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Bee-ginner Spelling

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Starts September 24, 2017!
Email hexco@hexco.com to enroll.

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Above: Coaches for the September 2017 class include Gokul Venkatachalam, co-winner of the 2015 NSB and Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, 2nd place finisher of the 2016 NSB. Both have been coaching individual students for Hexco for over a year.

For spellers in kindergarten through grades 3 and 4.

Are you wondering if your very young speller should enter the spelling arena? Not sure where to start? Let us help! Our Bee-ginner spelling class will allow you to explore your young child's potential while working with some of the best spellers in recent National Spelling Bees.

This 12-week class is geared toward “brand new” spellers in kindergarten through 3rd-4th grade who have minimal or no spelling bee preparation or experience.

Class length: 12-weeks, 30 to 60 minutes per weekly session depending on number of enrollees

Requirements:

  • Computer, internet access, web-cam, and microphone are required as classes will be held via Skype or similar video service
  • Spell Buddies 1-8 eMentor ($149-gives 1-year access to this product); 8,000 words
  • Home monitoring by parent is required for this age student

Curriculum:

  • Assignments will be given weekly and will include basic studying of 6 languages, 6 topical lists, Latin and Greek roots, puzzles, Spell Buddy eMentor and additional eMentor sets
  • Language patterns, spelling bee tips, root explanations, spelling bee patterns, and more will be studied weekly

Tuition: $1300 for the 12-week class. A $400 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your child’s spot. Start date is tentatively Sunday, September 24, 2017 and will be confirmed upon enrollment.

Recommended for class, but not required:

Our Bee-ginners class will be conducted by Gokul Venkatchalam, co-winner of the 2015 National Spelling Bee and Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, 2nd place finisher at the 2016 National Spelling Bee. The class curriculum is designed to gradually teach spelling and language patterns starting with basic Greek and Latin root work and helps very young spellers begin building a basic spelling and vocabulary foundation in a fun classroom environment! We'll use entertaining puzzles and more!
 
MEET OUR COACHING DUO FOR THE 'BEE-GINNERS' CLASS!

Gokul Venkatachalam is a sophomore in high school. He competed in the National Spelling Bee four times, placing 10th, 19th, 3rd, and eventually becoming a co-champion in 2015. He is also a champion of the South Asian Spelling Bee. He has a deep passion for language patterns and roots, and uses his knowledge to help his students become the best spellers they can possibly become. Gokul participated in Hexco’s Personal Spelling Coach (PSC) program as a student and has been coaching PSC spellers for nearly a year and a half.

Snehaa Ganesh Kumar has nine years of experience in spelling bees, starting from kindergarten and continuing through 8th grade. She competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2015, tying for 4th place, and in 2016, she became the third place winner. Snehaa has demonstrated a great mastery of the language during her studies for the National Spelling Bee and has enjoyed sharing her expertise by coaching PSC spellers for over year. Coaching has been her way of giving back to the spelling community and working with spellers in an area of her life that she loves.