As I told you before, Gloria started to read and write this summer.
Of course I wanted to accompany her in this wonderful adventure and, influenced by my Montessori training, I made a revisited version of the silent dictation.
How can a dictation be silent?
As it always happens with the Montessori method, it is not the teacher but the material who helps kids learning. In this case, the material silently “dictates” words. Kids have to match words and images, then they turn each card face down and write the words.
There are different levels of silent dictation. The first stage consists in writing the words corresponding to the object in each card wit the Movable Alphabet.
When the child can read, she is ready to match pictures and words, to write them down at her own rythm (without watching the card) and check them herself (in the Montessori method, the control of error, lies in the material and doesn’t need any external intervention).
As we are a bilingual family, I have made a bilingual version of this activity. I used texts and images from a couple of books we have at home (here the French-English version) but you can use any illustrated kid books with text and images. Just photocopy the pages you want and cut them off.
I have then made simple folders (just a cardboard rectangle whose corners are folded inwards) and classified the cards by subject.
I have put them on the kids’ table and I have shown Gloria how it works.
When I woke up the next morning, whe was happily “working” on her silent dictation…