When I recently taught Abigail how to use the spellchecker, she didn't understand why she had spent so much time on that darn spelling bee a while back. I also wonder, "Why did we spend every moment in the car for three weeks spelling word after word, if a computer will fix your mistakes for you?" She was amazed! I am sure that somewhere in that great brain of hers, she is trying to figure out how she can have Microsoft Word close by for next year's competition.
I don't want to make you think that I am trying to exploit Abigial with this video because I chose to post the video of when she got outed. Abigail was the only third grader to stay in until the third round; she did very well. And it's a good thing because it felt like I lived and breathed spelling there for a bit. I just love watching her little wheels turn in this video. You can see it on her face that it only took her .005 second to realize that she didn't know how to spell smear. So, what did she do... she said something as quick as she could to get the misery over with. That's my girl...why prolong misery?...if you barrel through anything fast enough, it is as if you didn't experience it at all. (Wow, even if she doesn't ever win the spelling bee, maybe I have taught her some life coping skills?)
I like to blame LeGrand for the fact that Abigail did not know "smear". Really, if that would have been my word, she would have never forgotten the trick...ear with and sm? (Dad didn't really get into the spelling tricks) The end of page three was dad's job while mom was at work, back in December. LeGrand swears they went over it, and I am not trying to be mean by blaming him, but really, just so you know, it is the only way that I am feeling good about my job as a mom right now. That spelling bee was one way that I could prove that I was a little smart. LG, well, let's just say he doesn't need to prove anything to anyone (he's pretty secure) and he can also do math. And, let's face it, with Word around, who really needs to know how to spell anyway?
Is anyone else having trouble using their spellchecker in blogspot? I am sorry if I have made you all cringe with my misspelling during the last few days. (Is that word even spelled right?) Well, if anyone knows what I need to do so that I can spell correctly again, can you give me a shout? I would hate to smir my stellar spelling reputation.
And, a good old fashioned spelling bee is not going to work...I now know modern technology in the most intimate fashion, if you know what I mean.