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Virginia girl, 6, youngest ever in U.S. spelling bee (home-schooled)
Yahoo ^ | 3/13/12 | Ian Simpson - Reuters

Posted on 03/13/2012 11:56:34 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 6-year-old U.S. girl will become the youngest contestant ever in the Scripps National Spelling Bee after winning a regional competition in Virginia.

Lori Anne Madison, of Woodbridge, Virginia, won the Prince William County spelling contest earlier this month, beating out 21 top elementary and middle school competitors. Her winning word: "vaquero," a word of Spanish origin meaning cowboy.

"My parents quiz me. I read lists and I have a really good memory," Madison, who is home-schooled, told Fox's WTTG-TV, a Washington-area station.

Madison was believed to be the youngest competitor ever, the Cincinnati-based National Spelling Bee said on Tuesday. Based on incomplete records, the previous youngest contestant was 8, it said.

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most kids are little mental magnets and then there are supermagnets .. wow.. 6?
1 posted on 03/13/2012 11:56:37 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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2 posted on 03/13/2012 11:59:29 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
I would say my granddaughter is a magnet. Probably not a super magnet. But at 18 months, she knows her ABC's, colors, shapes, can count to 10, and says more than 200 words and phrases. First grandchild, joy of our lives.

I actually hope she slows down a little bit. She's a little too intense for a child who hasn't had her second birthday.

3 posted on 03/13/2012 12:00:06 PM PDT by Trust but Verify (I am Andrew Breitbart)
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To: NormsRevenge

The idiot reporter on FOX this morning asked her if she “gets out” to play with other children.


4 posted on 03/13/2012 12:00:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Impressive. Most kids at age 6 have just learned their abc’s.


5 posted on 03/13/2012 12:00:52 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: NormsRevenge

She can’t tie her shoes or add 3+4, but she sure can spell! (I kid, of course, but it has been shown that a lot of these spelling bee whiz kids focus and inordinate amount of time on spelling.)

By the way, I was a 4th grade state spelling bee champion. And didn’t study a lick.


6 posted on 03/13/2012 12:01:06 PM PDT by whattajoke (Let's keep Conservatism real.)
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To: Trust but Verify
But at 18 months, she knows her ABC's, colors, shapes, can count to 10, and says more than 200 words and phrases.

Yeah, but I bet she can't solve differential equations like my 18 month-old can. ;)

7 posted on 03/13/2012 12:01:29 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Trust but Verify

I have one that is “the high note on the violin” as well...


8 posted on 03/13/2012 12:01:57 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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Fox news video

9 posted on 03/13/2012 12:01:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Oh oh. Wouldn’t this be grounds for the state to remove her from her home under hussein? I’m sure there are a load of pre-k kids families who are greatly offended that this little girl has not been dumbed down.


10 posted on 03/13/2012 12:03:30 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s really awesome. I think some people really are just good spellers, naturally (not negating anything that helped, she clearly has parents who do everything right). I bet she is very verbal and reads etc. I was also an early reader and just generally “knew” how to spell words correctly. Never could understand people who didn’t get it, altho, interestingly I seem to have lost some of it with age (or maybe it’s the internet—I’ll blame that).


11 posted on 03/13/2012 12:03:49 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: cripplecreek

Lol! Are you serious? She should have said no but I can spell children. :)


12 posted on 03/13/2012 12:04:00 PM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: NormsRevenge

Some government idiot will say she had an unfair advantage by being home schooled.


13 posted on 03/13/2012 12:05:24 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse)
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To: cripplecreek

Why do people always assume bright kids don’t have social skills? Most of the very smart kids I’ve known have been well rounded (with a few exceptions).


14 posted on 03/13/2012 12:05:56 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: whattajoke

That’s wonderful! I wish I had known about things like that. I don’t remember even hearing about any sort of organized spelling bees growing up. I’m sure they must have had them, but we moved a lot. But wow, that’s really a cool thing. BTW I saw the Frasier last night where his son Frederick was in the spelling B. Very funny stuff. :)


15 posted on 03/13/2012 12:08:28 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: NormsRevenge

March 13, 2048
Free Republic International News
Piper Palin Reporting:

In other news today, President Lori Anne Madison, of Woodbridge, Virginia, announced further and ongoing cuts in the size of the federal government, reducing it to 1/9 the size of that at its peak under the illegal Administration of the late President Hussein Obama of Kenya.


