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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 homeschool student.

Bee Date: Friday, January 22, 2021

Wildewood Christian Church

1255 Royal Dr #2081, Papillion, NE 68046


Online registration is open 1 Oct 20 - 15 Jan 21. 

In-person registration will be accepted at the event on 22 Jan 21.

Include spelling in your plans!  Now is the time to mark your calendars for this year’s bee and gather your resources for studying spelling and vocabulary.

NH-HEN’s annual bee location is still to be determined (TBD) but we will follow our regular schedule.  Junior Division check-in/registration begins at 9:30 AM, with their bee to follow at 10:00 AM.  After a short break for lunch, the Senior Division check-in/registration will start at 1:00 PM for their bee at 1:30 PM.


Need study resources?  Click here to learn more about the new Word Club app!


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 the 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:  Various Scripps resources are available to parents at their website and we encourage parents to explore their site.  One valuable resource is the Word Club app.  Additionally, the 2021 School Spelling Bee Study List is now divided into three levels of difficulty: One Bee (lower elementary), Two Bee (upper elementary), and Three Bee (middle school).  It's recommended your student start with the list that is at his/her skill level and progress from there.  To access study tips and other helpful resources we encourage you to visit the Scripps website.  If you are having difficulty obtaining the word lists, feel free to email our coordinator at s[email protected] for assistance.

Junior Division Students: we encourage you to study One Bee words first, then learn Two Bee words.  If you plan to compete in the Senior Division, you will also need to study Three Bee words, and maybe even try learning some of the Words of The Champions.  

Senior Division Students: we encourage you to study all lists One Bee, Two Bee, and Three Bee.  If your spelling skills are advanced, then you should also study Words of The Champions.

Vocabulary Study: the word lists do not include word definitions, so to prepare for the vocabulary rounds, try the website www.wordcentral.com or the dictionaries mentioned in the rules.  The Nebraska Homeschool Spelling Bee will offer some vocabulary rounds for practice purposes only.

The NH-HEN back-up lists for the junior division will be made available soon... please be patient while we secure a public location to store the list.

Another great parent resource is the “Teacher’s BEEhive” e-newsletter.  You can subscribe at www.spellingbee.com, click on the Teacher tab, and scroll down until you find "Join the BeeHive" and where you can sign-up. 



Everyone involved in the Nebraska Homeschool Spelling Bee is expected to abide by the Local Spelling Bee Rules.  Please note, "DECISIONS OF THE LOCAL SPELLING BEE OFFICIALS ARE FINAL" and are within the prerogative of Nebraska Homeschool.  Spelling bee officials include the pronouncer, judges, coordinator, and sponsor (Nebraska Homeschool).  The Scripps National Spelling Bee will not be involved in local bee decisions.


About the competitions: 

Junior Division is separated by grade level (grades 1 – 4) and is offered to help the younger spellers prepare for future bees.  Junior Division should be prepared for use of the Scripps lists in both the spelling and vocabulary rounds; if the backup list from the library is used, it will be used for the appropriate grade level in the spelling rounds only.  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 separation by grade levels, meaning the spellers will be competing as a single group.  The top two spellers at this level will advance to the Douglas County Spelling Bee.  Senior Division spellers should study all of the Scripps lists, 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 www.myspellit.com.)


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 that 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 as you involve the winner’s family and other homeschool volunteers in hosting this county-level bee.  If your child wins the Douglas County Bee, please contact Nebraska Homeschool and we will share what we've learned from past experiences.  Our email is [email protected].

See YOU at the Bee!