Sylvie Lamontagne

At: 5/16/2017 12:35:36 AM
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Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

The title is pretty self-explanatory. This is the longest word in the English language, at least according to Merriam-Webster.It probably wouldn't be used in the bee, but it is loved by many language nerds nevertheless. Imagine, however, that you did get it in a bee. If you hadn't seen the word, you may initially be intimidated by it. At nineteen syllables (and 45 letters), it is a monster of a word. However, it can be broken down pretty simply:
"Pneumono-" is a Greek root meaning breath.
"Ultra-" is a Latin root meaning beyond.
"Micro-" is a Latin and Greek root meaning small.
"Scop-" is a Latin and Greek root meaning to see, or eye.
"-Ic" is a common adjective suffix.
"Silico-" is a Latin root meaning, well, silicon.
"Volcano" is, well, volcano.
"Conio-" is a German and Latin and Greek root meaning dust.
"-Osis" is a Latin and Greek suffix meaning disease.
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Bernadette Miao

At: 5/15/2017 11:32:37 AM
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5 Year Old Spelling * (May 14)

Great job learning the words and definitions! * did wonderfully spelling and defining the words on the list. I would keep practicing these words and learning the definitions until Bee Week.
 
I would definitely try to do another practice test to simulate the test at Scripps. I would also practice "being up at the microphone." * should keep up * method of spelling that includes asking questions.
 
See you next week,
Bernadette 
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Bernadette Miao

At: 4/29/2017 4:07:51 PM
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5 Year Old Spelling * (April 29)

 
Great job on the Round Two spelling and vocabulary. Keep up the great work!
 
I would continue learning/reviewing these words until Bee Week. For these words, * did a good job clarifying. * should continue to do this, especially since some words on the list are homonyms or near-homonyms.
 
I have attached seven prefixes along with their associated words. These words may be confusing to learn because of their similar meanings. I would use these words mainly to serve as examples of how * can figure out the meaning of a word based on "roots."
 
 
~Bernadette
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Sylvie Lamontagne

At: 4/26/2017 10:35:08 PM
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ECN Call with Kelly Mills (4.22.17) Outline

During this call we discussed several things. A few of the main topics were:
-Best resources to study from (CWL, Words of Wisdom, Hexco's lists, etc.)
-Making an educated guess on spelling words you don't know (taking into consideration roots, language patterns, etc.)
-Strategies for learning spelling material (Quizlet is an excellent resource to use for review)
-Best sources to use for roots (the roots list in Words of Wisdom, as well as the Dictionary of Prefixes, Suffixes, and Combining Forms)...more

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Sylvie Lamontagne

At: 4/20/2017 11:58:52 PM
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Fleshy Etymologies

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Bernadette Miao

At: 4/15/2017 10:26:12 AM
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5 Year Old Spelling * (April 14)

During this meeting, we went over some Spanish words that started with the letters a, b, and c. We also practiced words from the whole list, but we focused on the words * learned (letters a through k).

To help * learn the vocabulary of these words, I suggest that you make flashcards with pictures, create a matching game, or write out the definitions.

I will continue to send vocabulary words, but I would focus on the spelling list. You can use the vocabulary lists if you have time.

Thanks,

Bernadette

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Bernadette Miao

At: 4/2/2017 11:57:25 AM
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5 Year Old Spelling * (April 1)

Great job this week!
 
I have two pronunciation guides. The first one is from Merriam Webster. I find it to be comprehensive and easy to use. The second one is a chart with common diacritical marks.
 
I have attached 33 vocabulary words. * is doing a great job learning them!

* also did a great job with the word part of andros- we did this meeting. I will send a combined list of words with word parts later.

* is also very good at learning the tips and tricks for spelling Spanish words. I have attached Spanish words that begin with the letter "A."

I have another French list. I put the list for \s\.

See you next week!
Bernadette

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