Today’s Special Occasion: The National Spelling Bee

It's May 29, and today is the final day of competition in the National Spelling Bee.  If you watch the televised finals tonight, you'll see spellers tackle words that are often very long and unfamiliar, yet, amazingly it seems, they spell most of them correctly.  You might think words like bibliophile, effervescent, gestalt, kerfuffle, schottische and snickersnee are impossible to spell, but, in reality, these champion spellers use some of the same techniques and methods that we teach in our half-unit Spelling course.  They sound out words, they remember familiar rules, and they use the language of origin to help them spell these unfamiliar words correctly.  Tune in tonight, and you may just become a better speller yourself!