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.
lot of good books and expand your vocabulary. You'll
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.
2) Learn 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
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
5) Learn 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, check at Amazon.) The
book contains lists of tricky words, spelling bee practice strategies,
fun quizzes and more.
7) If you're really serious about advancing to regional, state or national competitions, you need to get a good dictionary and study it.
Go to this page to read helpful, short-term practice tips.
We have lots of spelling bee words you can study! Each spelling bee list contains 100 - 120
words, arranged generally from
You may also be interested in this word list featuring silent first letters, and another list of words where doubling or not doubling consonants is the key to correct spelling.
Our Spelling Bee Toolbox eBooks are comprehensive resources for anyone who wants a simple way to put together a classroom, all-school or multi-school spelling bee.
Each eBook contains 600 words and sentences, rules, award certificates, organizational tips, student helps and much more.