Level 1: Bee-ginner Spelling

Registration for Bee-ginners Coaching Circle is closed. If you're interested in coaching classes for spelling, a new Fast Track course will take place at the end of July! READ MORE!

A fun, group course for beginning spellers! Introduce your youngest child to the love of spelling …

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

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 length:
6 weeks, 60 minutes per weekly session


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

· Assignments will be given weekly and will include basic studying of 3 languages, 3 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


$1300 for the 6-week class. A $400 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your child’s spot. Start date will be confirmed upon enrollment.

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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