me to this day when I hear someone say it! :(

  54. Jennie Melvin says:

    When I was a freshman in highschool my favorite teacher had given us an assignment inwhich we had to write a summary of an article about a soldier. The day that we came to class and he was handing back our assignments he handed mine back and then said “Jennie, how do you spell soldier?” Of course I responded “solger.” Then he wrote it up on the board and it was followed by laughter from my classmates. I had no idea that I had spelled it wrong but needless to say I have not misspelled it to this day. My spelling is still not so strong but I do know how to spell soldier. Don’t worry I was only embarrased a little. It was all in good fun.

  55. I loved spelling as a kid- so spelling tests were so much fun!

  56. For years, even as an adult, I could not pronounce much less spell physician. Growing up with a lisp might have had something to do with my enuciation: phisikin. It wasn’t until I was in my late 20’s that I learned to say it correctly. This would be a wonderful gift for my niece and nephew, ages 6 & 11.

  57. I’m the best family speller so I can’t recall any bad mistakes (though I’m sure there were plenty). But we homeschool and my kids struggle with Spelling. Anything to help would be appreciated!

  58. I am a horrible speller! I distinctly remember the phonics lessons in 1st and 2nd grade never fully sinking in and then the teacher moving on before I really ever understood it – one of the many reasons why I want to homeschool my kiddos! I have so many spelling memories because, although I was a pretty smart kid, I was always struggling with spelling. What I know today basically came down to memorization. With glorious spell-check I have learned that I will consistently spell “definitely” wrong. And that there was the first time I ever spelled it right! :)

  59. I have always been a good speller, but my spelling error is more of a typing error. I was addressing a letter to a client in India whose first name was “Stih” and well my little typing fingers got carried away and I typed “S&!t” and then proceeded to send the letter.

  60. In 2nd grade, I wrote a huge report on cranes. The first word was There and I spelled it Their.

  61. On my final term paper in college, on the cover sheet, I misspelled the word Thanksgiving. Absolute horror. Being that I had a perfect score in that class otherwise, my professor graciously allowed me until 6pm that night to turn in a revised cover sheet. Ugh. Spelling is important.

  62. I loved spelling bees growing up. I worked very hard in 5th grade to win, but only took 2nd place. My son is going to start 4th grade next week, but his spelling is horrible. We need all the help we can get.
    Thanks

  63. I had to write a speech of some sort (don’t recall) and later verbally give that speech. I intended to use the word maneuver but wrote “manure”

  64. Cassandra says:

    Oh man…I’m not sure I really want to admit to this, but what was probably my most funny moment with spelling (actually reading) was when I was in late elementary school (5th grade-ish) and was on a road trip with my family. I saw a sign that read “Semis Only”…only i read it as “Seamis Only” (spelled it how I pronounced it). I asked my mom what a “Seamis” was and she had no idea what I was talking about until we passed a nother sign that had the same “Semis” word … then she just about fell over laughing so hard. She had to read it outloud to me again before I realized it was “Semi” short for Semi-Trucks…

  65. Stephanie says:

    I was always a great speller. In middle school, I won our school’s spelling bee contest, and made it all the way to state level. I was up there on that stage with 50 other kids, and probably 500 people in this huge auditorium. On my first turn, the word I was to spell was ‘Boycott’. I looked out into the audience, and froze. I stammered out “B ….B..BO…” Then I vomited all over the stage.
    I ran off and hid in the bathroom until my dad came to collect me. I will never forget that day!!

  66. I cannot remember a specific spelling moment for me, but I’m always on the look-out for misspelled words. My mom used to proof read for college professors and taught us to triple check everything. I am not as vigilant now with the spell check feature so easy to use. But I still catch myself scanning anything I read for words spelled incorrectly. (Wonder if this comment contains any words spelled wrong???)

  67. Kathy Stuart says:

    I guess I’m fairly spelling challenged. A few of my children haven’t inherited this from me but several need all the help they can get.This looks like it might actually be fun to use.

  68. I always loved spelling, but I admit my most memorable moment was not a pleasant one. I was in about 5th grade, and ‘heaven’ was one of our words. On the spelling test, I capitalized it (it was a proper noun in my opinion – the name of a very specific place), and got it wrong just because of that :-(

  69. How fun! I don’t really have one, except that I really loved that movie, Akeela and the Bee, I think it was. I know it’s not the same, but my memory doesn’t go that far back.

  70. Bonnie Williams says:

    i remember studying for spelling bees.

  71. I still remember, to this day and I’m 42 now, missing a the word “brown” in my second grade classroom spelling room. I spelled it “broUn” – I was devastated.

  72. Not entirely just spelling, but definitely spell-checking! I had my son write out The Lord’s Prayer, since we’ve been working on remembering it. The first day I wrote it and let him copy it. The next day, he had to write it, and I *think* he may have used the spell check on his laptop, because I came back to “Our Father who art in Heaven, Halloween be thy name.”

  73. Spelling bee, 6th grade, I misspelled “heinous”.

  74. My very first spelling test ever I had to write out my full name and address. I left the last letter off my last name.

  75. Mandy Hopson says:

    My brother’s friend spelled the plural of foot as feetsies. He was in Jr. Hi. We laughed for a week.