16 posted on 03/13/2012 12:13:36 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: dfwgator
"But at 18 months, she knows her ABC's, colors, shapes, can count to 10, and says more than 200 words and phrases."

Yeah, but I bet she can't solve differential equations like my 18 month-old can. ;)

Well, my son just turned four and went today for his first visit to a dentist. No cavities!

17 posted on 03/13/2012 12:13:41 PM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: brytlea

I never watch that show but I was up late waiting for my husband to get home from a trip and listened in while I was folding laundry. It was SO funny at the end when they wouldn’t give into the bully’s taunts until the dad said that Frasier’s son would probably end up at a state school. Then Frasier’s brother? maybe said “How dare you?”
I laughed so hard I thought I would wake the kids. Lol!


18 posted on 03/13/2012 12:13:50 PM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: NormsRevenge

Well what do you know, good parents are good parents. One of my nephews was like that, but then he was disadvantaged and went to public school.


19 posted on 03/13/2012 12:17:10 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: NormsRevenge

A leader of a teacher’s union said “This can’t be true. Homeschoolers are dumb. D-U-M dumb!”


20 posted on 03/13/2012 12:17:30 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: dfwgator

“But at 18 months, she knows her ABC’s, colors, shapes, can count to 10, and says more than 200 words and phrases.

Yeah, but I bet she can’t solve differential equations like my 18 month-old can. ;)”

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At 53, I can find my ass with both hands.


21 posted on 03/13/2012 12:22:17 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: NormsRevenge

I understand she’s only 6, but she won her State competition spelling “vaquero”? A couple of years ago S. Carolina sent a State champion who could spell “cavalry”. I wasn’t impressed by either one! My niece won last week the SC Independent School Association State competition by spelling “pfeffernusse”. Oh well, that’s the difference between public and private schools!


22 posted on 03/13/2012 12:24:55 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus

I think you missed the part that said the 6 yr. old was home schooled..........


23 posted on 03/13/2012 12:27:10 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Not a product of the government schools? I suppose there wasn’t enough time for spelling lessons between the global warming films and sex ed.

Home schooling BUMP.


24 posted on 03/13/2012 12:29:36 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: whattajoke
(I kid, of course, but it has been shown that a lot of these spelling bee whiz kids focus and inordinate amount of time on spelling.)

I'd be interested in any links, articles, studies....

Thanks-

25 posted on 03/13/2012 12:29:57 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: NormsRevenge
Big Deal! Now, this is impressive. ;^)
26 posted on 03/13/2012 12:38:48 PM PDT by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: Osage Orange

I sure did! And you missed the part that it was middle school level, same level my niece won.


27 posted on 03/13/2012 12:40:22 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus
I miss little....

It's a curse...

28 posted on 03/13/2012 12:48:37 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: Trust but Verify

I have an 18 year old that started out this way. We knew we were in trouble when at 14 months he pointed to some letter blocks and said “No” (the word he heard most often;-) and of course that is what the blocks spelled. School was pretty easy for him, though he wasn’t winning spelling B’s at age 6! He is a great young man who is in his first year at college (University of Oklahoma) where he got a National Merit Scholarship.

I’m proud as can be of him, as I know you are of your grandchild. They can be a handful as they are growing - but they will often come out of left field with ideas that you never even considered. It’ll help keep you young!


29 posted on 03/13/2012 12:58:11 PM PDT by fremont_steve
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To: NormsRevenge
"My parents quiz me. I read lists and I have a really good memory," Madison, who is home-schooled,

yes, but does she know Homosexual History and how to use a condom?? /s

30 posted on 03/13/2012 12:59:13 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: brytlea

The bright kids have enough social skills to realize the pop culture is nothing but dog poop and thus ignore the sheeple.
‘Vaquero’...that’s my girl!


31 posted on 03/13/2012 1:01:54 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: EyeGuy

Love it! :-)


32 posted on 03/13/2012 1:07:04 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: trailhkr1; wintertime

“Impressive. Most kids at age 6 have just learned their abc’s.”

...and most parents let the public education system determine the learning schedule for their kids.

However, some of us don’t (hi W-time). Some of us know that kids can learn MUCH, MUCH, earlier than the schedule that they are given by the NEA. And, in fact, it’s actually EASY to make just about any normal kid look like a genius, simply by ignoring the NEA’s schedule and pushing junior a bit harder (i.e., taking control of junior’s early education).

