Spelling Bee with Makers
Gajera group of schools always pursue the quality education and overall development of the children. Keeping this view Sunita’s Makerspace under the aegis of Gajera Trust, Surat had organized ONLINE Spelling Bee inter-school competition 2020-21 on 12/01/2021 Tuesday. The 1098 learners from grades 3 to 9 had participated in this competition from the 30 different schools across India. All the participants showed their great enthusiasm and they enjoyed the spirit of sportsmanship and friendly rivalry at the level of intellectuality.There have been 3 rankers declared winners in the final round from each group like Group A (grades 3-4), Group B (grades 5-7), and Group C (grades 8-9)
A spelling bee can spark a love of language and learn in children that will serve them well throughout their entire lives. The literacy, cognitive and life skills that they develop through study and competing have benefits far beyond the scope of mere spelling ability, reaching into every aspect of life and communication. Participating in a spelling bee may be hard work. But it can also be a lot of fun, with many unexpected rewards for all facets of life.
The Spell Bee Competition is aimed at creating awareness of the possibilities of using varied words in oral and written expression. Contestants, apart from learning the spellings of thousand words, they also learn their forms, correct pronunciation, synonyms, antonyms and word usage in sentences ensuring the holistic understanding and application of the words learned. Spelling bee help to promote literacy by providing children with a positive goal far beyond the scope of mere spelling ability, reaching into every aspect of life and communication. The final round of Sunita’s makerspace Spell Bee virtual contest for Grades Third through Ninth was held on Tuesday, January 12th. Thank you to all the makers who participated in the contest. Congratulations to all the winners! All of our makers did a wonderful job representing their grades.
Spelling as a topic of study began largely due to the influence of Noah Webster’s "Blue-backed Speller." It revolutionized education when received in 1786 by a largely illiterate nation.
Webster sparked a generation’s interest in spelling and teachers soon began to use competitions to motivate students to improve their spelling. Spelling contests have been recorded as far back as 1808, though they weren’t formalized until the first United States National Spelling Bee took place in 1925.
After sixteen years of annual contests, the Scripps Howard News Service began to sponsor the event and to this day continues its support of the bee. It is now known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The popularity of the Scripps National Spelling Bee has spread across the globe with local communities holding spells bees in various countries. Even non-English speaking countries in Asia, Africa, India, and the Middle East are using the format to help their kids to learn English.
Spelling bees aren’t named after the insect, but rather the term refers to a gathering of people who come together for a common purpose, often helping one another to achieve the goal. Originating from the Middle English word “bene,” people have gathered over the centuries to participate in sewing bees, cleaning bees, and now even spelling bees. The competitors gain the experience necessary to develop a healthy sense of sportsmanship and friendly rivalry. Moreover, they learn how to both win and lose with grace. Students are encouraged to interact with each other and connect over a mutual interest in language.
Studying for a spelling bee doesn’t just entail rote memorization of words, but involves a lot more learning than most people imagine. They can apply these traits to any field later in life. Spellers equip themselves with the tools to reach a higher writing level and the ability to manipulate language. Students who target their spelling study not only increase their vocabulary but also develop cognitive abilities and learning strategies. Their knowledge generally helps them to become great readers as well. It helps them enjoy a wide range of literature and reading material often beyond their years.
While training for a spelling bee, students learn about word roots and origins. They delve deeper into understanding the meaning and grammatical function of words. A champion speller can spell a word they’ve never seen before! They also gain confidence by performing in public. Spelling bees provide students, who have an interest in language to enjoy the same opportunity to compete, perform, and experience those valuable life lessons on their terms. Athletics and sports are commonly viewed as healthy outlets for the competitive spirit, as well as a way to gain confidence in oneself.
Now, you can take part in the Online Spelling Bee Competition! It's a challenging place where you can compete against players from all around the world in real-time. Web sites like Spell Quiz provide a motivating change for the traditional dictionary study and offer you the ability to track your progress accurately.
Mr. Nitin Patil (Principal)
Gajera Vidyabhavan, Sachin