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Nebraska Homeschool Official Spelling Bee




Nebraska Homeschool is proud to sponsor an official Scripps Spelling Bee for Nebraska homeschool students in our area.  This is a route to higher level competitions in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  We invite you to join in the fun and showcase your Nebraska homeschool student.

Bee Date: Friday, January 11, 2019

Register Your Homeschool Student

2019 Homeschool Spelling Bee

Homeschool parents, as you are launching the 2018-19 school year, don’t forget to include spelling in your plans!  Now is the time to mark your calendars for this year’s bee—Friday, January 11, 2019—and gather your resources for studying spelling and vocabulary.

NH-HEN’s annual bee will be held at the A.V. Sorensen Library and Community Center on 48th and Cass Streets.  Junior division check-in/registration begins at 9:30 AM, with the bee to follow at 10:00 AM.  After a short break for lunch, senior division check-in/registration will start at 1:00 PM for the senior division bee at 1:30 PM.


Need study resources?  You can get a free Word Club Season Pass!

The first 25 families to register for the  Nebraska Homeschool Spelling Bee will be given a code to access the full version of the Word Club.  This is a $29.99 value filled with additional study resources beyond what the Basic Word Club offers.  Each access code will support up to three spellers in your household.  Learn more about the Word Club Season Pass from the Scripps National Spelling Bee website.  


Looking for an engaging way of building your child's vocabulary and spelling power?

Check out the Great Words, Great Works reading lists, a list of grade-specific books that contain the words your speller needs to know. Download the list from Scripps National Spelling Bee website.


Did you know we award our top speller a one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids?


Resources for study:  All Scripps resources are available to parents at their website and we encourage parents to explore their site.  One valuable resource is the Word Club.  For this resource and more access the Parents & Students.  Choose the Word Club from the top navigation bar and sign-up for a free Word Club account if you missed early registration (not just a free preview, but the full account). 

The Scripps word list, rules, and other resources are included in the free account.  Use the ZIP code 68010 to find the Nebraska Homeschool as your “school.”  You must select a grade, and that is the word list that will open for your account.  If you need more grades than the one selected, save or print that list and update your account to another grade; repeat until you have all the pages you need. 

Junior Division students: we encourage you to study (a) the list for your grade, (b) the list one grade below your grade, and (c) the list one grade above your grade - this will help you prepare for extended rounds.  If you plan to compete in the senior division, you will also need to study the 6-8 grade word lists.

Senior Division students: we encourage you to study the word lists for 1-8 grade.  *The entire word list is "fair game" for use, so we encourage you to be prepared.

The word lists do not include word definitions, so to prepare for the vocabulary rounds, try the website or the dictionaries mentioned in the rules.  If you prefer, you can also choose to upgrade your Word Club account to the paid version, but that is completely optional.

A thorough reading of the rules in Word Club will help both junior and senior division spellers and parents to know what to expect and will give ideas on how to prepare for both spelling and vocabulary rounds.  (Bee officials do modify the rules as needed.)  Another great parent resource is the “Teacher’s BEEhive” e-newsletter.  You can subscribe at, click on the Teacher tab and scroll down until you find "Join the BeeHive" and where you can sign-up.

The NH-HEN back-up lists for the junior division are available at the A.V. Sorensen branch of the Omaha Public Library.  Just stop in at this branch and request a copy.


About the competitions:  Junior division is divided by grade level (grades 1 – 4) and is just for fun.  Junior division spellers can use both the Scripps list (for both spelling and vocab rounds) and the backup list (spelling rounds only) for the appropriate grade.   The words used for the bee are chosen by the pronouncer and could come from either list or from any source of the pronouncer’s choosing.

Senior division is for any speller through 8th grade, with no division of grade levels.  The top two spellers at this level advance to the Douglas County Spelling Bee.  Senior division spellers should study the Scripps list for grades 1 – 8 as well as any other spelling resources they choose.  While the words in the bee usually come from the Scripps list, ultimately, the words are chosen by the pronouncer and are not limited to any source.  (Another good resource for senior division spellers is


Parents of senior division spellers, please take note:

The Douglas County Spelling Bee passes to the winner’s school each year.  This means that if your child advances to and wins the Douglas County bee in this year, not only does he/she advance to the Midwest Regional Spelling Bee, but your family also becomes the host of the next year's Douglas County Spelling Bee.

This is a fairly small bee which has been hosted by homeschoolers several times.  In the past, Nebraska Homeschool has assisted with some support, but the ultimate responsibility of organizing this event falls to you, the parents of the Douglas County bee winner.  It is always a great opportunity for the homeschool community to shine and to involve the winner’s family and other homeschool volunteers in hosting a county level bee.  If your child wins at Douglas County, please contact the Nebraska Homeschool so we can discuss how we can assist you.  Our email is

See YOU at the Bee!