Topic | Confusion on Dictation vs. Copy Work for Spelling

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  • Rose

    I’ve just been so confused.  I’m just now coming back to the CM method.

    Are dictation passages different from what’s used as copy work?  Can they be combined so that the student is getting amply spelling practice before doing dictation?

    I know there is spelling wisdom but for copy work should I use a different resource?  Are there any free resources online?

    Sorry for so many questions, but also, can I just use any passages (from living books) for dictation and my child still learn to spell?  He just turned 10.


    Have you read this blog yet?

    As you read it there is a link to the prepared dictation video that also might be helpful.


    We use the same passage for copy work that we use for dictation later in the week. It looks different depending on students ability, as to how long the passage is, but over all they copy it through the week, and then on Friday they are ready for me to dictate it to them.

    It is a process from copy work to transcription to dictation. I tried to skip a head to dictation before one of my students was ready and it was a fail. I slowed down and waited until he was ready, when his transcription abilities improved, and dictation went much smoother. Don’t feel rushed ahead, teach your student where he is at 🙂


    We use SW for copywork (transcription) with practice spelling 3 – 5 words from the passage.  If there are more or less words, you need to adjust their level.  The next day, they study again and then we do dictation on that passage.  In earlier grades, they spent two days copying and studying before dictation.  I didn’t start dictation until 5th or 6th grade, because that was when they were ready.


    Thank you both.  This is invaluable to me, esp. the advice of not moving on until they are ready.

    Tamara Bell

    With the introduction of studied dictation in 4th grade, Charlotte moved away from copywork and introduced the Book of Mottoes.  I loved the idea so much that I keep my own Book of Mottoes.

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