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We rented Akeelah and the Bee the other day and the kids loved it — we did, too. For the past week, our family game has been Spelling Bee. At dinner time, breakfast, in the car, you name it; the kids take turns spelling the words we give them. We make a bell sound (as in the movie) when they get a word wrong, and give them the correct spelling, along with any other information we have about it.

For example, this morning B spelled Table “T-A-B-O-L.” We explained that the spelling was from the French (which is cool, ’cause Mommy is French), and gave the correct spelling. This evolved into a discussion about how M used to make the same mistake, and she was abol able to share that with her little brother. I was one proud Mama. :-)