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What are balloon dictations and how to prepare them with children


Dictations, as you well know, are perfect exercises to do at home and at school. And it is that they not only serve to improve reading-writing but they are also perfect for reviewing concepts seen in class. Of course, boys and girls often say that they soon get bored of doing this type of exercise. Do not panic! We bring you an infallible solution: the dictations of balloons. Do you want to know what they are and how you can prepare them with your students? Keep reading and you will find out.

Balloon dictations are a simple exercise that draws a lot of attention to children, especially those in the first cycle of primary school who are just starting out in exercises of this type. As you may have already deduced from its name, the mechanics are as follows: a few short dictations should be prepared and placed in a balloon that we will then inflate. The balloons can be pasted on the board or on a wall at a height that children can reach.

Now comes the most fun, each student or group of students will have to explode a balloon, get hold of the dictation and read it quietly. Once they have understood it, they must dictate it to their colleagues.

These types of exercises can be done in several ways. For example, in pairs, A child explodes the balloon and dictates the text that he has found inside to his partner, then the other child must do the same with the balloon that he has touched.

Another way to carry out this dynamic is that the same student read the dictation to the whole class. It is not necessary for all children to go out to blow up a balloon at a time, the exercise can be done in daily or weekly shifts, especially if it is a class with many students.

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If we talk about the advantages of dictations for boys and girls we have to talk about an improvement in spelling, memory and concentration as well as a greater knowledge of grammatical rules. And if we also opt for the pleasant balloon dictations we have to highlight these other benefits:

- Students' attention is easily captured because the dictation is done in a playful way.

- Children lose their fear of going to the blackboard.

- At the same time, gradually put aside shyness to read aloud.

- We must highlight one better reading comprehension.

- And, lastly and most importantly, children end up being super fans of dictations.

The texts that are going to be put inside the balloons must be short and must be based on the grammar that they are teaching in class to serve as reinforcement. You can take a small excerpt from a famous story or poem and you can also dictate the texts that we have lovingly prepared for you to do at home or at school with your students.

As for the methodology to follow, there are also several options here. It can be prepared randomly or classified by grammar rule. In the red balloons there will be sentences with questions and exclamations, in the green sentences to learn the use of 'v' and 'b' and in the green words that have 'h' and others that do not. Surely you have already got the idea that we want to give you.

It's time to see the examples of dictations to do with the fun balloon method. Remind the children that when there are punctuation marks, they should give it the proper intonation so that their classmates can write them down correctly.

1. Why are you so happy? - Pedro asked his friend Sofía. -Well, because this weekend I'm going to go to the beach with my parents. How exciting!

2. A lion, a tiger and a panther live in the forest. Which of the three do you think runs the most?

3. Animals can be vertebrates or invertebrates. The former, unlike the latter, do have a backbone and skeleton.

4. Among the vertebrate animals we find: birds, amphibians, fish, reptiles and mammals.

5. In the garden there was a rose that pricked everyone who approached. One day, a boy who was passing by asked him: 'why don't you want anyone to come near you?' - Because everyone wants to cut my leaves!

6. It's going to rain today, so don't forget to grab your umbrella. Tomorrow they say it's going to be sunny. Goodness!

7. The dozen Macarena has proposed to count syllables and put aside those that are not to her liking. What a strange character!

8. To do carry subtraction well, you should never forget to add to the subtrahend when it is appropriate to do so.

9. In the courtyard of my school, football is played on Mondays, tennis is played on Tuesdays, pinned on Wednesdays and on Thursdays and Fridays to dance and sing

10. Sapo and Sapito are two old friends. One day, when they were going for a walk in the forest, they saw a hare, far from being brave, they ran to take refuge at their home!

11. This weekend I am going to the cinema to see a movie with Elena, Ana and Sandra. Do you also want to come with us?

12. Marta closed the book with a smile on her face. He had loved it! Although to tell the truth, I had missed that phrase at the end that says: 'and red bunting ... This story is over!'

What do you think of the balloon dictations to do with your students?

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