5 Apps to Test Your Spelling Skills
We don’t know if you caught the action on Thursday night — but for the first time in 50 years, two wordsmiths, Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe, tied for first place in Scripps National Bee… which got us thinking; the adult world has come to rely heavily on spell check. And while our generation might be destined to a life of dependency on dotted-red underlining, our kids? Well, let’s give them a chance. These five apps will build up spelling skills for everything from pop quizzes to those trophy-winning moments.
1. Spelling Test ($1): Becoming a spelling whiz doesn’t happen overnight. This iOS app starts kids with the basics. Enter a spelling list into Spelling Test and test away. Kids can watch their progress week after week.
2. Miss Spell’s Class (Free): This app, available for both iPhone and Android, takes a unique approach to spelling by displaying a list of words and asking the user which ones are misspelled. It’s helpful for revealing problem words and tackling common errors, making anyone and everyone a better speller. The best part is it allows groups to challenge each other from their phones for a little healthy competition.
3. Spell Friendzy (Free): When kids step on that spelling bee stage, they’re not competing with only fellow spellers in their class or even just the ones at their school. So why should they practice that way? iPhone and Android friendly, Spell Friendzy allows them to compete with kids around the world. The app challenges students from kindergarten through high school, featuring the top 100 spellers every day, which gives top performers rightful recognition.
4. SpellDown Spelling Bee ($2): This app takes things to the next level. Not only can you create your own spelling lists, you can fetch the audio and record your own voice saying the words. Users can even add their own definitions. Bonus: The iOS app has its own version of hangman called HangBee that will spice up practice sessions!
5. Word Learn Dictionary (Free): Even when your kiddo gets the hang of spelling, any good bee candidate needs a grasp on origins and definitions. This Android app is preloaded with 320,000 words and their definitions from Webster’s and WordNet. Look up definitions or quiz yourself. Users never get bored because a quick shake of the phone will reveal a brand new word and its matching definition.
Got a tike who’s a master speller? What’s their favorite way to practice their spelling skills? Tell us below!
Thanks to Method for helping us launch Brit Kids!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)