Spelling Bee

Reporter: Jasmine Homer

Take away the "spell check" and let's face it - most of us would be scrambling for a dictionary. "We're really not that interested in spelling."

In America - it's huge. The 2002 documentary Spellbound captured the hype of the National Spelling Bee. Now the State Library Foundation has created a new spelling competition for WA. The foundation's Bronwyn Lewis, "This will weed out WA's top spellers".

Six weeks of the Spelling Bee is online. English teacher Penny James chose the words. It's a way to get children and even adults into spelling and learning about spelling.

The grand final spell-off is next month. The top spellers win a trip for four to Disneyland in Hong Kong. Maylands Peninsula Primary School will be in the running.

For further details visit

www.spellingbee.org.au

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