Avi, in Grade 4, came to the library wondering how he might study more effectively for the upcoming spelling bee. We did some research and came up with some great resources that would logical places to get started. First of all check out this essay by Dr. Jacques Bailly, a professor of classics at the University of Vermont: How to Study for a Spelling Bee.
Next, have a look at Spell It!, the Scripps National Spelling Bee study site for school spelling champions. It focuses on about 1150 words, divided into sections by language of origin. Studying language of origin will enable you to learn and remember several important rules, tips, and guidelines for successfully spelling words in English—the most challenging language of all for spellers!
Then expand your spelling skill set by playing the fun word games at Merriam-Webster’s Word Central. You’ll find games called Alpha-bot, Robo-bee, BIGbot, and Jumble Kids that will all help you practice your spelling and grammar skills.
Good luck, spellers!