I’m trying to master dictation from the teaching side and I have a couple of questions for all of you. Is it okay to repeat a line once you’ve read it to the child? Does the child have to repeat the line back to you or can they just write it down? We’re switching back from dictation with HOD to Spelling Wisdom and it seems like the rules are different. With HOD I thought the rule was no repeating from the parent and you were supposed to read the whole passage, not just sentences….? Then I watched the SCM seminar and I thought Sonya was saying it was fine to go slower and do a sentence or less at a time so the child could keep up? I don’t want my daughter stressing over memorizing her dictation passages which seems to be happening right now. I just need to know how Charlotte actually expected this to be implemented….Thanks!suzukimomParticipant
Well, I’m going by what Sonya has said – which is reading the dictation slowly, with pauses – watching that the child has a chance to write it. But you aren’t repeating the line. So the child wouldn’t have to memorize the passage (which as you get into later spelling wisdom books, they get pretty long!)BookwormParticipant
Don’t repeat the dictation, but DO use sensible phrase lengths. I use natural phrase cues when possible, but if necessary to make it an amount they can remember I shorten that a little (some of those passages have pretty long phrases!) So I often pause at a comma or a period if possible, if not at a logical place in the line. This helps the student, AND me, as I am often doing something else while waiting for the child to tell me he is ready to go on.CarynParticipant
Thanks so much!AngieGParticipant
So, if we don’t repeat then does that mean they will have to try to do that dictation another day? I mean, if they weren’t listening closely enough to know what to write?
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