Fun Sentence Dictation

by | Apr 24, 2020 | Homeschool Activities

Last Updated Oct 24, 2023
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Make sentence dictation simple and low-stress by leaning on fun activities.

Teaching Language Arts at Home

From teaching handwriting and proper sentence structure to mastering sight words and spelling lists, teaching language arts can feel overwhelming!

That is why keeping things light and simple is key.

Thankfully, we live in a time where free language arts resources and spelling strategy options are nearly endless, which can turn that overwhelming task into something less complicated.

Using Sentence Dictation in Your Homeschool

When I first started teaching my children at home, we leaned on the K12 online school program.

A few years later, we switched gears and started our traditional homeschool journey by leaning on an open-and-go language arts curriculum.

One of the strategies this amazing curriculum included multiple times a week was sentence dictation.

To be completely honest, my kiddos didn’t exactly love this part, but totally did!

With that said, I quickly realized just how important this activity was for our homeschool.

Not only does sentence dictation improve spelling, but it’s an essential for learning proper sentence structure.

It’s just so good, you guys!

How to Utilize a Sentence Dictation Notebook

While I’m all about the hands-on learning fun for grades K-3, sometimes the structure of a simple notebook is all you need when introducing a new concept.

When it comes time to add sentence dictation to your homeschool activities lineup, starting with a notebook truly is the best option.

Simple Sentence Dictation Notebook Ideas

First, let your kiddos pick out a fun notebook to use for this activity only.

Then, introduce sentence dictation by starting small and building your way up to more complex sentences.

Finally, mix it up and keep it fun by allowing your child to decorate their sentence pages with stickers and doodles throughout the year.

This allows for a simple creative outlet during language arts time.

All that said, if your kiddo has a hard time writing an entire sentence by themselves, consider writing a portion of the sentence for them, leaving blank spots for them to fill in as you dictate the sentence.

Make sure to leave the first and last words blank often, so children can practice capitalization and proper punctuation.

Other K-3 Sentence Dictation Ideas

Teaching language arts to grades K-3 requires a simple approach.

To keep sentence dictation from becoming an overwhelming (or boring) task, consider trying a few of these additional methods.

Start with a notebook, then try some of these fun ideas to mix it up from time to time!

  • Sticky notes

While the traditional method of using a notebook is great for starting out, sometimes mixing it up by introducing fresh ideas will be the motivation your kiddo needs to keep going.

Take sentence writing up a notch by allowing your little one to practice their language arts skills on sticky notes.

This activity can be so much fun, you guys!

Sticky Note Sentence Dictation Method

Encourage your child to write individual words on each sticky note, then decorate the walls with their completed sentence!

You can make it more complex by utilizing different colors for verbs and nouns or keep it simple.

Either way, this simple hands-on activity is the perfect way to make language arts fun! 

  • Special Tools

If you have a child who struggles or gets frustrated easily with pen-to-paper sentence dictation, consider using special writing tools instead!

Since the main goal of this popular language arts activity is to enhance a child’s sentence writing ability, actual writing is kind of essential.

So, try skipping the traditional and lean on tools such as whiteboards or boogie boards.

Use Special Tools Like Boogie Boards

Set aside these special learning tools and utilize them strictly for this purpose to help keep kids excited and motivated!

My daughter absolutely thrives with this one, you guys!

  • Drawing Activities

If you are teaching a mini Picasso, try adding some fun creative outlets to your sentence dictation practice!

Teaching language arts doesn’t have to be bland, you guys.

Allow your child to get creative and draw pictures that go along with their sentence.

For example, if your child is writing a sentence about a farm simply have them draw a farm scene or print out farm coloring pages for them to color after their writing is complete.

You can easily utilize free handwriting sheets that have space for both writing and drawing or utilize your sentence dictation notebook as mentioned above!

  • Manipulative Items

Last, but certainly not least, if you have a kiddo that absolutely loathes (or isn’t ready for) tons of sit-down learning, try leaning on manipulative fun instead!

While yes, encouraging handwriting is important for this activity, sometimes skipping all forms of traditional learning by utilizing hands-on activities is just as essential.

Try thinking inside the box for this one, you guys!

Use Manipulative Items for Practicing Sentence Structure

Consider creating a simple box of manipulatives, such as a spelling activities box, for your child to use during their language arts learning time.

Then, utilize some of those fun manipulatives for hands-on sentence dictation!

This simply takes the focus off of perfect form and turns this daunting language arts activity into something simple and fun.

Plus, it can take unnecessary pressure off an overwhelmed student.

With that said, if using manipulatives is out of the question (or budget) for your homeschool, try thinking outside the box instead.

You can easily practice sentence dictation just like we practice spelling wordsby using sidewalk chalk in the driveway!

There are seriously so many simple ways to practice sentence writing at home, you guys!

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Fun Sentence Dictation

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Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

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Thanks for checking out the homeschool activities helps portion of the blog! 

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Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the homeschool activities helps portion of the blog! 

I have so many fun ideas planned for this category! I can’t wait to share them all with you.

I hope you found this article helpful and come back to visit again soon!

Want to connect on social media?

You can find all of our social accounts below!

FacebookInstagramPinterest

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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