I was determined to prove to her that I could spell, and that year I worked really hard on my spelling list. I remember the week that 'miscellaneous' appeared on that list. "What is THAT word?" I cried inwardly, "This is getting ridiculous. There is no way I will learn to spell it. It's all over. I'm doomed." Okay, maybe I didn't think those exact words, but the emotion behind them was the same.
I felt very defeated, but I worked hard, really hard. I practiced 'miscellaneous' every single day. And by the end of the week, I had mastered it. It was the biggest word I knew how to spell, and I was so very proud of myself. And every year after that, when I was labeling all the folders in my (usually fake) Trapper Keeper, I added in a miscellaneous tab, and remembered for just a second how happy I was that I could spell it.
To be honest, I never did become a spelling master. I'm not completely disastrous anymore, but I am thankful for spell check when I'm typing. (If you have a box of miscellaneous items that needs to be labeled though, I'm your woman. Just let me grab my sharpie.)
I'm hoping that Katarina's spelling abilities will far exceed my own, so it is something we are focusing heavily on this year in our homeschooling. One big part of that is looking for ways to make spelling fun.
You know what is fun? Spelling Bees.
In Spelling Bee News: (if there really was a spelling bee newspaper, just think how all the words would always be spelled correctly)
Macy’s and Reading is Fundamental have teamed up to host the 7th Annual Macy's Spelling Bee at 27 stores across the country for kids ages 8-11.
- Houston, TX - Memorial City @ 2PM (Kids, 2nd Floor)
- Aventura, FL - Aventura Mall @ 2PM (Kids, 3rd Floor)
- Coral Springs, FL - Coral Springs @ 2PM (Kids, Level 1)
- Orlando, FL - Florida Mall @ 2PM (Kids, 2nd Floor)
- San Diego, CA - Fashion Valley @ 2PM (Kids, 3rd Floor)
Katarina and I will be attending the Orlando Bee, and I'm hoping it will inspire us as we focus on spelling.
There are some pretty fancy prizes for the winners, including an iPad, a $100 Macy's Gift Card, a tutoring scholarship from Kaplan and an online gift card from Scholastic. You can find the official rules and regulations, as well as all of the dates and locations here.
Are you a spelling master?
Legal Stuff: I am a member of the Everywhere Society, and I was provided with compensation for this post. All spelling stories and opinions are my own, and I was not required to say nice things about Macy's - but I'm pretty sure they were thankful I ran this post through spell check before publishing it.