“snooker” spelled right

January 12, 2007 at 5:45 am 4 comments

alex-spelling-bee.jpgWe had less than three weeks to prepare for the homeschool spelling bee. Alex and I started right away on the word list once we received it. Caleb also wanted to participate in the bee, but changed his mind, and I didn’t make him do it. I was pleasantly surprised that Alex knew so many of the 300 plus words without studying them. He does read a lot! During our quiz time, I’d give him a bunch of words that I knew he would know and mix in a harder one every once in awhile. He got really discouraged whenever he missed one and I had to keep telling him that it was OK that he misspelled a word every once in awhile. That’s why we were studying them, after all. I’d make a list everyday of the words missed or the words that I perceived he was guessing on. We’d stop the drill when I had 12 words on the list–then he had to print out those 12 words, and we’d start with them the next day. spelling-bee.jpg“Professor” appeared on this list everyday for over a week. He kept on spelling it “porffessor.” Then I told him he needed to write it out 10 times. Alex balked. I told him he needed more practice since he repeatedly spelled “professor” the same wrong way. He never missed it again after that. Then we came to the word “snooker.” He just couldn’t get it right–kept wanting to spell it “snoocker.” Finally at the breakfast table the morning of the bee, he spelled it correctly. Then he got it right again when that was one of the words he had to spell! His other words were sleep, enormous, collar, thought, pleasure, hazard, broadcast, and drumroll please, the word that he spelled incorrectly and got him eliminated from competition was “several.” Alex finished in second place for the 2nd and 3rd graders. The picture below was taken while waiting for the bee to start. Empty chair #1 was reserved for Caleb, the only kindergartner registered. Todd did walk him to the stage so he could sit in the chair for a minute. He sat in the chair like he owned it and then acted like a clown. Caleb, our goofus! But then he was scared and still didn’t want to participate in the bee. He said that he would do it next year.



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. papa  |  January 13, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Way to go, Alex! I’m proud of you.


  • 2. Grandma  |  January 13, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    Hooray for you, Alex! You worked hard and spelled some difficult words. Perhaps several of the words you might have missed you didn’t miss because you worked so hard. Perhaps there were several more that you didn’t know and didn’t have to spell. Fortunately for you, several of your fellow spellers were not such good spellers. Next year you will know lots more that several more words. Who knows what might happen? You are a champ!

  • 3. amy  |  January 23, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    good job, buddy. i don’t even know what a snooker is. Is it anything like sneaker, or sucker? before you know it, you’ll be able to spell supercalafragalisticexpialodocious without batting an eyelash

  • 4. Mrs. R  |  February 3, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Hmmm…saveral? Sevarel? Severoll? SEV-er-al! That’s it! Congratulations, Alex! All the other competitors are on notice now. Alex, the spelling machine has entered the Spelling Bee scene! Keep up the good work. Blessings to you. Mrs. Roukas


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