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exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I
compensated in any other way.
Our family was recently given access to a 12-month subscription to Spelling Shed and Math Shed, which can both be found on the EdShed website. They are both game-based educational programs that would make a great complement to your current homeschool curriculum for practicing spelling and math skills.
When you sign-in to the main site you’re brought to a page with a choice of program (I had access to both Spelling Shed and Math Shed, so those are my options) or you can also go to the Teachers Hub.
The teachers hub is your teacher (or parent) dashboard. Here you can set up your students accounts and view their progress. It also allows you to set assignments for your students and check out available resources.
Spelling Shed is a fun, bee-themed, spelling practice program. There are different levels and difficulties to choose from, with pre-made lists, or you can also add your own spelling lists. There are a few different games to play, from simply spelling the words, to filling in the missing work in a sentence or a choose-a-letter style game similar to “hangman” that I used to play as a child, only with bees.
Your child can also play Hive games against other children. If you have multiple children they can share the Hive code and face off against each other. I can se how this would work great for a classroom setting.
Math Shed is a cool, space-themed, math practice program. Just like the spelling section, Math Shed also lets you choose the concepts you want to work on. You can choose from things like additional and subraction to multiplication and division and others. Then in each of those categories you can choose the difficulty level by choosing the types of numbers to work with (multi-digit, specific times tables, etc).
While playing both Spelling Shed and Math Shed your child can earn points for correct answers. Then they can take those points and use them to “buy” accessories, backgrounds and clothes for their avatar character. Now, it’s just a simple avatar, but my daughter likes to customize it, so it adds a bit of fun and incentive to the games.
I like how both Spelling Shed and Math Shed bring a game aspect to practicing these skills. It makes it fun for the kids so that they can enjoy practicing instead of just working on boring worksheets all the time. I’ll definitely be keeping both of these programs in my arsenal for our homeschool learning!
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