In This article, I will present an overview of a spelling words list related websites called
Spelling Words Well
You can find it at the following address:
You will find here plenty of useful spelling words list organized by student grade and other interesting criteria. In the next brief paragraphs, I will give you an overview of what you can find on this website.
I appreciated the simple yet practical design of the website, with side menus everywhere that make resources very easy to reach out, most of the resources are at most two clicks away from every other page in the website, this is what I call ergonomic.
It feels like landing to an honest, content-oriented, educational website, my idea of how every website should be: clear, practical, providing REAL VALUE to users, focusing on the real things rather than on hype and eye candy.
Design is a breath of fresh air for old school guys like me: it made me go back, with a pinch of nostalgia, on how the web used to be in the good old days (i.e. from the 90s until mid 2000): when marketing didn’t take over the net yet, when most websites were designed for a specific purpose and directed to a specific, educated audience, when users were still supposed to have a fully working brain, when proposing something different was still a value, not a flaw…when….when….where…
(George Best,) Where did it all go wrong ? 🙂
Spelling bee related contents (a lot of)
Content is what this website is about: plenty of spelling lists, games, e-books, printable cards, resources and spelling bee hints, tips, and tricks for preparation, it is very difficult to find a website with such a lot of content, so well organized and ready for use for everybody.
A real value brought for free to students worldwide. I really appreciated that.
Spelling words lists
Spelling word lists are immediately accessible here, Spelling Words Well doesn’t bother users with forced subscriptions or sneaky tactics to get into your inbox or similar, yet there is a newsletter subscription box at the bottom of some pages but it’s totally a user’s choice whether to subscribe or not, it is stated loud and clear that the users’ addresses will be only used to send eventual Spelling Bee related newsletters and nothing else, and non subscribers ain’t limited in any way in accessing to the main website contents.
My overall sensation was that the website is more than trustworthy.
Even more important is that the lists are carefully crafted by educators who know their job, they are not just words lists thrown on the table.
This makes spelling words well the best source so far for words lists to be directly imported into the Spelling Bee Ninja study list.
Many interesting spelling games and quizzes are also provided for the younger ones.
A section is dedicated to a comprehensive e-book selection written by Ann Richmond Fisher, the main website editor, and best selling author.
Here are the titles available as listed on the website.
- The Spelling Bee Toolboxes
- AnyWord Spelling Practice Series
- Fun Spelling Worksheets for Early Grades
- The Mammoth Spelling Bee Word Lists
- The Colossal Spelling Bee Word Lists
- Young Spellers
- Spelling Bee Word List
- Gigantic Bee Spelling Bee Lists
- 100 Difficult Spelling Bee Words – Volumes 1 and 2
- 600 Spelling Bee Words and Sentences
- For Students and Parents
These are not free books, they come at very reasonable prices, more important they are all available in paperback version.
Among all the spelling books contained in the book section, a particular mention goes to the Spelling Bee Toolbox(es), as it looks like one of the most interesting books on spelling bee around.
There are two versions, the first dedicated to Grades 3 to 5
and the second for students attending Grades 6 to 8
Here follow some of the contents of the book as listed on the Spelling words well website:
- 620 Words and Sentences
- Rules for 3 different kinds of bees
- Color and B/W award certificates
- Recorder’s chart
- Instructions for all spelling bee officials
- Organizational checklist
- List of 100 study words for students
- Worksheets for extra practice
- Spelling rules, games and activities
Again, a very important thing is that the Spelling Bee Toolboxes books series are also available in hard copy, it is possible to order them through Amazon.
This brings along all the advantages given by a real book compared to electronic versions.
A great website, useful, full of accessible self-service spelling training contents, made by people of good will focused on user needs more than on the business side.
Wish to have more of that kind online. Strongly suggested.
A resource you cannot ignore if you are preparing for the spelling bee or if you want to improve your spelling skills.