I could tell you that Easy Spelling Aid is a simple spelling app, and it would be the truth. But the truth wouldn’t tell you the whole story. Easy Spelling Aid is a simple spelling app that has the potential to be a powerful teaching and learning tool at home or in the classroom. It empowers kids to independently spell words and phrases. It’s also pretty helpful for grown up kids who might not remember how to spell antidisestablishmentarianism (or who maybe never learned to spell it).
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My little princess is beginning to read and write. She loves to make up stories and write them down to read back to us later. Since she’s just beginning to read and write, this process involves a lot of “Mommy, how do you spell watermelon/glitter/hippopotamus/etc.?” Easy Spelling Aid is going to be a game changer in my lovely little one’s literary career. She is so excited that she can now use this app to write out a story all by herself to surprise us with.
Easy Spelling Aid really couldn’t be any easier to use. All that you have to do is adjust the settings to fit your needs. There are 22 language options to choose from, which is outstanding. You can also choose what writing style you would like to view your text in. There are multiple styles available, depending on your language/country choice. You also have options to view upper and lower case at the same time, to hear your text spoken as you view it, and to change your background to be viewed with or without writing lines.
Once you’ve got the settings how you want them, it’s as simple as tapping the microphone icon and speaking the word or phrase that you’d like to see spelled. After just a moment of processing, your word or phrase should show up on the screen. Depending on your accent or speech pattern, you might have to practice a bit before the phrases accurately depict what you said. I found that using the US English option I had a nearly 100% accuracy right away (even with my fairly thick southern accent), but I was making a concentrated effort to speak clearly. My kids were pretty excited to be trying this app and were speaking far too quickly at first, so it took a few tries to get them to speak clearly enough to be successful.
Easy Spelling Aid also has a dyslexic option that can be turned on. This option allows the users to change the background screen to one of six color options that the user finds helpful. The text is then shown in the Open Dyslexic font, which is weighted heavy on the bottom to help users determine direction and more easily recognize letters. How cool is that?
Also? This app is so smart that it can determine the correct spelling of homophones based on the context of your phrase. Wow.
Watch Ellie bring this app to life here:
What I loved:
- I loved how quickly and easily we were able to get started using Easy Spelling Aid. There are clear instructions available, but we didn’t really need them.
- I love the sense of independence that my daughter gets from being able to find the spelling of words on her own.
What I would love to see:
- I was disappointed that I couldn’t use this app without an internet connection. I understand that it is a massive amount of information and it might not be feasible to program an app that could do all of this locally with no Wi-Fi connection. But still, bummer.
- I’d love to see a dictionary function where little learners could find the definitions of the words they have spelled.
Overall, this is one of my favorite apps to come along in a while. It has huge, powerful capabilities that can be appreciated by folks of all ages. I’m giving this app a Five Star rating; only because that’s the most stars we have.
Kelli had a pretty darn good day. Smart Apps for Kids was paid a fee to review this app in a priority manner.