2) Depending on which child and their proficiency at writing, I will choose one to six (or so) lines with some noted punctuation.
3) Then I will have them study their work to see if there are any words they may have trouble with (ie. spelling). If there are any questionable words, I will write them on the dry erase board individually, and let them get a "snapshot" in their mind the way the word ought to look when spelled correctly.
4) Next I simply read aloud or "dictate" the selection and let them copy it down.
5) We go over the work together and if any words are misspelled I will immediately cover it with white out tape and have them "right the wrong" so that mental picture doesn't revert to the incorrect spelling.
And that's it!! In a nutshell ;)
Once a week for Dictation is plenty, along with copy work of their choosing. This makes for very efficient means of keeping up with spelling and learning proper grammar within a composition of sorts!!
How do you do dictation in your school, if at all!! Love to hear your ideas and what works for your children!
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