Spelling Bee Practice Tips
bee practice gives students confidence
for the big competition. It also helps kids to build spelling skills
from which they
can benefit all year long!
What are some of the best practice ideas for individual
students? Here are the
ones we like best, arranged in two categories:
Spelling Bee Practice Ideas
Long term -
all year long
We have lots of spelling bee words you can
lot of good books and expand your vocabulary.
learn new words and how to use them. Write down the most interesting
words, and the ones with the trickiest spellings in a spelling
notebook. Review it from time to time.
your weekly spelling words.
Keep a list of the words you
miss on quizzes and tests in your spelling notebook.
your best spelling bee style.
How do you prepare
to spell a word aloud? Are you most successful if you
- trace it with your finger
- say it to yourself
- or picture it in your mind?
Figure this out in advance. Then once a week, have a friend or family
member ask you to spell a few words aloud, spelling bee style. Get
comfortable with spelling tricky words in front of other people.
writing words on your own
so that you don't always have to
involve another person. Or type them into a text document on the
basic spelling strategies and rules.
Make a list of commonly-used words that are exceptions to these rules.
to Spell Like a Champ
by Trinkle, Andrews and
Kimble, three people closely associated with the Scripps National
Spelling Bee. If you can't find it at your library, click the title
link to view the book at Amazon.) The
book contains lists of tricky words, spelling bee practice strategies,
fun quizzes and more.
really serious about advancing to regional, state
or national competitions, you need to get a good
dictionary and study it. (See the information to the
right and/or visit my dictionary
Short term -
What you can
do just weeks or days before the Bee
out the date of the spelling bee.
Ask your teacher if
there is a specific list of words you can study. (Hopefully you'll
already know many of these words from following the steps above.) Then
a lot of words aloud with a friend or family member.
if you don't have a word list from your teacher. )
Practice the words from your spelling notebook.
words everywhere: the bathroom mirror, your
computer desktop, your school desk or locker. Carry a list of words you
learn in your pocket. You can pull it out to study when you have spare
between other activities.
quiz you on words you haven't studied.
A good place to
find words that might be in the spelling bee is on the front page of a
night before the spelling bee, get plenty of
rest. Eat a good breakfast in the morning
. Include some
protein, such as eggs, cheese or peanut butter.
Believe you can do it! All
your spelling bee practice
will give you confidence to think clearly and spell correctly,
despite the butterflies in your stomach.
Did you know?
The official dictionary used by
Scripps is the Third
New International Dictionary of the English Language.
is the largest dictionary of the English language, making
it the perfect one to study if you're really serious about
advancing in spelling bee competitions. It weighs 12.5 pounds
and contains over 450,000 entries!
It also comes
on CD-Rom. Use this Amazon link:
Websters New International Dictionary, Unabridged(CD-ROM
Studying a good dictionary
is one of the very best
spelling bee practice methods!