What is Copywork?
Since we are new to homeschooling this year, we have never used copywork before. I’ve been intrigued by it, but thought my son was too old to practice his penmenship all the time, even though he has pretty bad handwriting and never really learned much cursive in school. However, I have learned that Copywork is so much more than practicing your writing. It involves spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, reading skill and comprehension. Your child will learn so much more than to slow down and have great penmanship.
About Homeschool Copywork
Homeschool Copywork is a site dedicated to providing quality copywork to families in a variety of styles and for all ages. The site is broken into three age groups – Early Elementary Copywork, Upper Elementary Copywork and Junior High – High School Copywork. With the lifetime membership, we were able to browse around and have access to a variety of different downloads, which include a variety of penmanship styles.
Some of the titles include:
- Claude Monet Artist Study and Copywork
- 1 Corinthians 13 Cursive Copywork
- The Poems of Lewis Carroll
- Dragons of the Bible Copywork, Notebooking and Coloring Pages
and so much more!
How We Used This Product
I decided to use the Junior High-High School Copywork level for my 12yo son. We chose to begin with The Armor of God Copywork and use it as not only writing practice, but scripture memorization and bible study.
There are 57 pages in this download and includes printing, cursive and D’Nealian styles. Because my son wasn’t taught much cursive in school, we chose to being with the D’Nealian worksheets and work our way into cursive. As you can tell from the images below, my son was more interested in “printing” than using the fancy slants of D’Nealian. I just let him be and figured we have a lots of time for him to grow into it.
The best part of this copywork was that my son and I got to have short devotions a couple of evenings each week as we discussed the scriptures in Ephesians about the Armor of God. It’s been a long time since I’ve studied the Armor of God myself so it was enlightening to me and a reminder of just how important it is to put on the Armor each day.
For our next copywork studies we are looking forward to the Dragons of the Bible Copywork and Notebooking pages and the Wilbur and Orville Wright Copywork.
Our Final Thoughts
For someone who had no hands-on experience with copywork before, I am sold! I am grateful for Homeschool Copywork and the many choices we have to not only work on penmanship skills, but also on grammar, vocabulary, scripture memorization and so much more.
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