UCHU is going to hold our first ever Geography Bee! We are currently waiting on our group application to be processed.
This bee is for Spartanburg County homeschooling residents. There is another Geography Bee set up in Greenville county.
This is a great opportunity for your child (4th-8th graders*) to be involved in geography. Home school groups and school groups across the nation have their annual bees by early February so as to have their regional winners (pass a written test) and attend a state competition each spring (March). The winners from each state go to the National Competition in DC in May, which is hosted by Alex Trebek.
From the website:
*Registration is open to schools with students in grades four through eight. Participating students must not reach their 15th birthday before September 1, 2014. A student is eligible to participate in the Bee for a period of five years only. A student may not be enrolled in more than three academic courses at the high school and/or college level during the school year. We reserve the right to disqualify a student if the rules have not been followed.
UCHU will hold our bee sometime in January and we will have practices hopefully 3 times before: October, November, and December. Locations and dates TBA. Practices are optional but strongly encouraged as we will be using questions from past years’ bees. There is no limit on how many children can be in the be, but we must have a minimum of six. There will be a small fee to participate since there is a cost to register our group.
Here is a link to the National Geographic Website which gives study tips and links to a daily quiz. There’s lots of good information to get going on this link. The daily quiz (<<<CLICK TO BE ROUTED TO<<) is a great way to learn what is going to be covered on the bee.
The bee is broken up into parts (multiple choice between 2 answers on US Geography and then World Geography). As it advances the rounds get a little harder and become short answer. There is all kinds of information on the website for study helps and study guides. Here is a link for Frequently Asked Questions about the National Geographic Bee. (<<Click on the link)
Our family has participated in these bees since 2008 and they are fun. In 2012 our 8th grader won the local competition (the only one at that time in the upstate was in Greenville), passed the written exam for the state competition in Columbia (101 students) and ended in the top 5 for SC.
Offering a local bee through UCHU gives more students the option of participating since the closest home school group bee at this time is in Greenville. Please consider signing up for and joining our geography bee.
Just found some sample questions on the National Geographic Website that explain how you would use clues in the questions to answer questions. Look over these questions to get an idea of what is on the bee and how to figure out answers to a question you may not know. Sample Questions. (<<<<Click on the link)
Further detailed information is forth coming. 🙂
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.