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Homeschooler Wins 2011 Cape Breton Regional Spelling Bee!

Today, February 12th, the 2011 Cape Breton Regional Spelling Bee was held at Cape Breton University in Sydney.  Three homeschoolers participated (one was my son).  Homeschooler Paryse Broussard of Port Hawkesbury was the winner.  Congratulations to Paryse and her family!  (You may remember Paryse’s sister, Claudine, who won both the 2009 and 2010 Regional Spelling Bees).  Paryse will go on to compete in the Postmedia Canspell National Spelling Bee in Toronto on March 27th.   21 finalists from across Canada will compete there for the Canspell Cup, $15,000 in education awards and the chance to go on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in June.  You will be able to watch at home on CBC TV!

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Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.

8 thoughts on “Homeschooler Wins 2011 Cape Breton Regional Spelling Bee!

  1. Thank you so much, Kimberly! This was a sweet picture! It was really nice seeing you and your family again at the bee! It is always supportive to see other home schoolers! Thanks for the blog!

  2. FANTASTIC! So good to hear this news. It encourages h/sers across the country that we are on the right track. The Newfoundland Homeschoolers congratulate Paryse, as well as your son and the other h/s participant. Keep up the good work.

  3. I once knew a Claude Broussard in Nova Scotia… wouldn’t it be funny if this was his family…

    You may have also heard of Veronica Penny, she’s a frequent spelling bee champ from Ontario — I knew her whole family when I lived there, they’re all champion-level spellers but Veronica takes it to the next level (literally!), she’s made it to the Scripps in the US too.

      1. Haha — Hi Claude! Funny enough, I never checked back on this post and never saw your reply until today, a year later, when I navigated here following links about your son’s victory. I did learn along the way that it was your family indeed. Small world.

        My maiden name is Fyffe, I honestly don’t even know if you’d remember me. We met at a church retreat, I think it was for all of Nova Scotia, probably in 1993. I thought you were gorgeous and smart and sweet, and I thought we hit it off. When I got up the nerve to phone you, maybe a month or so later, your girlfriend answered the phone. So much for that idea! 😉

        Anyway, friends in common say you’re a wonderful family, great people, etc etc. How fun to hear about your kids like this. 🙂

  4. I think the reason h/s students do so well is that they can spend “school” time practicing spelling whereas public/private school kids must study entirely on their spare time. Thoughts?

  5. MGA,
    Homeschoolers do practice in their spare time. But the beauty of homeschooling is that they often have more of it 🙂 Without 20 children to manage in a classroom, most homeschooling families find that getting homeschool done only takes a few hours a day. Homeschooling families often have more strict rules when it comes to “screen time” too, which gives children more time for reading and pursuing their interests and passions, including spelling 🙂

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