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Ben's first spelling bee was today! This was for all homeschoolers in the metro, grades K thru 8th (he's registered as 1st grade, based on age). He came in 7th place over-all, and he got a framed award for best sportsmanship! (Seriously... sportsmanship is NOT his strong suit, so I was more thrilled about that than the 7th place thing.) Honestly, he should've won. He got nervous on stage and reversed two letters (evaluate = evaulate). He knew that, and every single word after that. Next year, he'll be less stressed out about the whole thing. I'm very proud!
I didn't realize it's open to ALL age! I thought it was only for middle school, too, until I saw that 6 year old that made it to Washington last year, and then Ben's psychologist recommended entering him after seeing his test scores last year. He's still upset that he lost over something so stupid, and he's not sure he wants to try again next year. I think he'll change his mind at some point and want back into it, though. It's just that he's such a darn perfectionist!! He's much more interested in the NatGeo Bee, though. I think the NatGeo Bee would be harder, but that's his passion. I'm allowing him to start studying for it, even though he wont' be allowed to participate until 4th by age (I believe... again, I may be wrong about that.)
The Nat Geo Bee is harder, or was in the 90s. I competed in both. I went to the National Spelling Bee but not the National Nat Geo one.
He can always get the basics down now and then get the current stuff when he's "4th grade" age.