Homeschoolers, Get Ready for the 16th Annual Spelling Bee!

by Sandra Foyt on October 9, 2010

in Enrichment Ideas

spelling_bee The 16th annual Homeschool Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2010, a little earlier than previous years. The winner of this event will represent Capital District homeschoolers at the Albany Times Union Spelling Bee to be held at Proctor’s in February, where students will compete for a shot of going on to represent the Capital District at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I had the privilege of judging the Homeschool Spelling Bee. It was pretty amazing to see just how poised and talented these youngsters were, and even my own spelling-challenged children were tempted to hone their skills in the hope that they could compete in future tournaments.

Fortunately, the best preparation for the spelling bee is lots of wide-ranging reading, but you can also find the FREE Merriam-Webster spelling bee study booklet, “Spell It!” available online. (Note that the National Spelling Bee website offers “official” materials and guidelines at a substantial expense.)

Interested in learning more? Please read the FAQ about the homeschool bee at Parents who have additional questions may email Mary O’Keeffe at

Eligibility: Spellers must be homeschooled students in grades 4 through 8 who reside in one of the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington. No advance registration is necessary.

Where: Calvary Church, 1230 Rugby Road, Schenectady, NY

When:The homeschool bee will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and spellers should arrive by 9:45 a.m. to sign in and get preliminary instructions.

Cost: $2 donation per speller (with a maximum of $5 per family) to provide a small cash prize to our winner and runner-up and a donation to the church to help cover heating costs.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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