One of the few good things to come out of the disaster that is American Education is the opportunity for just about any parent and any kid to look like a genius, simply because the ‘mainstream’ kids are years behind where they used to be and where most of the world is now. In other words, take an American ‘genius’ that is several years ahead of his grade level in math and reading, put him in Singapore or Russia, or China, and he will be lucky if he is even an ‘average’ kid there.


33 posted on 03/13/2012 1:08:41 PM PDT by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: NormsRevenge

I saw that interview this morning with this girl. It was really quite amazing. She had exceptional poise and confidence in front of the camera. There are teenagers (and adults, I’m sorry to say) that don’t have her vocabulary and command of the language. For a six year old, it’s really something.

A very remarkable little lady. She’s going to be somebody important some day.


34 posted on 03/13/2012 1:16:31 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: NormsRevenge

She is cute as a button.


35 posted on 03/13/2012 1:45:31 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Yeah, I have to say, Niles (Frasier’s brother) is my favorite character.


36 posted on 03/13/2012 1:53:11 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: NormsRevenge

How ironic that one of the newscasters at the end of the video seemed to confuse “etymology” with “entomology”. Is he not smarther than a six-year-old?


37 posted on 03/13/2012 2:26:18 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: cripplecreek
Wish she had said, "NO, I don't have time to waste on Bill Maher."

Maher said home schooled are ignorant?

38 posted on 03/13/2012 2:29:39 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: NormsRevenge

Home schooled...really?
I thought they were in a madrass, being inculcated with evangelical, extremist, right-wing, radical ideology...
(do I really need to put a /s on this?)


39 posted on 03/13/2012 3:00:16 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: metmom

ping


40 posted on 03/13/2012 4:06:53 PM PDT by DoctorBulldog (Obama Sucks!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; adopt4Christ; ...

HOMESCHOOL PING

This ping list is for articles of interest to homeschoolers. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping List. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added or removed from either list, or both.

The keyword for the FREE REPUBLIC HOMESCHOOLERS’ FORUM is frhf.

41 posted on 03/13/2012 4:13:38 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: brytlea
I was also an early reader and just generally “knew” how to spell words

Yeah, for me it was the reading, too. In fact, I can't think how it could be any different. I think the constant exposure to written words is crucial. The kids who didn't "get" spelling probably didn't read much, either (or, at least, not as much as we did.)

42 posted on 03/13/2012 4:13:43 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: dfwgator
Yeah, but I bet she can't solve differential equations like my 18 month-old can. ;)

Your baby was definitely good at those but he had a problem with the string theory my 12 month old was trying to teach him........... :)

43 posted on 03/13/2012 4:17:29 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: Ramius
I saw that interview this morning with this girl. It was really quite amazing. She had exceptional poise and confidence in front of the camera. There are teenagers (and adults, I’m sorry to say) that don’t have her vocabulary and command of the language. For a six year old, it’s really something.

That's what happens when you don't talk baby talk to your kids. Just talk to them as if they were adults and stretch them, and they will learn.

44 posted on 03/13/2012 4:21:35 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: NormsRevenge
None of my friends were ever were interested in just the simple classroom Spelling Bee. Until one day in 6th grade the teacher said “first place is a six-pack of Pepsi, 2nd a large bag of Doritos, and third a bag of Hershey's kisses”. All of a sudden we could spell! We had a party that afternoon! The three of us that came from big families hardly ever had soda or an entire bag of Doritos!
45 posted on 03/13/2012 4:58:22 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

“No, but I can see them from my house.”


46 posted on 03/13/2012 5:00:27 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

What?! You subjected your kid to a CAVITY SEARCH???!


47 posted on 03/13/2012 5:02:26 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

LOL!


48 posted on 03/13/2012 5:05:55 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Trust but Verify

Big deal!:) When one of my sons was about 2, I could hold up a Matchbox NASCAR car and he could look at it and tell me the name of the driver. I’ve got a videa somewhere of him naming about 20 in a row.

At the end, my Mother in Law is heard to say “But can he count to ten?” at which point I said “who cares.”


49 posted on 03/13/2012 6:25:27 PM PDT by cyclotic (People who live within their means are increasingly being forced to pay for people who didn't.)
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To: metmom

Save the country, Home school your kids.


50 posted on 03/13/2012 7:48:15 PM PDT by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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