Northwest Arkansas Christian Home Educators Association


Parents, please understand the deadlines and requirements that we have placed upon this event.  They are there to save the coordinators extra work and confusion at the last minute.  There are many items of paperwork and awards that have to be prepared ahead of time.  Thanks for your understanding!

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10:00 am
Mt. Comfort Church of Christ in Fayetteville

Registration info and fee – if applicable – must be RECEIVED by Friday, April 24, 2015. 

All home educated students in grades K – 3 are welcome. You DO NOT need to be a member of NWACHEA to participate in the spelling bee; however, there is a registration fee of $5 per child for non-member families.

Sign up with Beth Gildner via email, or by calling her home phone (area code nine one eight, four two two, four one four three)

Non-NWACHEA members, to register your child(ren) for the bee we will need:
1) each child’s name and grade level
2) your name, phone number, whether that number can text, and an email address if you use email
3) $5 per participating student to be received by April 24
— This fee is non-refundable after the deadline date (April 24)
— Make checks payable to “NWACHEA”
— Mail checks to:  NWACHEA, Attn: K-3rd Spelling Bee, PO Box 454, Tontitown, AR  72770

NWACHEA members, we will need:
1) each child’s name and grade level
2) your name, phone number, whether that number can text, and an email address if you use email
3) tell us whether you are registered with the Rogers or Fayetteville branch
4) no fee – spelling bee registration is FREE for members!

When you sign up, you will be emailed a practice word list for your grade level.  If you do not receive it, notify Beth as soon as possible!
If you would like to look at the practice list in order to make a decision whether or not to participate, that is totally acceptable.

Rather than have a child get “out” when they miss a word, each child is eventually given a set number of words to spell (probably 10). The kindergarteners will be tested by themselves as a group, then the first graders, etc. Each child takes a turn spelling one word, going through all the kids in the group ten times. At the end, the child in each grade level that has spelled the most correct out of the 10 words wins for that grade level.

Students will be sitting in a row of chairs at the front facing the audience, and each child will stand when it is his turn to spell, then sit back down.

Some other things to practice:
When it is their turn, students should say the word, then spell the word, then say the word again to end their turn. They don’t HAVE to say the word at the beginning and end, but it is a very helpful signal for the judge to know they are done. If it is too difficult for your student to remember to say the word, then just have them say the letters.

They should THINK before they speak, rather than think with their mouth, because we will not be allowing:
“number. n, n, n, n….u, m, b, e, r. number”
“number. n, u, n, I mean m, b, e r. number”
“n, u, m….number, n, u, m, b, e, r, number”
“n, u, can I start over?”
Once the letters come out of the mouth, that’s his/her literal spelling of that word.  This all sounds quite strict, but once you let things slide, it becomes unfair very quickly.

Questions? Please contact Beth Gildner.


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