Thank you so much ladies. This conversation was really helpful. I had another thought to add too-
In college students will typically listen to a lecture and take notes that will form the basis of their course (along with their readings) … that’s essentially dictation. I know you may summarize and put things in to your own words during note taking but in some instances you’ll be taking down exactly what’s said by the professor. Either way the attentiveness to detail and ability to listen well will be essential.
I just need to make this a part of our routines and create a habit for us. In the past I’ve tried to poke dictation in instead of making it a part of the whole week and that’s what felt awkward. If I can incorporate it daily, I think both my kids will be much less reluctant.
A focus on time management and independent work are where we are now so I think for me an assigned passage Monday that is copied/studied for a few days in a distinct notebook and then doing dictation of the passage on Friday would work well. We need it to be essentially prepared on their own, but I don’t think that would be a problem? I’d look over the daily study of it of course.