Distinctives

STUDIED DICTATION – the practice of writing down a portion of what one has transcribed earlier in the week. This is done with accuracy and efficiency, as it is read aloud slowly by the teacher. The practice of dictation trains students to work carefully, thoroughly, and attentively, using their eyes to take in the conventions of printed language and submitting their minds to thoughts outside their own. In the early grades, short passages should be transcribed on Monday and dictated later in the week. For Grades 4 and up, increasingly longer passages may be given. The teacher chooses passages for transcription and dictation from texts the students are currently using in their classroom studies. Dictation lessons support the development of correct spelling and punctuating by sight.

(Reference: The Childlight Teachers’ Instructional Guide, 2008)