Friday 14 October 2011



My name is Susan Alberti and I am your state homeschool coordinator for spelling bees which are a part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee system. I, along with my fellow spelling bee coordinator, Jodi Irwin, will be taking over this responsibility following Elaine Brown’s resignation. We greatly appreciate the hard work that she has done over these many years to create a successful spelling bee program for homeschoolers. Our goal is to continue Elaine’s work to provide an opportunity for all Alabama homeschooled students to participate in the bees.

Homeschooled students go by the rules that apply to all students including age and grade requirements. The rules of eligibility may be viewed by going to All students must also be registered with Scripps National Spelling Bee.

There are currently two ways to register:

1. A homeschool covering or association can register online at The $109.00 registration fee covers all families in the covering or association. When prompted to enter a school option, please click on “Homeschool Association” rather than “Private School”. The administrator of the covering or association will receive the word lists and be responsible for passing those on to the families.

2. If your covering or association has not registered with Scripps, your family may join another homeschool association, Learning at Home. Elaine Brown started this association several years ago, and I will now assume the responsibility for this association as the new administrator. The $10.00 registration fee to join Learning at Home covers all eligible children in your family. Learning at Home is already registered with Scripps for this year, so we are now ready to accept family registrations.
Remember: If your child is currently enrolled in a covering or association that has already registered with Scripps for this year, there is no need for you to join Learning at Home.

To join Learning at Home, please send a check for $10.00 (made out to Susan Alberti) to the following address:
Susan Alberti
39 Bayside Court
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Please include with your registration check, a 3x5 index card with the following information:
Your name
Children’s names ( only those eligible to participate in a bee)
Your address
Your telephone number, with area code
Your email address
Your covering name

All Learning at Home emails will now come directly from my address sriaaf©

Membership in Learning at Home entitles all of your dependent children who are eligible, to participate in a district bee. You will receive an email confirmation from me once I have received your registration fee and information card. You will then receive word study lists provided to me by Scripps. The deadline to join Learning at Home is December 1st, 2011.

Once your family is registered in one of the two ways mentioned above, please look for an upcoming email about what to expect next regarding district spelling bees. These should begin in early January, and our tentative date for the statewide “county bee” will be February 4, 2012.

Jodi and I are very excited about beginning this spelling bee season, and we certainly hope to have lots of participants. I have been involved with spelling bees for many years beginning with my fourth and fifth grade classes’ participation in public school and county bees in the state of Georgia. I believe serving in this capacity will be the most rewarding yet because I will be able to meet families across the state who share the love of spelling and look forward to the annual spelling bees as my family does. Jodi and I anticipate a wonderful year ahead, so let’s get ready to study!

Susan Alberti
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