Dd10 has been using SWR for the last three years. I would like to transition over to dictation for spelling now that she knows all the rules. Here is the problem. She test on a 7th – 8th grade spelling level but has really never done dictation. So where do I start her? Do I start where the words are on her level or with smaller dictation?
Also, when wwe do the dictation, especially the loner passages, do I repeat the entire passage? Is she expected to write the entire passage from one reading from me? Thanks for any help!!
If you go to the blog section and even the bookstore section here at the SCM site, there is a fantastic video of Sonya showing exactly how “studied dictation” with Spelling Wisdom works. I wish I knew how to link for you, but it’s really easy to find. Made the dictation implementation super clear for me.
Where you start in Spelling Wisdom will depend on your child. What we recommend is that you use the free sample to try some lessons from each book. The sample includes several lessons from the beginning, middle, and end of each book, so you have an idea of how difficult the book will be. Start by looking at the suggested grades for each book on the Spelling Wisdom page and have your children do the sample lessons that match their grade. If the lessons are too difficult, try the lessons from the next lowest level. If the lessons are too easy, then move to the next highest level.
Each book will last about two years when doing two lessons per week, as we recommend. That means your child will have two years to grow and learn between the beginning and ending lessons.
The idea behind determining if a lesson is too difficult is that after studying the passage, the student should be able to do the dictation exercise without any mistakes. You want no more than two or three words he doesn’t yet know how to spell or is unsure about in the lesson.