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LIFE of Tampa welcomes everyone, of all races, ethnicities, religions, family compositions, sexual orientations, learning styles, lifestyles, abilities and disabilities, and asks only that rules of civility, kindness and compassion be honored by all, for all.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

THINK Day Hosts 2013 Tampa Bay Spelling Bee!

LIFE of Tampa has handed off the 2013 Spelling Bee hosting to the THINK homeschool cooperative.

The Bee will be held at 1:00 PM, on Saturday, January 26th, 2013, at Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library. It's not too late to join in on the fun -- enrollment has been extended until December 15, 2012.

 For more information about the Bee, please visit www.think-day.com or send an email to think.spelling.bee@gmail.com

Happy Spelling!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Congratulations LIFE of Tampa Spelling Bee Winners!

Congratulations to Tommy Foster and Sophi L., shown at left with veteran Bee pronouncer, Loni Kaplan, winning first and second place respectively in the 2012 LIFE of Tampa Spelling Bee. Tommy won with the words “unanimous” and “embargo,” and goes on to compete at the March 3rd Regional Bee at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg.

This year we also experimented with a Mini-Bee for 5-7 year olds, and we think it was pretty successful, giving our younger spellers an opportunity to have their own floor time, competing with others at their age and grade level.  Our Mini-Bee winner was 6 year old Aahan D.  He took on the bigger kids in the main Bee afterwards, too. Go Aahan! And look for a Mini-Bee again at next year’s event.
Our final Bee winner was Tommy Foster, in his second consecutive win at the LIFE of Tampa Spelling Bee, and our runner up was Sophi L., in her first Bee appearance, to which she brought confidence and skill, and her own personal brand of showmanship! Tommy goes on to compete at the Admiral Farragut Regional Bee on March 3rd, which I highly encourage those who are interested in learning more about competitive Spelling Bees to attend.

Interested in trying out the Bee next year? The best way to be successful at the Bee is to make spelling a regular part of your family learning experience.  To that end, there are some things you can do to improve spelling and vocabulary skills during the year. 

Weekly “Spelling Downs” - A Spelling Down is essentially a small, regular informal mini-Bee within a family , or in any small group.  It’s great practice, in a familiar environment, helps expand vocabulary and for students interested in competing in a local or regional Bee, can help hone skills like recognizing word origins and spelling patterns. Regular mini-Bees also help children become more comfortable with making mistakes and sometimes losing, which is an inevitable part of any competition, and in fact, of any effort.

Scripps Resources:
Other good resources:

Many thanks to the Community Learning Center at Spirit of Life for opening their doors to us on short notice, when we unexpectedly lost the use of our meeting space at the local library. They're working hard to provide lifelong learning for meaningful living, and we're grateful they supported our Bee!

Congratulations again to our winners, and to all our participating students, and we hope to see you all again  - and some new students! - next year at the LIFE of Tampa 2013 Spelling Bee!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

LIFE of Tampa 2012 Spelling Bee Saturday, January 28

LIFE of Tampa is happy to announce
with gratitude, that the new Community Learning Center at Spirit of Life is co-sponsoring this year's Bee, freely providing space at the last minute when we lost our scheduled library venue.

So the Bee buzzes on, January 28,  at 18412 Burrell Road in Odessa, where students in the  eighth grade or below will be competing, starting at 1pm with a mini-Bee for 5-7 yr olds.  The winner of our mini-Bee has the option of competing in the main Bee that follows.

The final winner of  the LIFE of Tampa Spelling Bee will go on to compete in the 2012 Tampa  Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee in March, at Admiral Farragut Academy on March 3rd, 2012. Winner of the Regional Spelling Bee may go on to compete at the Scripps   National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C..  Last year's LIFE of Tampa Bee winner, Tommy Foster, was also the winner of the Regional Bee and went on to compete at the national Scripps Spelling Bee earlier this year.

The purpose of the Bee is to have fun while helping youth improve their  spelling, increase their vocabularies, and improve their English usage  skills in a way that will serve them a life time!  The event is intended  to encourage and celebrate academic excellence in the Tampa Bay area.

We hope you'll join us to cheer these wonderful children on!