I am so glad to be back doing my third guest post on Teachers of Good Things!
I don’t exactly remember when I started doing dictation, but probably around the seventh grade. I remember having to sit down and listen to what my mom said, and then quickly writing it down, with the correct capitalization and punctuation. I know I would have failed terribly my first time doing dictation, if it wasn’t for doing it the Charlotte Mason way.
The Charlotte Mason method of dictation was giving the student the time to study the reference. The student was given the reference at the beginning of the week, and they were to pay close attention to the spelling and the punctuations, and then on Friday, they are tested.
I would do that process, but I usually had the thing memorized before Friday, not that I didn’t make mistakes, because I did. I didn’t get 100% every week, but close to it.
Once your child is advanced enough in dictation that it isn’t difficult for him, you can read them a reference, without letting them look at, or examine the piece and see how well he does! I’m not remembering if I did this, because it has been quite a while, but I’m sure the students in the upper grades would appreciate it more.
I found that dictation helps encourage and establish the ability to listen to something and rewrite it word-for-word, with correct punctuation and grammar…in other words…note-taking.
I used to stink at note-taking. In fact, when I was supposed to note-take, I didn’t because I wasn’t able to listen and write down something interesting, and continue to listen to what the speaker was still saying. It aggravated me so much! So, after a while, I just decided I didn’t need to take notes. I was better at listening and remembering what was being said, than when I wrote down what I wanted to remember.
Once I started doing dictation, I began to realize that I could actually write what was being said, and still listen! (Okay, I still can’t listen to everything being said when I write, but I am much better than I was before!)
Dictation can be done for ALL grades; first grade all the way through the senior year of High school. It can start as simple as: ‘Jack jumped’, and progress to something the length of a paragraph!
My dictation was usually a quote from a historical figure. (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, etc.). That was like dictation and spelling combined in one!
What do you like about dictation?
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Cassondra Freeman is a homeschool graduate, who loves reading, writing, music, photography and spending time with her family. While waiting for her dream of being a wife and a stay-at-home mother to become a reality, she is sharing her passions on her blogs, Beyond the Cover, where you will find wholesome book list for all ages, holiday activities and other passions of her life and Unassuming Designs, where you will find tips to making a great blog design and ways she can help humble bloggers build unique blogs that their readers will love.