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