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Copywork Links, Notes, and Resources

I am an advocate for copywork.

We use it for history to include eyewitness and nonfiction writing selections in our notebooks. We use it in science to remember facts, processes, and terminology. We use it to record literary elements.  We use it to practice math facts and memorize skip counting.  We use it in our notebook studies, journals, and smashes.

I still do not believe that I use it well or provide enough opportunity for it to serve academically.

Here are some links, comments and notes, as well as some of my creations!

These are three persuasive sites to encourage you to use copywork:

What is copywork? | Trivium Academy

Benefits of Copywork

Copywork in Our Home | Charlotte Mason Help

Why Do Copywork and Dictation? | The Well-Trained Mind

How should you start copywork?

Copywork and Dictation | DonnaYoung.org

Our Approach to Copywork | Homegrown Learners (with great link to a free worksheet generator)

Copywork could be more of a chore than an aid or enhancement. 

I use StartWrite.  This is a program well suited for copywork.  You type in your copywork or copy and paste from another resource, i.e. the internet, a document, or PDF. If you visit their site, you will know what is available to you.  I use and teach Modern Cursive.  All of my files are ball-and-stick manuscript or modern cursive.

However, with a few clicks you can change the writing font, as well as the size.  You can add graphics and illustrations easily.  The cost is low if you consider how much you would spend in copybooks.  As well, you would not be able to tailor the copywork specifically to the student’s study content.

Download Multiplication Copywork (pdf) Zip File

Ancient History Copywork

Where do you find copywork books?

Queens Homeschool (Sandi Queen)

Memoria Press


Ambleside Copywork Project

Bravewriter (Arrow or Boomerang)

Memory Gems and Copywork

Homeschool Notebooking

The History Scribe

You can visit these copywork resource links too.

Copywork | Practical Pages

Copywork and Handwriting Practice for Homeschoolers | That Resource Site

Booklet for GW’s Rules of Civility | DonnaYoung.org

Honestly, I pulled many of the above items and links from my digital notes and folders.  With the recent endeavor to find a way to approach spelling that is more visual, I found myself digging through these jots and links.  I wanted to share them with you!


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Multiplication Copywork

I will confess that I did not focus on multiplication memorization last  year.  As a matter of fact, I handed my student a multiplication chart.

Oh yes, I did!  Our public education had already failed us miserably in this area of learning.

I was not going to “wait” for the facts, and I didn’t.  However, I use and used a variety of tools, and I require copy-work …. FOR MATH!

Download Multiplication Copywork (pdf) Zip File

You will find the zipped folder contains the multiplication fact copy-work from the 2’s to the 12’s. I do not see any reason to complete 0’s or 1’s. I do not think that you need any explanation for why. It should be rather evident.  However, I will be adding addition, subtraction, and division soon.  (I gathered multiplication early for the Hive!)

A few things more …

If you use a memory book organizer, I would encourage you to make a list of each set of facts on index cards or insert flashcards for each set.  Have your student read through them as you decide to schedule.  I add fact cards to Friday.  I change the set once I feel that most of the list is retained in memory.  I move them to another day for review.  (Being that we are fastly approaching the concept of inverse operations, I am using the triangle flashcards that are available at DonnaYoung.org for review and practice.)

Memory:  Triangle Flashcards

In addition to the above, I created a multiplication and division practice book.

Multiplication Practice and Drill

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Ancient History Copywork

While narration teaches facts to ideas and the ability to communicate, copywork teaches spelling and vocabulary.  Prose and beautiful words are impressed upon the mind.  These resources were choosen for the style, rich vocabulary, and historical value.  The content includes cultural, economic, and government explanations, letters, and documentation.

The Akkadean Precepts (2200BC) Startwrite

Hymn of the Nile (2100BC) Startwrite

Babylonian Proverbs (1600BC) Startwrite

The Code of Hammurabi (282 Codes of Law) (1750BC) Startwrite

The Code of the Nesilim (Hittites, 1650BC) Startwrite

Ugarit and the Bible , Letter (Syrian, 1200BC) Startwrite

The Odyssey by Homer (825BC) Startwrite

Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III (823BC) Copy one or more of the faces.

The Roman Way of Declaring War (650BC)

Dedication Inscription on the Ishtar Gate (Babylon, 600BC)

Analects of Confucious (500BC)

The Twelve Tables of Roman Law (451BC)

Hellenes & Phoenicians by Herodotus (430BC)

Funeral Oration of Pericles (431BC)  …

The Carthaginian Law of Sacrifices (400BC)

The Hippocratic Oath (400BC) Startwrite

Cyropaedia by Xenophon (400BC)

The Republic by Plato (375BC) Scroll down to the quotes on The Republic.

The Edict of Milan (313) Startwrite

Cicero: Selected Letters (60BC) Covers Rome topics of various natures.

The Manner of Roman Charity

The Gladiatorial Games (Seneca Letters, 4BC-65AD)

Pliny Letters, Eruption of Vesuvius (4-79AD)

The Deeds of the Divine Augustus (14AD)


Ancient History Lesson Plans
Greek Mythology Scavenger Hunt (Task Cards and Key)

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Say “Yes” to Cursive

“Pretty home school mama say what?”

Remember.  At one time, we did not have a ball-point ink pen.  We used quills and bottles of ink.  Imagine how this would have looked with printed block, or ball and stick, lettering.  There would have been a considerable number of ink drops, smudges, and smears.

Before the printing press, joined writing was a much quicker way to copy documents and texts, as well as much neater.  These copies are what I consider original sources.  The Declaration of Independence was written in cursive.

Are you going to teach your child to read this historical document or show them a digital cipher?

Perhaps you think that cursive script is old-fashioned and out-dated writing. 

Block letters are the result of printing.  The various joined writing styles were not able to be printed.  This same type of lettering was adapted for electronic displays for appearance reasons too.

The argument against learning cursive is that we type and perform our day-to-day and business communications using the computer.  With the surge in palm and hand devices, like the tablets and netbooks, it would seem that writing as a whole is not needed.  I beg to differ.  Read Script and Scribble.

I would begin to argue that, at the very least, the child will need to learn to read cursive, to process the symbols that are interpreted as block letters.

Cursive is part of our traditional communication.  Socially, cursive is the correct way to communicate as well.  We have, as a society, always written in cursive or some facsimile.

An aside, I think denying our traditions and social etiquettes is what will – and has – disconnected us from each other.  I do not try to stand apart or do the go-with-the-flow for the new trend.  Too much has been tossed aside, such as saying “yes sir” and “no sir” in favor of “yeah” and “uh-huh”.  Our total disregard for anything that our parents did or do has made most of the latter generations vulgar, rude, and socially inept.  I do diverge from the topic at hand, but only slightly.  The evolution or disregard even for the things of the past because they are of the past is not reason or justification.

Cursive has always been the proper and respectful way to communicate with legibility, and speed being a profit.

Beyond these arguments, there are developmental reasons for teaching writing, including cursive, beyond the actual skill.  Visual, perceptual, and motor skill are developed through writing.  The “translation of the sequences of symbols(letters) into lines on paper affects the cognitive ability of the brain …”  Read more at the Reading Horizons, The Foundation for Reading English.  I heartedly agree with their statement that “we may have overlooked in the race to technology in the classroom” an important component, writing cursive.  The foundation is very explicative concerning the cognitive development and improvements as a result of learning cursive.  Again, there is much more learned than just the skill itself.

If you are looking for the value of learning to write cursive, I do believe that you have found it now.  Sometimes we need someone to prove something is worthy of our time.  For more than the actual skill and communicative properties, cursive has value.


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