Dictation & Dry Erase

Early Elementary Dictation

What does early dictation look like?  Here is a snapshot of where we are right now with my youngest kids.

We practice dictation 3 days a week, usually M/W/F.  I work with each child to choose a sentence from a book they are currently reading, usually from the most recent chapter.  They have a moment to study it, then we dictate.  The kids love using dry erase for this.  I don’t know why.  But it works!

Step 1:  Dictate the sentence.  After they complete their best work, I give them the book to proofread the sentence.  We talk about errors.  In the picture below (8 year old boy), we discussed the use of capital letters.

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Step 2: Quick grammar lesson.  We start with “circle the nouns” and move through the parts of speech slowly, over a year or two, depending on aptitude.  The picture below is my 10 year old daughter.  She can identify all 8 parts of speech, with the exception of some tricky adverbs.  However, her handwriting skills have been slow to develop, so she is still doing very short sentences.

I keep Grammar Concept checklists for each child to remind me which concepts they might need to learn next.  I will often guide them to a sentence that suits me.

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If you don’t like the idea of choosing sentences from a book, I have some links to sentences on my main Dictation page.

 

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