5-Year-Old Girl, Youngest to Make National Spelling Bee
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Schoolchildren across the United States have been taking part in local and state spelling competitions. These competitions are called spelling bees. The young competitors spell words that even some adults may never have heard of.
More than 280 local winners will earn the right to compete in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. The event will take place from May 28 to June 3 near Washington, D.C., at the National Harbor in Maryland.
Most competitors in the National Spelling Bee are between the ages of 12 and 14.
But this year, one competitor will be less than half that age -- five-year-old Edith Fuller.
Last weekend, she won an area spelling bee in her home state of Oklahoma. The five-hour competition lasted 37 rounds. Edith correctly spelled words like sevruga (a kind of Russian caviar); jacamar (a kind of bird); and Nisei (a child of Japanese immigrants).
Her winning word? Jnana, a sanskrit word that is related to having a higher level of knowledge.
Remember, Edith is five.
She is the youngest person ever to qualify for the National Spelling Bee.
Not so long ago, when she was just four, Edith surprised her parents when she was able to spell the word "restaurant." At that moment, her mom and dad realized their child might have a mental gift.
Her mother told the Tulsa-World newspaper this week, "We knew there was something special there."
Edith is homeschooled. So, her parents are able to spend a little more time teaching her to spell.
Her mom says learning new words is fun for Edith. She told Tulsa-World that studying for the spelling bee helped Edith "learn about different countries and cultures and different kinds of food."
About two percent of U.S children are homeschooled. Yet, homeschooled kids usually make up 8 to 10 percent of those who make it to the National Spelling Bee.
Her father spoke with Tulsa's KJRH's TV about the benefits of homeschooling Edith. "We have the freedom to answer her questions, to help her advance at her own pace," he said.
Now, the Fullers must prepare young Edith for the national bee. But no matter how she does there, Edith is already being called a "spellebrity."
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近期，美国各地学生在参加地方和州级的拼写大赛 。这些比赛名为spelling bees 。年少的选手们甚至可以拼写出一些成年人没听过的单词 。
280多名地方优胜者将获得本年度斯克里普斯全国拼写大赛（Scripps National Spelling Bee）的参赛资格 。该项比赛将于5月28日至6月3日在华盛顿特区附近的马里兰州国家海港举行 。
不过今年有位选手的年龄还不到平均年龄的一半，那就是5岁伊迪丝·富勒(Edith Fuller) 。
上周，她在俄克拉荷马州赢得了地方拼写大赛冠军 。这场长达5个小时的比赛进行了37个回合 。伊迪丝准确拼写出了sevruga(俄罗斯鱼子酱)、javamar(鸟类)和Nisei(日本移民之子)等单词 。
前不久，4岁的伊迪丝准确地拼写出restaurant（餐厅）单词时，父母大吃一惊 。她的父母这才意识到孩子在这方面可能天赋异禀 。
伊迪丝接受的是家庭教育 。因此，父母有更多的时间教她拼写 。
伊迪丝的妈妈表示，伊迪丝觉得学习新词汇非常有趣 。她告诉《塔尔萨世界报》，准备拼写大赛帮助伊迪丝“涉猎不同的国家和文化，还有各色美食 。”
美国约2%的儿童在家接受教育 。然而，这类孩子在全国拼写大赛选手中占8%到10% 。
她的父亲接受塔尔萨市的KJRH's电视台采访时提及对伊迪丝进行家庭教育的好处 。“我们能够自由地回答她的任何问题，让她按照自己的步伐前行 。”
现在，富勒一家需要帮助年幼的伊迪丝为全国拼写大赛作准备 。无论届时的成绩如何，伊迪丝已经稳坐“拼写达人”的宝座 。