Ways to help your child with the dictée

Ways to help your child

This blog post is regarding the dictée and how you can best support your child.  I realize that many of your do not speak French and for these activities you don’t need to.  You just need dedicate the time to help support your child with his/her work.

This year your child has sentences to learn each week and there there can be some tricky words in the sentences.  Rather than have your child memorize letters in the sentences it is best to have your child isolate the words he/she is having trouble with and use the strategies below.  I try and choose words in each sentence that are sight words used in class and that have been learned in previous grades.  It is also important for your child to focus on grammar in each sentence so that when he/she is writing the test he/she is making sure that the sentence are making sense rather than trying to recall letters.

It is important that your child work on his/her dictée each night in order for him/her to develop a good understanding for French phonics, as well, to memorize the correct spelling for French sight words (high frequency words).  It is an expectation that Grade 2 and Grade 3 students have a good amount of French sight words (high frequency words) memorized.


  • have them type words/sentences on the computer using different fonts
  • scramble up the letters in the word and get your child to unscramble
  • if you have a easel or white message board
  • play hang man (guessing game)
  • making words using different materials (playdough, noodles, different felts, cutting out letters from words in newspapers)
  • making a word search-use www.puzzlemaker.com
  • use a highlighter and get them to highlight sounds they know
  • “painting words” with this website: http://www.abcya.com/abcya_paint.htm
  • letting your child practice writing his/her words using fancy pens or gel pens

All these activities will be more engaging and will hopefully encourage your child to practice more at home.  Having your child copy out the sentences several times each night might not help them learn, retain and understand the sound of the week and/or grammar concept we are focusing on.  If they are simply memorizing letters, they are not having these concepts “stick” and will not be able to continue to use them in class.

Thank you for your continued support with your child and the dictée.

See you tomorrow,

Mme Rode


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