More pedagogically meaningful than classical dictations is the discovering and self-controlled writing. There are a number of great dictation forms that are fun and useful. The most beautiful ones are presented here.

Be imaginative in dictation

This is less about sources of error. Dictation is practiced in a playful way for running, can, cube or partner dictations. Here, the students learn from their mistakes, a pedagogically meaningful concept. Dictations with fun are a great learning method, with which your child can also achieve good success in German lessons very quickly. However, you should not make these mistakes.

7 new dictation forms for varied practice

If your child is to practice by dictation, but don’t fancy the classic program, try these variations.

1. Dictates with fun: Partner dictates

A text or individual learning words are alternately dictated to each other. For example, each child writes only every second sentence, dictates the other. At the end of the dictation, the booklets are exchanged and corrected.

In this form of dictation that is intensive in the course of writing, the words to be written are read, heard, spoken and written several times. So these dictations are always a reading and writing exercise. Your child also practices the well articulated, clear speaking.

Writing dictations

2. Dictates with fun: Kink dictates

Another way to use dictations in a meaningful and sustainable way is to use the knickdictatations. Again, your child looks closely at the word to be writtenbefore buckling the template and then writing the text from memory.

3. Dictates with fun: running or sneaking dictation

A dictation text is deposited in another room. Your child walks to the text, reads it completely, then memourates a few words or a whole sentence in turn, runs back to his table and writes down the amount of text. Then it starts again to read the next paragraph.

This dictation form trains larger writing units and promotes memory. In addition, it creates motor relief,which is particularly beneficial for restless children. Each child determines his or her own writing pace.

4. Dictates with fun: candicated

A dictation text is written down by the parent and then cut into line stripsby the child. The range of rows must take into account the amount of memory that a child can memorize, short sentences or 3 to 5 words are affordable. The child now reads the first strip, puts it in a can, and then writes in his booklet.

Then it takes the next strip and proceeds until it has written everything down. For inspection, the strips are removed from the tin. This dictation method is varied and fun for the children, because they can cut something themselves and put it away.

5. Dictates with fun: breakfast dictates

The dictation to be practiced for a class work is divided into 5 parts and processed for one week each a part in the morning at breakfast. Have your child write in a specially provided breakfast booklet. Correct the mistakes before school and talk about the correct spelling also at breakfast. On the 6th day, the dictation should be written completely by your child.

This dictation form is suitable for children who want to spend little time for dictation learning and already sit fresh and rested at the breakfast table in the morning. The dictation date should be at least one more week in the future.

6. Dictates with fun: The question dictation

A dictation text is used to select the places that your child will find particularly difficult. Now ask questions that you want your child to answer with a reason. This looks like the following example.

Example question: Why is the word ship flag written with 3 -f-?

Example answer: Because two nouns are put together here.

The dictation is particularly suitable for practicing difficult spellings and stumbling blocks. It appeals to children who are very communicative and like to talk about their tasks.

7. Dictates with fun: dice dictation

Write four words in a table of the 1 to 6 digits that your child needs to learn. Your child is now starting to dice. If it rolls a 4, it writes the 4th word from the first column: Seal. Now it rolls again, maybe a 5, and writes the word from line 5 from the first column. If it rolls a 4 again, then it must take a word from line 4, column 2. Your child rolls until he has rolled all the digits once. So might it write the word from line? 6 only once, because it has rolled only once a 6, but from column 4 three times, because it has rolled a 4 three times.

What you need to consider when choosing the dictation

In the second class, your child is still very careful about spelling. Writing something that it hasn’t practiced before makes no sense. So follow the lesson content and practice only with word material that your child already knows. The more loud a word a word is, the easier it is for your child to write it flawlessly. Our example dictations for the 2nd class therefore consist primarily of loud words, so that your child can open up the spelling largely acoustically.

Practice dictations with success: How to take into account your child’s learning type!

Even if your child already learns very independently and does his homework largely alone, practicing dictations still often remains within the remit of the parents. German spelling is a complicated set of rules and exceptions that will only be accessible to your child over the years. Dictates check where your child is. Often, however, they are boring, not very varied and not fit. With our tips, you can target your child’s learning type in dictations and support it much more effectively.

