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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Bernadette Miao

At: 3/31/2017 2:34:15 PM
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5 Year Old Spelling * (March 25)

Thanks for another great meeting!

* did a great job learning the vocabulary words I sent. The questions I asked * are similar to the format of the Bee's vocabulary test.

I have attached two word lists for French. In total, there are 105 words. I have included the pronunciations and definitions from Merriam Webster. The sounds are \äⁿ\ and \ōⁿ\.

The word parts that we went over are a great way to study for both spelling and vocabulary. Later on I will send a list of all of the word parts that we have studied.

Lastly, I have attached 27 vocabulary words.

Thanks,
Bernadette

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Bernadette Miao

At: 3/23/2017 1:46:51 PM
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Fun Coaching with a 5 Year Old Spelling Star*

March 18, 2017 (5 year old speller*)

Thank you for the wonderful meeting today! Congratulations to * on spelling successes!

I have written up an evaluation of *s spelling and vocabulary skills. I have attached 20 words that I think are good to learn for both spelling and vocabulary. Please let me know what you think of the words and the number of words. Also, I have attached the word list I used during the meeting.

Spelling:

* is really focused when * spells. * is great at clarifying the word to make sure that * knows what word * is being asked. * should continue * way of spelling and asking questions.

Based on the words I asked *, * can easily spell any words up to the sixth grade level. * can spell most of the seventh and eighth grade level words I asked *.

To best prepare * for the spelling rounds, I would study the lists provided by the Bee. I will send other word lists that I think are good for * to study.

Vocabulary:

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Sylvie Lamontagne

At: 3/19/2017 2:56:35 PM
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The Odd Etymologies of Less-Than-Odd Words

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Rahul Krishnaswamy

At: 2/14/2017 1:26:43 PM
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A Dwarf in a Garden of Giants

There I awkwardly stood: a third grader in the midst of seventh and eighth graders, a dwarf in a garden of giants, an unwelcome addition to what was traditionally considered a “middle-school only” affair. I shakily approached the microphone, adjusted it to my height (once again), and meekly spelled my eighth or ninth word that day; then it came — “I’m sorry, the correct spelling is …..,” the pronouncer said, ending my lucky streak and, in my mind, my future as a “professional speller.” What I did not realize was that this event was the beginning of an obsession with etymology and words.

Fast forward 5 years, and I sat on the stage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee as a returning competitor and for the last time. As the entrance music played, I looked out and saw a throng of spectators, dazzling lights, and television cameras, and as I reflected on the journey I had taken since that fateful day in the third grade — the grueling local competitions, the painful hours of inte
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