The day before yesterday we practiced editing and dictation (#4 and #3). For editing, I found an essay online that Kaija wouldn’t hate to read (it’s about Pokemon). I asked her to read it out loud to me. Afterward, we went over it with a highlighter and pen and I summarized each paragraph in a single sentence and pointed out places where the wording or structure of the essay was weak.
Then I chose a paragraph at random from a nearby book — 3D Game Programming for Kids — and dictated it to her in my best French-teacher style – read it once through for context, once again slowly, repeating each sentence, and one last time for proofreading.
Dictating is more work than I expected. I had to identify the words she might have difficulty spelling (“sphere” and “pyramid”) and write them out for her where she could see them. I had to decide whether to pronounce the punctuation (not the first or last times, yes the second time). I hadn’t realized that giving dictation is a skill, but it turns out to be one, and one I haven’t practiced.