Quiz: Can you spell better than a 10-year-old?
The South African Spelling Bee competition will be hosted on 1 October 2016. Can you identify the correct spelling of these words our bright 10- to 12-year-olds have to learn?

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When you're done, send this story to your own children and see how well they do. Then go to the library and get a deliciously big stack of books for everyone in the family to dig into – a fun way to improve your spelling!

For the printable of all 1,212 words on this year's list, visit the Department of Basic Education's website.

How is your spelling? And how did your children fare? Do you think it's important to be able to spell well? Send your comments to chatback@parent24.com.

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