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
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.
Where do you find copywork books?
Queens Homeschool (Sandi Queen)
Bravewriter (Arrow or Boomerang)
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!