Spelling Bee is an easy to use, highly customizable feature that adds tremendous educational value to any book in LightHouse Reader. Just like a traditional spelling bee, a child is given a series of words to spell. They can listen to the word, see synonyms, its part of speech, and hear it used in a sentence. When they are ready, they type the word and check their work. After the assessment, they are given a score and earn a motivational badge.
But the real power of Spelling Bee is the number of ways you can use it in your homeschool. The two types of Spelling Bees are those a parent creates and those assigned by LightHouse Reader.
When a parent creates their own Spelling Bee, they first select the proper Lexile reading level, then choose a list of words for the assessment. The parent can choose the specific words, number of words, pick a due date, assign the Spelling Bee to a child or children, and even choose a gift goal, which the child will earn for reaching a certain score.
The second type of Spelling Bee is one generated by LightHouse Reader. Once a child finishes a book, LightHouse Reader can offer them a Spelling Bee. This assessment contains words from the same Lexile range as the book. A parent can make these Spelling Bees mandatory, offer them only on “Power Texts” (a book within 200 points +/- of a child’s Lexile reading score), offer them in Free Mode (when a child reads any book of their choosing), or opt to not offer a Spelling Bee at all.
The major advantage to the Spelling Bees generated by LightHouse Reader is that a parent knows it is precisely the right level of difficulty for their child. When a child’s Lexile score is adjusted every 15 days based on their progress, their Spelling Bees are also adjusted. With LightHouse Reader’s dynamic ability, you get spelling words tailored specifically to your child’s individual ability in 15-day increments, rather than just spelling words for an arbitrary grade level.
As with any feature in LightHouse Reader, Spelling Bee is highly adaptable so that parents can provide the most customized homeschooling experience possible for their child. Children always have the ability to retake any words they have missed so that they can continue to improve and earn a higher score. And through the detailed feedback provided in the parent dashboard, parents can easily see where their child needs to practice and improve and assign those retakes to the child.
The Spelling Bee feature is part of what makes LightHouse Reader a complete language arts solution for your homeschool. It integrates reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and more to help your child confidently build fluency.