Regional Spelling Bee
Friday, May 10, 2013, 10:00 am
Sherwood Bible Church, 4900 N Norton Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64119
This relaxed spelling bee is for students who want a friendly bee but with real competition. A trophy will be awarded for each level of competition. The bee is open to any homeschool student* who is in grades one through twelve. A copy of the rules, guidelines and word lists can be found at: http://www.chpecorp.org/spelling
To have a successful bee we really need judges, so please consider serving your homeschool community in this way. Parents of participants may serve as judges.
Registrations are due May 1st. We need to have at least two spellers in a level to hold the bee for that grade. If there are not enough registered spellers in a particular level the speller will be notified by May 2nd and will be given the option of competing at the next highest grade level.
To register, volunteer, or ask questions you may contact Lori Camper at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the registration form here.
Spelling Bee Rules and Guidelines
Please instruct your student to say "hyphen" when spelling a word that has a hyphen (i.e., x-ray would be spelled "x hyphen r a y")
Please instruct your student to say the word “space” when there is a space in a word that has a space (i.e., jump rope would be spelled “j u m p space r o p e”)
Encourage your student to pronounce the word he is given before and after spelling it so the judge knows he is finished. (No one will be eliminated, however for failing to pronounce a word.)
All words for the spelling bee will be taken from the grade level list that you student is entered in except in the case that all the words on the list have been used and there is still no winner or if the judge in the round determines after at least 10 rounds that the remaining contestants are at a "stalemate". At that point the judge may move to the next higher grade list and use those words to determine a winner.
Encourage your student to practice standing to spell his words. Competitors stand when it is their turn to spell.
At The Spelling Bee
All children will receive a name tag with their name and grade level.
These rules will be reviewed with the group and then room assignments will be made.
When the judge gives the contestant a word, the student should pronounce the word, spell the word and pronounce it again so the judge knows he is finished. If the spelling is correct the judge will say "correct". If the spelling in incorrect the judge will say "incorrect" and spell the word correctly.
No student will be given the same word as another student except in the final round (see below.)
The student may ask the judge to repeat the word, define it or use it in a sentence.
All judges will be instructed to automatically define or use in a sentence any word that is a homonym or (most of these are marked with * on the spelling list), or any word that might be confused with another word.
Having started to spell a word, a student may stop and start over, retracing the spelling from the beginning. In the retracing there can be no change of letters or their sequence. If there are changes in the respelling, the word will be counted as a miss.
Upon missing the spelling of 2 words, the student drops out of the contest.
When there are only two contestants left in the grade level the first round of the bee is over and the elimination procedure changes.
In the Final Round when one child misspells a word, the other child spells the same word. If the second child spells that word correctly he is then given another word. If the second word is spelled correctly, the second child is declared the winner. If the second child misspells the second word, the first child gets a chance to spell that word and then must spell the one after it. In other words, the winner must spell correctly one word that the runner-up missed, plus another word directly after spelling the missed word in order to be declared the winner.
Judges decisions in all rounds are final.
CPHE defines a Missouri homeschool as one that is in full compliance with Missouri homeschool law for ages 7-16. Students outside this age group must receive at least 50% of their education at home, exclusive of enrichment programs and/or college courses. Residents outside Missouri must be in compliance with the homeschool law in their state.
Contact the CPHE Spelling Bee Coordinator at email@example.com