Homeschool Spelling Bee

This morning was our homeschool spelling bee!

   

Nathan was the emcee, and thanked the kids for studying so hard and practicing so much, and reminded them that interrupting someone else’s word time meant being disqualified.
  

They were so good!

  

Two other families cancelled at the last minute due to illness, and another family was late, so the preschool group only had our kids in it:
  

Anber’s goal for the day was just to get on the stage!

And she did!

  

Barrett identified letters, numbers, shapes, and colors:
  

Kirk rocked it! He spelled words from his group for ages! I was so proud of him! He studied harder than anyone, and it showed because he got first place!

  

Alex was in a group with two other kids, one of whom is also autistic.  However, the other kiddo has a photographic memory the way Alex remembers conversations and lyrics, so he had an advantage.  I was proud of Alex, though, because he kept trying and thought so carefully.  When he was finally out, he did not throw a baby fit, even though he was very sad.
    
    

Mary cracks me up. She was the only one in her group, and she can read at the third grade level.  But today she was just whacky! Maybe she was anxious, or just being silly, but she didn’t spell anything right at all – not even close!  Classic Mary moment.
  

After we had category winners, everyone decided to play again for one more championship round!

  
    
    
    
  

It ended up being Anber and Matt, our other friend with autism, left standing as our last two spellers! 

The final words were third grade words, and Anber finally just laid down on the stage in an apparent forfeit.

  

We had so much fun!
    
    

    
    
    
    
    
 

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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