Welcome! This is your formal invitation to help your members join schools and home schooling families all over the country in an exciting and inspiring academic competition – The 2016-2017 National History Bee!
Why a History Bee?
Ever notice how even kids who are normally couch potatoes will be willing, even eager, to train for a competitive sport like football? The chance of measuring their strength, skill and ability against that of their peers is always an effective motivator for youngsters. Just consider the popularity of recitals for young musicians and dancers, intramural sports and honor rolls. Now the National History Bee offers a goal that students can achieve by studying and understanding the history of the United States and other countries. It’s an exciting way to motivate an enthusiastic interest in one of the most important areas of study. And all home schooled students can participate FREE of charge.
Here’s just one example of a real life success story.
We recently heard from a parent whose son participated in the National History Bee in Nebraska a few years back. Like most home school parents, she wanted him not only to do well, but also to enjoy the process of learning. History lessons however, seemed to present a special challenge. Although she tried hard to make them interesting, her seventh grade son often found it hard to stay focused and interested. Fortunately, his participation in the National History Bee changed all that. Because he wanted to do well in the competition, he was willing and eventually, even eager, to dive deeper into his studies. He started trying to anticipate the questions that would be asked based on the material he was learning. Because the competition provided relevance to what, in his eyes, was boring information, it provoked his curiosity and sense of enjoyment about his studies in a way he hadn’t experienced before. This young scholar is now in 9th grade and already preparing to take the AP US History Exam during his sophomore year.
The National History Bee reflects what students are currently studying.
The questions are based on the fifth through eighth grade social studies curricula used by schools around the country. All of the questions are written and edited by history teachers, professors and other social studies educators and deal with topics and information students are currently covering in their class work.
Here’s how the competition works:
• Students take an Online Exam supervised by their parents
All participants in the National History Bee must take an Online Qualifying Exam. This is the same
test that children take in the classroom and can be prepared for with study guides and practice tests
ordered through our website www.aceqb.com/historybee
• Top Students Participate in One of 39 Regional Finals Around the Country
These face-to-face events give students the chance to meet, compete and network with each other.
• Regional Winners Compete for the Championship in the National Finals
The winners meet to compete for the 2016-2017National History Bee Championship.
The National History Bee makes it as easy as possible for students to participate whether they attend a traditional school or are taught at home. We’re sure that your members will find this event well worth their time and effort. Not only does it help empower individual students, it also expands the ways your member families can connect with a wider educational community. And remember, home schooled applicants can register for FREE!
Help us demonstrate how competitive home schooled children can be.
We hope you’ll encourage your members to visit www.aceqb.com/historybee to find out more about this program now. Registration begins NOW and ends on December 18, 2016. They can register online anytime during that period. Of course, the sooner they register, the sooner their children can start preparing to compete for the 2016-2017 National History Bee Championship! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (850-888-8223) or by email at email@example.com.
Thank you for helping us make the National History Bee accessible to home schooled scholars. We know that your organization, members and indeed, the whole community, will find it a worthwhile endeavor.
Eric Huff, M.Ed.
Academic Competition Enterprises (ACE)