Kids roll tongues in spelling bee

2017-10-12 06:00
Ready to roll their tongues in a spelling competition.

Ready to roll their tongues in a spelling competition.

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Young Minds hosted its first annual Spelling Bee contest at Tankiso community hall in Gugulethu last Saturday.

All the children who attend Young Minds reading, writing and comprehension classes came in full force for the event.

In the past two months, these children were given more than hundred words with which they had to be familiar with, and their definitions, to prepare for their spelling contest.

And on Saturday, they did not disappoint, and took to the task like bumblebees.

Parents also came out in droves to watch and cheer the children.

In the first round of the contest there were consistent cheers and applause as the contestants kept cool under pressure, as the judges, kind and patient, said: ‘please spell - ‘independent’.

In the second round the pressure was mounting, and only those who were thoroughly prepared stayed composed and hit the words on the head.

The contest went from baby boys and baby girls to big girls and big boys, as each round whittled down the numbers.

One person said it from the audience - there was a show of “girl power”, as there was a complete annihilation of the boys.

The top five were exclusively ‘big girls’ category.

“You could see the flow and their knowledge of the words wrapped up in the composure of these big girls, even as the words were getting tougher,” said Young Minds founder Ziyanda Baba.

The fever of the spelling contest was at its pitch as the crowd watched five confident girls battling it out for the three trophies that were starring at them right in front of the judges.

Finally, the big girls made it to the top three spot.

“The great thing about the contest is that all children went home with something - a certificate and a medal. The top three big girls lifted the number one, two and three trophies,” said Ziyanda.

She said it was a moment in the life of these children where one big lesson could only be - being prepared, (and being composed under pressure..

The Master of Ceremonies appealed to the parents to assist their children in learning.

Young Minds is looking forward to hosting their second Annual Spelling Bee competition in 2018; and you know what - the boys can’t wait.

To find out more about Young Minds follow them on their Facebook page : @KasiReading or twitter @YoungMinds_org


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