There is a certain electric magic that comes with the National Spelling Bee. It's the stuff that movies and legends are made of. This year, Sukanya Roy won the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee (the 84th annual!) with the word cymotrichous (as in my hair on a steamy day -- or, in plain English, having the hair wavy). The 14-year-old spelled her way through 20 rounds and beat out 275 other spellers for the honor.
But how does one garner such stellar spelling skills?
Even if your child doesn't aspire to the National Spelling Bee, having good spelling skills is a really great. Yes, it's beneficial, even though spell check is everywhere. (Haven't you read Damn You Autocorrect? If not, you should. It's a great afternoon pick-me-up.)
Whether your kids want to be master spellers or just want to score high on their spelling exams, knowing how to practice their skills is essential. Here are a few good ideas:
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