Dictation is a wonderful tool for improving your childrens’ grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and listening skills! DICTATION DONE RIGHT for THIRD is designed to help your students get the most out of their first year of dictation.
Each week your children will independently complete three easy steps as they prepare to listen and write their dictation.
1. Dictation Worksheet: The dictation passage is presented on this sheet. Your children will read through it; highlight the capitals in one color and the punctuation in another; then consider which words are difficult to spell; circle those words and write them on the Words to Practice sheet.
**The weekly dictation passages are part of Sonlight Curriculum's Core D Language Arts program. They include scripture, poetry, quotes from famous early Americans, and short book passages.**
2. Words to Practice: This is a self-testing tri-fold that your children will use to practice spelling and note new punctuation rules. They will write all the difficult words on one side of the tri-fold. Then complete the pre-test by saying the words to themselves and trying to spell them. Any words that are not spelled correctly on the pre-test should be worked on during the week.
I have found MY SPELLING NOTEBOOK to be a wonderful tool to help children practice correct spelling. It is a phonemic spelling system that enables you to track and systematically correct their spelling struggles. You can use it with any spelling program, or simply with your child’s daily written work.
3. Punctuation Practice: Here your children will exercise their editing skills. The dictation passage is again presented, but without capitalization and punctuation. Your children will insert all the capitalization and punctuation (ending punctuation, commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, dashes, colons and semi-colons) that are missing. In addition to missing punctuation and capitalization, each passage contains six misspelled words that your children will find and correct. An answer key is provided.
Again, if your children do not correct the spelling accurately, note the words in their MY SPELLING NOTEBOOK to ensure they practice/master them.
When your children have completed the Punctuation Practice sheet they will check their work with the Dictation Worksheet.
**BONUS**: There are 32 Punctuation Rule Cards included in this pack. They will help your children understand how and when to capitalize and punctuate each passage.
Now your children are ready to listen to the dictation as you read it and write the passage... DICTATION DONE RIGHT!
**There is no affiliation between Sonlight Curriculum and PreparilliPress.**
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Before becoming a homeschooling mom, I received my Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida. After graduating, I had a career as a base planner for the United States Air Force. While working at the USAF Academy, I met my pilot-husband and began travelling the US and growing our family. Since 2005, I have homeschooled our seven children in South Carolina, Washington, New Jersey, Illinois, and now, Alaska! I love being a part of my children's education. We have four boys, three girls and lots of learning styles. Every year brings new learning adventures and challenges--and I look forward to sharing them with you.