New Approach to Spelling Creates Winners

New Approach to Spelling Creates WinnersSpelling is dead, right? After all, we have spelling checkers on all our devices. Think again. Spelling is alive and well–thanks to new and more engaging ways to learn it. It still takes practice, but now it’s not just rote learning. It has context. You might actually enjoy learning to spell. You might actually become a phenomenally good speller. Imagine that.

From Portland Tribune:

A handful of home-school students have won five of the past 10 Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bees. And about 10 percent of the students competing in the annual three-day Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., are home-schoolers. Portland-area home-schoolers may be small in n-u-m-b-e-r-s, but they certainly can spell w-i-n-n-e-r. A handful of home-school students have won five of the past 10 Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bees. 

What’s their secret? Practice, practice, practice, says Rosalyn Newhouse, a part-time teacher (and mother of a two-time bee winner) at the Village Home Education Resource Center in Beaverton.

“We don’t memorize spelling lists,” says Newhouse, whose daughter, Shelley Clark, won the regional bee in 2006 and 2007. “For us, it’s talking about how words are formed and why. The main thing is just giving the kids an opportunity to have fun with language and words.”

Read the full article at Portland Tribune.

 

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