Copywork & Dictation


“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were--Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter.”

This quote from the book can be used for copywork this month. For more information on Copywork and Dictation and how to use them, click on the article below.

How To Know If You Are Using Copywork And Dictation The Right Way To Teach Language Arts

If you are a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, then chances are the words copywork and dictation have come up repeatedly in homeschool discussions. The late Charlotte Mason, an educator who inspired an entire homeschool philosophy, advocated copywork and dictation as two of the key components to educating children in language arts.

Capitalization of Proper Nouns:

The names of the rabbits are capitalized in this sentence, so we can talk to the children about common nouns and proper nouns. You can learn more about these in the link provided below.

Children may be confused about the word Rabbit being capitalized. Normally, rabbit is a common noun. However, in this instance it is being used as a last name, as in Peter Rabbit, and is treated as a proper noun.

Common and Proper Nouns

Learn more about common and proper nouns. Our lessons offer detailed explanations along with exercises to test your knowledge.

Em Dash:

In this example, we can also discuss the use of the Em Dash as a replacement for a colon. You can read more about this in the article below.

Em dash

A pair of em dashes can be used in place of commas to enhance readability. Note, however, that dashes are always more emphatic than commas. And yet, when the car was finally deliveredā -nearly three months after it was orderedā -she decided she no longer wanted it, leaving the dealer with an oddly equipped car that would be difficult to sell.


In dictation the student listens as the teacher reads the copywork passage. The student then transcribes the passage exactly. If your student is young, you can use the French Dictation Worksheet located below. Just click the blue paperclip to download.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit French Dictation.pdf