Every child should have the opportunity to participate in some kind of competition that is beyond our homeschool group. This statement is something I truly believe in. If your child is athletic, it is easy to be part of a swimming or gymnastics team but if your child is not good at sports, then what? There are a lot of competitions out there that are on a National level that are open to homeschool group. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is one of them and we are, once more, participating in it this year.
“But how does it work?” ,you wonder. There are a few steps to take but it is very simple. I might say that because I have been in charge of it for a few years now, so I can almost do it in my sleep. First, you have to sign up on the website and pay a fee to have access to the study lists for the children. Don’t get me wrong, you can always create your own list for your own spelling bee, but by paying that fee, you ensure that you will be sending your winners to the County Bee level.
Next, you have parents sign up their children and you give them the lists to study. ARCH has 3 competitions divided by grade level. We have our K-2nd graders. The winner of that group will not go on to the County Bee because they are too young. Also, they only accept 3rd to 8th graders for that competition. After that, we have our second group that is from 3rd to 5th graders, and the last group that is the 6th to 8th graders.
Sometimes it is hard to justify paying a certain fee for an event for your homeschool group, which is why we do charge a small fee per family for participating in the Spelling Bee. To make it more fun for the children to study those crazy lists. We also try to have goody bags available for them. For some reason, those gift bags for our participants are the most coveted thing during the fall semester. The amount of children participating in that event just for that bag is crazy. Ok seriously, I would love to have one too! What do we put in them? This year I have no clue yet because we rely on business in our community to help fill them up.
Anyway, I hope that it encourages you to look into it and maybe be part of a Spelling Bee.
*This is not a paid advertisement for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, we just like them.”