Variety also does dictations well

Of course, parents are not trained educators, so they have to learn the know-how about learning processes or effective learning methods during their child’s schooling. That’s why it’s not surprising that dictations in most living rooms or children’s rooms still follow a traditional pattern.

The adult reads the corresponding text slowly and the child, sitting at the table, carefully writes it into his booklet. The reader then checks the result and alerts the child to any errors. These words are then corrected by the “tester” rewriting them. Not a wrong method – but practicing dictations can be much more varied, more effective and much more fun.

Finden the right learning channel of your child!

If your child has been going to school for a few years, you’ve probably already had the experience of how to learn best. For all newcomers to school, I briefly present the four main types of learning.

Listening, seeing, talking or moving?

By and large, the perceptual channels of learning are reduced to four key areas. Information is recorded and stored by your child either through the eye,through the ear,when moving across the body or when exchanging information with others via communication. Of course, smells or feelings also play a role, but it is not so large that it would have to be given special consideration in the type of learning. Nevertheless, you should of course only work with your child if he or she feels good and can concentrate on the dictation.

Consider other factors as well!

Many children don’t like dictations because they always follow the same pattern and are therefore boring. Therefore, not only change the dictation form, but also be a little creative. How about, for example:

  • Spelling difficult words while walking
  • Write special words with colored pens
  • Set up a concentration-promoting scented lamp (lemon, lime) or candle
  • Write with your left hand
  • write the dictation on a large sheet of wrapping paper

Surely you can also think of one or the other idea, with which you can make learning together more appealing by dictation for your child.
Turn the skewer over and let your child dictate the text. If you have difficult words or spelling problems, you will be ignorant and ask your child for the correct spelling. Let us explain why your child would write this word in this way. This makes you think and makes your child understand the spelling rules better.

Dictations for 3rd class: Exercise

  • Place your pen next to your booklet and listen to the following dictation in its entirety.
  • Listen to the first sentence again without writing it down.
  • Then take your pen in your hand.
  • Listen carefully to this part of the text and then write it down.
  • Wait for the next part of the text, listen carefully, and then keep writing.
  • If you don’t know exactly how a word is written, leave a gap.
  • After the dictation you hear the whole text again.
  • Read along and correct the mistakes you notice.

Dictation texts for the 3rd class

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Focus: capitalization of the times of day

Focus: Word family birthday and literal speech

Focus: Beginning of sentence large, literal speech

Zorro is gone

Simon’s Birthday

A really dangerous EM

Elias has a big shepherd dog called Zorro.

Simon turns 8 at the end of July.

Florian and Sandro are great football lovers.

After school, Elias looks for his dog.

He invited his eight best friends to his birthday party.

At Euro 2012, they watched almost every game.

Zorro is not in the house or in the garden.

Each of his friends brings a birthday present for Simon.

Florian firmly believed in the German team.

In the morning, his father saw him in the kitchen.

“Great!” says Simon. “I want to have my birthday every week.”

Sandro found the Italians better.

At noon, Mama was walking with Zorro in the park.

Simon’s birthday cake looks like a football.

His friends think it’s great.

In their respective jerseys they really got involved.

In the afternoon, no one had time for the dog.

The cake tastes good and is quickly eaten.

The most exciting was when Germany had to compete against Italy.

Zorro has disappeared from the garden.

Everyone is happy and praises the birthday child.

Florian has bitten his lip with excitement.

Elias is sad and cannot sleep all night.

“On my birthday there should be table tennis ball cake,” says Max.

When Italy won, Sandro sprained his foot while cheering.

In the morning, he walks straight into the living room.

Max prefers to play table tennis than football.

“Football is quite dangerous!” the two friends whine.

There lies Zorro and snores quietly. There is a letter on his collar: Zorro was with me. Dear Greeting, Grandma

“But it’s going to be a little cake,” Simon says.

“It’s only good that none of us have become European champions, but we might have hurt ourselves even more!” laughs Florian.