“This is the first of a three-volume series The Spelling Bee Speller, a self-study learn-by-doing program for spelling practice and vocabulary building. It is written for–and by–spelling bee spellers, coaches, other teachers, and parents.
“In my family it all began when my son Arthur was a fifth grader. Two years later his sister Jean joined; the next year, her brother Hubert. I still remember the day Arthur brought home a list of words to practice for his school spelling bee. Many words on his list were very difficult for the fifth grader to understand. Quickly we got busy with dictionaries and began learning new words. We kept on doing it every day year-round.
“As Arthur is now a junior at Yale, ten years have passed since we began. Fortunately all three children did well in spelling bees, becoming champions many times. Although it took plenty of hard work to practice, we enjoyed learning English words together. Our daily practice sessions became a sort of family pastime, and English became a favorite subject for the children.
“The Spelling Bee Speller is a new, unique self-study guide, a practice spelling book. Each volume contains 1000 words most often used in spelling bees. Clear pronunciations, easy-to-understand definitions, and brief sample sentences are provided for each practice word. This arrangement enables you to pronounce and understand the words before you spell them. You can use the handy SPELLMARK included in this book to check your spelling. Practicing this way is like facing a pronouncer at a spelling bee and, at the same time, having a judge check your spelling, too. This will make your practice interesting and challenging. You’ll learn more words faster and easier. And it’s fun to do” (Sam H. Chang, author).
Sample words from The Spelling Bee Speller–The First Round:
blizzard, aisle, embarrass, bachelor, vacuum, genuine