Sunday, March 04, 2007

spelling bee

While I'm not the kind of parent that envisions my children in the Olympics, I do daydream that they will compete in the Scripps national spelling bee. The newspaper, at the request of a homeschooling parent, has reinstituted the local and regional competitions to help make that dream a reality for one local scholar. Of course, I don't hold out much hope for future accolades, spelling being one of our most difficult subject these days. Will left me a note last night:
Dear Mommy,
You MUST see chrlie.
He is sleeping funny.
(turn pg. over)
and breathing FAST!
and LOUDer then ushwol.
(Charlie and Maggie are now in the middle of a throw-up fest so no Mass for us this morning)
"...students compete to appear at the first regional spelling bee in decades. It is scheduled for March 14 at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, sponsored by The Virginian-Pilot.
The renewed bee comes as interest in spelling bees is rising. In recent years, two movies, several books and a Broadway play have helped re popularize the childhood ritual.
The winner of the regional bee will go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington on May 30 and 31.
Kim Willett, a home-schooling parent in Virginia Beach, began asking The Virginian-Pilot to hold a local bee after learning that a student could be disqualified from the national bee for living outside the sponsoring newspaper's circulation area.
So far, 19 public schools, six private schools and a home-schoolers group have said they will send competitors from Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk to the regional bee.
Kim Willett's daughter Rebecca, 12, won the Tidewater Homeschoolers bee after about 100 rounds.
Rebecca, a seventh-grader who likes to read and play piano and violin, has participated in eight bees since the third grade. She already won one this season at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News.
She sold the prize from that win, an Xbox 360, to buy dictionaries and online spelling programs. "I didn't really have as much use for the Xbox as the spelling materials," she said."

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