Academics: Assigned Reading, Literature, Math, Grammar, Spelling, Writing, US History, Free Reading
So far Spelling City seems like the best spelling program ever invented. Daily my boys are jumping up and down excited to get their spelling time on the computer. This is the first year we have ever not fought over "spelling", since early Waldorf-style "spelling" didn't require any testing.
The real test, of course, will be whether or not their spelling actually improves. Right now they are breezing through easy Dolch word lists, but that is the only way I can evaluate where they are in their spelling, and eventually we will get to harder words. I did sign up for the premium version so that I can see how they are doing.
I don't feel too badly that they are doing their spelling on the computer; a friend told me that her 3rd grader also types in spelling words during testing, and that their local school doesn't focus on penmanship at all. It's a school with good funding, I surmise, as my MIL's school doesn't have these devices. I still haven't found out exactly what they are called; they have no monitors only a small display that shows the words typed. This Calcuscribe might be it, or maybe the Neo2 from AlphaSmart.