Level 1: Bee-ginner Spelling

Bee-ginners Coaching Circle

A fun, group course for beginning spellers!

Registration is Closed

Introduce your youngest child to the love of spelling.

The students will be using the spelling word lists (study materials) in Spell Buddies eMentor ($149/combo set). Try out our eMentor for free today!

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Wondering if your youngest is ready to enter the spelling arena? Not sure where to start? Our Bee-ginner spelling class will allow you to explore your young child's potential while working with our head spelling coach, Michelle Horton. The only requirement is that your child must know how to read. This is a fun, once-in-a-lifetime experience to excite youngsters about the world of words! This 6-week class is geared toward spellers who are new to spelling in grades Kindergarten through third/fourth grade who have minimal or no bee preparation or experience and who have possibly studied Scripps' Class/School list for school. Candidates for this class may have studied some of the 'Spell It' list, but have not spent serious time studying for spelling bees.

The format of the Bee-ginner class and assignments provide an excellent foundation and 'stepping stone' to our Personal Spelling Coaching program, which is often the next step and is somewhat more intense.  Spellers in the Bee-ginner course learn many of the basics, including some language family rules, some assignments in Spell Buddies (sold separately), some Latin and Greek roots, and some difficult-to-spell lists.

This class is limited to ten students, so if you would like to reserve your place, please fill out our interest form and pay your deposit of $400 to secure your place!

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MEET THE COACH - Michelle Horton


Michelle Horton is our original coach who assisted in developing the Spelling Coaching Program with Linda Tarrant. Michelle has been writing and editing products for Hexco for the past several years and has been coaching students using our new system for over seven years. Prior to coaching Hexco spellers, Michelle coached all of her children using Hexco products, and they together spelled at the National Bee a total of seven years. Michelle’s youngest, Mary, ultimately tied for fifth place at the NSB in her final attempt and has since aged out of the competition. Michelle is an expert grammarian who holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with a specialization in Chemistry. As head coach, she has developed instructions for approaching the spelling of words in various language families beyond what is in Hexco's Spelling Rules Book and has added multiple lists for many language families and beyond. Currently, Michelle is expanding the Personal Spelling Coach Program to include new areas for mastery for coaching students as well as working with Linda Tarrant to convert our current program to include coaching eMentors for the PSC program. Her positive attitude helps build excellent rapport with students as she continues to receive stellar reviews from customers who have had the opportunity to benefit from her coaching, many of whom have made it to the higher rungs of the National Spelling Bee.

Class Details:

- Class will meet for 6 weeks. Class length will be 60 minutes.
- Minimum of 3 spellers required to run the class; maximum number of spellers for a class is 10.
- Materials needed (electronic): internet access, computer with working web-cam and microphone are required as class to be held via Skype or similar video service.
- Materials needed (study materials): Spell Buddies eMentor ($149/combo set).
- Assignments will be given weekly and will include basic studying of 6 languages, 6 topical lists, roots (1 Latin, 1 Greek/week after week 4 or so of the class), and a standard assignment in Spell Buddies eMentor ($149/combo set-required purchase). Puzzles and eMentor assignments will be given weekly to aid in mastery. Schedule provided upon payment.
- Home monitoring by parent is REQUIRED for this age student.
- Language patterns, spelling bee tips, root explanations, spelling bee patterns, and more will be examined during classes with one area or more featured weekly.
- Pricing is $1300 for the 6-week class. A $400 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your child’s spot.

Dates - All Classes are held on Sundays, and begin at 5 pm EST

June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12

Required purchase for class:

Spell Buddies 1-8 eMentor ($149 gives 1-year access to this product)

Recommended for class, but not required:

Subscription to the Merriam Webster’s Online Unabridged Dictionary and the Spelling Rules Book

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!

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