  76. I remember participating in a spelling bee in both 5th and 6th grade. I was such a perfectionist that preparing for it totally stressed me out and brought me to tears. The practice book was so big and I felt like I needed to know how to spell every single one of them. My poor mom who had to endure quizzing me!!

    Thanks for offering this give-away!

  77. AllieZirkle says:

    I remember writing “homonym, see above” for pear, pair, and pare. Dry humor wasn’t such a good thing in grade school :)

  78. For years I had to look at my ex-husband’s misspelling of “tomatoe” on a recipe card. Then I realized I could just erase it and not be bothered by it anymore! Duh!

  79. I think I was in 4th or 5th grade and had made it to the spelling bee. I thought I was doing so good and then on the 2nd round I misspelled “cactus.” I was devastated!

  80. I spelled “pasteurized” wrong and lost a spelling bee as a child (I spelled it wrong here, too, but corrected after spell check caught it)

  81. I remember being an intern at my dad’s office and he called me to ask how to spell a word…I’m glad he knew I could spell!

  82. Nothing particular from me particularly…but one of my daughers told someone that mommy is good with reading and daddy is good with math because he doesn’t spell very well.

    Umm, he didn’t appreciate the comment.

  83. I have always been such a poor speller that in high school and college I carried around a Radom House Pocket Bad Speller’s Dictionary! (You can still buy them at Amazon, if anyone’s interested.) This was an embarrassing occupational hazard as I have a degree in creative writing and worked for a publishing company in my pre-mommy days.

  84. Hmmm…my most memorable moment was missing the word “capacity” in a spelling bee in elementary school. I left out the second “a” and felt really dumb for missing such an easy word.

  85. I have always been a pretty good speller, so I cannot remember any “memorable” spelling moments, but I know my children would love this program to help make spelling easier for them.

  86. Oh my word, everyday I have a bad spelling moment. I am notorious, when the kids ask for help on a word they have spelled out loud, for needing to look at it instead of being able to identify it out loud. I am also aware that was a run-on sentence and I may need to put my children in co-op English classes. Yikes!

  87. I’m actually a pretty good speller so don’t have any specific memories … but I’d like to win this for my nephews!

  88. I have the worst with spelling of First and glad …. It’s been the last few years that I’ve finally been able to spell it correctly.

    Thanks

    The3kidsandme@yahoo.com

  89. I hate when people mispell there, their, and they’re. Ugh!! Drives me crazy! Also, to and too. :)

  90. I was in third grade, and I didn’t even want to tryout for the spelling bee because I always got out on the first word. But at our school everyone had to tryout for the spelling bee, so I made the decision that I was not even going to try to spell whatever word I got, I was just going to say some random letters. It just made me feel too bad to try my best to spell a word and get it wrong in the very first round every year.

    So when it was my turn to spell a word, I just spilled out some letters, and then I started to walk back to my seat…..but to my surprise the teacher said “CORRECT” while I was on my way to my seat. Totally in disbelief, I walked back to get in line for my turn again in the second round. I had never made it to the second round of a spelling bee before so I felt good. I felt like if I could spell a word correctly without even trying then if I actually tried next time in the second round that I could actually go far that year in the spelling bee. Well when it was my turn to spell in the second round, I tried my very best to spell the word correctly, and to my disappointment I heard an “INCORRECT” after I had tried to spell the word. Spelling has never been my best attributes. Thank God for Spell Check! (I actually needed it a lot to type this comment lol)

  91. I submitted a recipe for a church cookbook. In place of the “dd” in “add,” I accidentally typed 2 “ss.” That was more than a little embarrassing. Fortunately, it was caught before the final draft!

  92. Danelle B. says:

    I have always been okay at spelling but my dad is terrible. He once left me a note in high school that said their was “noottle salad” in the fridge.

  93. It’s amazing how you can still find spelling mistakes right after you send an email or print a report no matter how much you proofread.

  94. I honestly don’t remember ANY spelling – good or bad. Could I have blocked this out of my memory :)
    Laura

  95. When i was in 3rd grade I was fascinated by the National Spelling Bee and stayed up to watch it but fell asleep before the end. The next morning my dad told me what the winning word was (antidisestablishmentarianism) and I was able to spell the entire thing…..granted, this is one of the easier winning words as it follows all the rules but hey, I was pretty excited to have been able to spell it.

  96. My mom was giving me a pretest and I wrote all the words down in order after my mom gave me the first word. I learned to wait for the words to be read before writing them down. Thanks for the giveaway.

  97. I wish I could remember! I sure have noticed how much help my kids need to improve their spelling. This program looks great!

  98. Ruth Hill says:

    I was in our district spelling bee. I knew how to spell the word anonymous, but I started thinking of the word unanimous and got confused. Oh well, it was okay.

  99. I have a sad memory of the third grade class spelling bee. I was down to the end rounds and misspelled the word “mermaid.” A friend was not happy with me because I was now friends with her friend and “taking her away” (drama!) and so she made fun of me. So sad…..

  100. I am constantly asked to spell things by my just-started-to-read 5 year old. She is obsessed with spelling. This week, I spelled out different body parts while scrubbing her during bathtime. I’d say, “now it’s time to wash your A R M.” She found this to be extremely funny. Hopefully, she’ll learn how to spell a few more words in the process.

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