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Bear with me, I’m new to this site and these answers are probably already listed. My dc are 8, 6, and 3. The past year, I have taken out workbooks and used the living books, and began following recommendations by Charlotte Mason because it just seems to make sense. However, I get confused on the dictation and copywork. We generally do our copywork as our scripture memory each day. I figure if they write it, they are more likely to remember it. I can also see doing poems as copywork. However, dictation gives me problems. If I’m not mistaken, this is where the children begin the foundation of grammar and spelling. But when you are writing poems, they are not punctuated like a normal sentence in a book. Also, I’ve seen where others do dictation out of the Bible. Maybe it is because we use KJV, but there is no way I could do the same punctuation as the Bible. Is there a particular book that you use for dictations, or maybe thought provoking quotes that you use? My dd 8 is ready for this, but I’m having trouble giving her something to write.Thanks for any help wth this.missceegeeParticipant
Take a look at the Spelling Wisdom books in the SCM bookstore. Sounds like what you’re wanting.TailorMadeParticipant
There are some helpful SCM posts and I believe YouTube videos, but this particular link helped me most. Hope it helps you, too.
Not sure how to find a shorter link for it, so I hope it works. If not, search studied dictation through Google. The YouTube video is a mom and her son demo of the process.
Also just wanted to mention that dictation is generally started when a child is around 9 to 10 – your kids are a bit young.
We also do copywork from the literature books we are reading….Sonya ShaferModerator
This little article on Copywork, Transcription, and Dictation might also be helpful for seeing the natural progression through the three stages.
OK, I love all the links, helped me a lot. One more question if you do copywork do you continue handwriting or are they the same?Sonya ShaferModerator
The main goal of copywork is penmanship/handwriting. They are one in the same.
(And the main goal of prepared dictation is spelling.)
thank you that helps me a great deal.
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