From what age is it advisable for children to start dictating? What are the benefits of these review exercises? How can we adapt the texts to the age of each child? If you are also looking for and capturing useful answers about dictations, we have to tell you that you have reached the right place. Keep reading and you will leave doubts. We started!
Each child has their own learning pace, but to cite a general age we can say that At 6 years old, which is when they begin the first year of primary school. Before that age, boys and girls make a first contact with literacy that goes beyond being the listeners of the stories, however, they should not be urged to do these exercises ahead of time.
As the little ones start in nursery school, from three to six years old, they will write short words such as their names, vowels, some consonants and the numbers from 1 to 10. It is ideal for them, since they become aware of writing and learn to use the pencil in the right way. If they begin to do dictations in children it can have a rebound effect, that is, that the child see it as a tedious activity and end up hating it. Think that they are not ready yet for certain tasks.
Around 6 years of age, we have already said before that each student has their own rhythm, dictation exercises can be done not very long, reading slowly so that they can write it well and emphasizing the words that are most difficult for them. At the end of the exercise, it must be corrected with them in front. Do not forget to use the green pen to mark everything that they have written well. Positive reinforcement is the best there is!
We have said it on other occasions, but it does not hurt to do a little review, right? Doing a dictation a day that is not very long and with a theme that is enjoyable for children has the main advantages ...
1. Improved memory, attention, concentration and reading comprehension.
2. Boys and girls gain knowledge of spelling rules.
3. In turn, learn grammar rules and punctuation marks.
4. Distinguish between verse and prose and know the characteristics of each.
5. It is an ideal exercise to do at school or at home as a reinforcement of what was seen in class.
6. Students develop imagination, (even more if possible).
7. These exercises help to improve language and to have beautiful and elaborate handwriting.
8. They improve listening comprehension by trying to capture what they are hearing on the sheet.
9. The fine motor skills It is reinforced, perfect for those who are 6 years old and just starting to use the pencil as a daily tool.
10. Thanks to dictation, boys and girls incorporate much more vocabulary into their repertoire.
11. They make reading easier and they are very fun, you just have to choose the right texts!
Having seen the previous points, we can only talk about how to adapt dictations to children according to their age. If we take as a starting point 6 years, the age that we have set as recommended, we will have to look for not very long texts, of three or four lines, that include simple grammar rules and basic punctuation marks. Did you know that a perfect way to capture their attention is to prepare thematic texts? About family, peace, poetry, their favorite stories ... They won't be able to say no to you!
When students reach the second grade of primary school, they can be proposed slightly longer dictations and include in them the spelling rules seen in class while continuing with the use of punctuation marks. When they close the first cycle of primary school, they continue in the same line always remembering that the dictation in front of them must be corrected so that they can ask all their doubts.
When students are already in the second cycle of primary school (third and fourth year of primary school) these practical exercises must be done fluently, the texts must contain all the spelling standards seen up to that course and also offer added value such as making the life and work of certain authors known.
In fifth and sixth grade of primary school, they can be offered slightly longer dictations or two short ones each day. These should never be too long, so that they have time to do the other tasks at school and have their time to practice sports and also their leisure time. How about a dictation taken from a fragment of the book they are reading? Or maybe you prefer the most famous work of the poet that they study in literature class ... You have many options at your fingertips!
Did we finish the dictation exercise by illustrating it from behind?
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