We are a year or two away from using SW, but I've been looking at the sample. Do you have your child write the entire passage for dictation, or just the portion containing the spelling words you are working on? How do you handle misspellings of other words in the passage (not the chosen words for the week)?
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Others may have a different process, but we don't have a spelling list or chosen words for the week. DD just studies, memorizes and write the passage. Then we move onto the next one. It is working great for her and her spelling has improved greatly since we started Spelling Wisdom last year!
I can tell you how we use it, but others will have ideas for you too. We have done the studied dictation, but my kids seemed to do better in the long run if we copy it first.
So - we have a spiral notebook: On the left side page they copy the lesson carefully and neatly. Underneath that they write new/unfamiliar words they don't know how to spell from that SW lesson. We also go over some punctuation issues as necessary. They spend time going over their unfamiliar words, trying to picture it in their minds.
The next day, on the right side page they do the dictation of that same passage. (So one lesson is one double-page spread). And since it is a spiral notebook, they can fold the book backwards so that they cannot see their copywork when we do the dictation.
Hope that helps.
We PREPARE the entire dictation. We use similar methods to Tanya; we also discuss word origins and meaning; we visually learn the spelling; we discuss punctuation and other grammatical issues in the package. Sometimes I give the whole passage, sometimes a part, and every great once in a while I spot-test just a few words or phrases if we are really short on time. All the words in the passage are fair game for the dictation. If there are so many words the child cannot spell that he cannot learn them in, say, 3-5 days, your passage is too difficult and you may need easier passages.
In our house, the whole point is that they learn all the words in the passage by memorizing it through copywork, picking out the words they are uncomfortable with and practicing those. Once they are feel that they are ready, we do dictation. Mine are to remember the puncuation and capitols as well. When they get a word wrong, we re-write it correctly and re-do the passage after additional study, b/c I have one dd with APD, so it takes some repetition. If she is getting frustrated we either look in the index for another passage containing the word, or find one in our readings. The neat thing is that I reall hardly ever have to even look for an additional practice because we don't dictate until we feel ready, usually after a week, sometimes two depending on the passage.
I don't know if you have seen these links:
This is a video of Sonya explaining it better than we can LOL -
The whole passage is our spelling "list". At the beginning of the week, we go over the passage underline and talk about the words they don't feel comfortable with. Then we pay special attention to punctuation. They copy the passage that day and the next. On the third day I dictate the passage. They are expected to get the whole passage correct; spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc...
Ya know, I've been reading about SW for months now. I am implementing some if the ideas from our literature. But, the thought just occurred to me that these methods could/should be used in our foreign language studies. Had to share the thought in case it helps someone else. We will study French. We have no one to speak to in real life, but I was fairly fluent years ago and hope to become the French speaking visitor with whom our children can practice. So, I'm gathering ideas to stretch myself and our children. Thanks for triggering my brain today. ;0)
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