A Spelling Bee is a great, fun opportunity for children to expand their spelling, vocabulary, and public speaking skills.
There are five age levels of competition: 6-7 year-olds, 8-9 year-olds, 10-11 year-olds, 12-13 year olds, and 14-16 year olds. Participants are assigned to age groups based on their actual age on the day of the spelling bee.
How do I prepare for the Spelling Bee?
There is not an official word list. Any grade/age appropriate list is sufficient to prepare your child for success.
How do I schedule a Spelling Bee?
Contact us to arrange a Bee for your support group or co-op. It is not necessary to have all of the five age groups represented in the spelling bee, but your group must have a range of ages, representing at least 3 of the age groups. If a National Spelling Bee competition is also being conducted, children in grades 6 – 8 (approximately ages 11-13) would participate in that.
National Spelling Bee competition.
The National Spelling Bee is open to students in 6th – 8th grades. A child may enter the National Spelling Bee for only three years, so we encourage you to carefully assess your children’s grade and maturity level to ensure continued participation in their “prime” years.
Participants must not be beyond the 8th grade by Feb. 1 and must not have reached his/her 16th birthday by the National Spelling Bee Final in late May. The winner of this competition will represent your organization in a Regional Spelling Bee, usually in March. The winner of the Regional Bee receives an all expense paid trip for two to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., which is usually held at the end of May.
Participating at even the local level of The National Spelling Bee is an unforgettable experience!
National Spelling Bee sponsor, Scripps Howard, makes a word list available known as Paideia. Spelling Bee words used for the local competition are taken from this book.