Spelling Bee

I’ve taken on the task of organizing the spelling bee for my twins’ school.

I won the first grade spelling bee for my school, so I have a lifelong love of spelling, and think it’s a shame that some schools aren’t teaching it anymore because spellcheck fixes errors. However, as we all know, spellcheck doesn’t fix all errors, and autocorrect can create even more problems šŸ™‚

What about you? Did you ever participate in a spelling bee? How’d you do?Ā 

10 thoughts on “Spelling Bee

  1. They don’t teach spelling anymore? Ugh. We had a LOT of spelling bees in school … the nuns seemed to love them! I usually did pretty well and even won a few. (Hahaha, when I first typed that, I wrote “one a few.” Spell check wouldn’t have helped me out on that one, so good thing I knew how to SPELL it!) šŸ™‚

    • Linda,

      YES! You have to know how to spell the words to know if you’re using the right one…and don’t even get me started on using your vs you’re and they’re, there, and their šŸ™‚


  2. Well it’s not so much that they don’t TEACH spelling, but they don’t grade on it anymore. It drives me foolish. Two of my cousins are teachers and they’ve told me that an essay can have literally every single world spelled wrong, but if the kid got their point across they have to give it top grades. *shudder*

    As for spelling bees, they were never really my thing. I was an excellent speller, but I didn’t do so well when I had to do it out loud. I had a hard time visualizing without being able to write the letters down. šŸ˜›

    • TracyLynn,

      I can’t stand the thought of allowing a kid who spells horrifically to get a high score! I recall doing excellent on an essay question, but getting docked a few points for spelling. I hated it, but I understood it wasn’t a perfect score worthy paper if it had errors, even though I’d gotten my point across.

      I pity the future employers of these kids, that would drive me batty having to be on the watch for spelling errors of the incoming work force.

      You would LOVE to do the spelling contest I’m hosting…it’s written! I give a batch of 25 words, then the highest score is awarded the winner. That would have been so much easier for me too as I’m a visual person.

      Thanks for visiting.

      • I’m right there with you, hating the new system! I understand if the schools want to spend less time on spelling, or not down-grade as harshly because of it, because yes, okay, we have spell-check on everything with a battery these days. But, as you mentioned, spell-check does not fix everything, and I actually know a lot of young people these days who don’t even know that there are different versions of the word “there”. It KILLS ME, and I absolutely plan to make my daughter hate me by drilling proper spelling and grammar into her. lol

        Your spelling contest sounds like gold to me. Sign me up. lol

  3. Christi, I might be the world’s worst speller. Spell check only catches some of my errors, so I rely on my two BETA readers to ferret out the rest šŸ™‚ It’s so great that you can share things like with with your twins. As for me … I’m still a phoenetic speller and I am certain that I just spelled that word wrong šŸ™‚

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