Here it is! Perfect timing as many prepare for a new school year.
First, I want to mention, in case you didn't go back and read my original review, that I really like Spelling City. In fact, I even tried the spelling test part with my daughter, and she did an excellent job. I was afraid that it would test her keyboarding instead of her spelling, but that wasn't the case. Only once did she miss a word due to a typo and the site allowed me to retest that one word to verify she knew it.
Now, the differences between the basic and the premium...I thought I'd post a chart from their site so you can see it easier than I could explain it.
I think the premium features are nice for all and great for some.
Here are some of the things I really liked about the premium program.
This was one of the nice things for a home educator of one, but for a mom of more than one or a teacher in a classroom, this would be a really nice benefit. It keeps track for you!
Here's an example of the information you would be able to see for each student. Their format is much nicer than my copy and past below.
completed at: 5:36 pm
List 31 Game - Teach Me 05/02/2011 5:17 pm
List 31 Game - Flash Cards 04/25/2011 12:29 pm
List 31 Game - Which Word - Definitions 04/25/2011 12:21 pm
completed at: 12:21 pm
List 31 Game - Crossword 04/25/2011 12:18 pm
completed at: 12:20 pm
List 31 Game - Flash Cards 04/25/2011 12:09 pm
List 31 Game - Teach Me 04/25/2011 12:06 pm
I only wish that all the activities would tell me when she completed or stopped playing it. In a state that requires total hours, how many minutes is just as important as what she did and what date.
Another benefit for those with more than one student is the ability to make different lists. You can have a list for each of your different grade or ability levels, have them review, test and keep track of it all on the site.
Regardless of the number in your class, the ability to write your own definitions for your words is a plus with the premium membership. In this way you can make it correlate with the definitions they are learning in their curricula. I say curricula because you truly can have a different lists for various subjects going all at the same time. In that way, SpellingCity.com spans across the subjects spectrum. So not only do you benefit with the language arts realm, you can do science or history vocabulary. You can even do math as Maria of Math Mammoth pointed out!
All this to say that Spelling City is going to stay apart of my home educating routine. I give the site as whole and the premium membership a firm "A" for all users and an "A+" for those with multiple students.
The $24.99 for up to 5 home school students is a well-valued investment even if you only have one student. Prices vary for classroom usage.
Thanks to SpellingCity.com for allowing me to try the premium membership!