the dictation project

what a dictation session might look like

September 10, 2010

There isn’t one way to take dictation from a child. But there are a few tips that might help, so I’ll offer some possibilities. Most important: choose a favorable time to get started. My last post had ideas for this. the one with the windquist (see below) Written by hand or on a computer? For […]

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getting started with taking dictation

September 7, 2010

The next post in my little series. One of the hardest parts of taking dictation from a kid can be getting started. If you sit down at a table with a pencil and a piece of blank paper and say, “Tell me a story and I’ll write it down,” you might get lucky, and you might […]

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why take dictation from kids?

September 2, 2010

Post #2 in a month-long project, described here. If dictation is such a powerful tool–which I’m hoping to convince you that it is–why don’t more families do it? Why is it simply mentioned in passing in books about kids and writing? One reason. I’ll bet you can figure it out. It’s not a technique used […]

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the dictation project

September 1, 2010

Welcome to a new, month-long project here on the Wonder Farm! Come on in, and find a seat! For the month of September, I’m planning to focus my posts on a single topic: taking dictation from kids. I’ll be posting much more often than my typical once-a-week dispatches. I’m hoping that some of you will […]

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