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I cannot tell you a lie and say that copywork was something I enjoyed doing during my school years, because it wasn’t. I made sure I had my copywork done first thing every school day, because I wanted to get it over with. To me, I just thought it was a waste of time. Now that I am older, graduated, and have had several years from being assigned copywork, I find myself thinking differently…
Copywork is really a good thing. It teaches your child(ren) several qualities that I never thought about when I was doing it:
- Encourages neat handwriting, in both print and cursive.
- It helps your child(ren) with their spelling.
- Copywork helps instill basic grammatical knowledge.
- Exposes them to some wonderful references, and
- Builds wrist muscles! (Sorry, I just had to add that!)
It was through copywork that I learned both print and cursive! When I was first learning cursive, my mom wrote whatever she wanted me to write either by hand or on the computer in cursive and I was made to copy it, at the same time learning to read and write in cursive! Boy, my mom was sneeky…
What I had to write daily, was either a bit of scripture, some historical quotes, or a poem that was supposed to put some wisdom in me. Some of what I copied were strong and powerful words that sent shivers running down my spine, because it seemed they were written just for me! Of course they weren’t, but it didn’t mean I didn’t feel that way…occassionally.
What if your child doesn’t like copywork?
Well, if they don’t like writing, than I can understand. But to make them like writing, you have to make it exciting for them! Here are some ideas I have:
- If your child wants to write a letter to a friend or loved one, write down what they want to write and have them copy it!
- Find out who, in history, your child adores. (For my brother, he loves George Washington). Find some good quotes for them to copy. This is getting them more information about the personal life of their American hero, teaching them some nice words, and getting them to write.
- Have your child pick one person from the Bible that they love, (i.e. Ruth, Noah, Jesus, etc.) and find some things that they said or did and have them copy it!
Even though your child may not like this part of homeschooling, I suggest you continue to push them! It is very helpful in the end. I know, because I still do copywork, only not intentionally. You know why? Because I’m copying something that I want or need to copy. Think about what you do. Do you copy down a recipe from your friend? Do you write down that address for future use? What about the other small things you copy down, day in and day out?
Don’t you think copywork is important?
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Cassondra Freeman is a homeschool graduate, who loves reading, writing, music, photography and spending time with her family. While waiting for her dream of being a wife and a stay-at-home mother to become a reality, she is sharing her passions on her blogs, Beyond the Cover, where you will find wholesome book list for all ages, holiday activities and other passions of her life and Unassuming Designs, where you will find tips to making a great blog design and ways she can help humble bloggers build unique blogs that their readers will love.