Thursday, January 17, 2013

Copywork for McGuffey's Second Reader and a Giveaway!


Welcome to a week long series at Living and Learning at Home!  The ladies of the iHomeschool Network have another Hopscotch going on and my topic is copywork.  Each day this week we will be talking about what copywork is, who should do it, resources for it, etc.  I encourage you to ask questions or give suggestions at any time.  Either leave a comment or send me an email and we can discuss this topic together!

Today I want to introduce to you my new site devoted completely to copywork, Classical Copywork.  If you haven't already been over there, I would love it if you would check it out!  I created this site to be a resource for families who want to find great copywork for their children of all ages.  So far I have copywork for Bible verses, poetry, and McGuffey reader supplements, but I will be adding more frequently.  I hope to soon build a substantial collection for the benefit of homeschooling families.





I am adding a new copywork pack today and want to share it with you all (and give you a chance to win one for yourself)!  This new pack is 77 pages of copywork designed to supplement McGuffey's Second Reader (Revised Edition).  It is made for intermediate writers who can write on (approx.) wide ruled paper.  To learn more, please visit Classical Copywork.

Also, in celebration of this 5 day series, I want to offer a giveaway of my entire collection of copywork to one reader!  The winner will get a download of each of the copywork packs available currently at Classical Copywork.  That is over 300 pages of copywork ranging from beginner-intermediate levels.  Whether you already use copywork in your homeschool or you are just wondering what it is all about, this is a perfect giveaway for you!  Please enter below!


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Take a minute to check out what the other lovely ladies of the iHomeschool Network are talking about this week during the Hopscotch...



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45 comments:

  1. Thanks for the chance to win - the copywork you have created is very nicely done!

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    1. Thank you so much! ...and you're welcome!

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  2. I love your blog, and I so enjoy your copywork and share it with others who are interested in copywork. Thanks and God Bless You!!!

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  3. What a wonderful website full of helpful resources! My daughter, Alyssa, loves copywork and writing exercises. We would love the opportunity to win your entire collection. We own the McGuffey set of readers. It would be nice to have something to use in conjunction with them - these copywork pages seem like a perfect fit for us! I saw many other useful copywork pages I would use from your collection. Thank you for sharing these resources. They look awesome!
    God bless,
    Tracey M.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so glad that your daughter enjoys copywork!

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  4. My tip for copywork is to limit the amount of time they spend copying so that the child doesn't get tired or bored. I set a timer and tell Alyssa to practice writing (copying) and that she can stop when the timer goes off. She is usually eager to finish what she started, but I remind her that if she chooses to continue then she must use her best handwriting. In most cases, she finishes in the allotted time limit. We limit copywork to 10-15 minutes per session. Sometimes ... she ask to do another Bible session later in the day. I won't argue with that! You may need to limit the time further to 5-10 for younger children.

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  5. I've really enjoyed your series on copywork. I had been thinking of moving my 11YO away from it, but I've changed my mind. Thanks for the input.

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    1. You're welcome! Thank you for reading the series!

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  6. Hi! I'm here from the Hip Homeschool Moms Giveaway linky. I'd love to win this!

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  7. We did a set of Luke copywork at Christmas. It was the Christmas story. It was my daughter's first time doing copywork and she loved it! I think it really helped her memorize the story.

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    1. I'm glad your daughter enjoyed it! Yes, I definitely think it can help with memorization!

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  8. My daughter loves copywork and she would love to have this!

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  9. thank you for the giveaway. I no nothing about copywork! I'm gonna look into it.


    Heather Commet

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  10. How exactly does copywork work??
    Is it just pages they copy from?? LOL I feel so ignorant right now! :)

    Heather Commet

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    1. Heather, copywork is a great way to improve handwriting, grammar, and spelling as they copy a line or a stanza each time. A younger child might write a 3 or 4 word sentence; an older child might copy a paragraph from a poem or piece of literature.

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    2. Erin, thanks for replying! Heather, you can check out my first post in this series for more info if you'd like... http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/2013/01/what-is-copywork.html Thanks for the question!

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  11. I love the improvements we see with copywork. One of my children has dyslexia/dysgraphia and it has been the single most helpful component of our homeschooling for her.

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    1. What a great testimony! Thank you for sharing that!

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  12. We use copywork via Writing With Ease and I've seen the transfer of capitalization and punctuation transferred to my daughter's other writing.

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  13. I've been eyeing this for a little while. With my younger two girls this would be amazing. Do you feel it helps their penmanship too?

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    1. Bridget, yes I absolutely think it does! You may need to remind them to copy exactly what they see, but if they are doing that then their penmanship will definitely improve!

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    2. Good to hear, anything that does 2 things in one! ;) Thanks the quick response Amy!

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  14. Thank you for sharing this series on copywork. I've enjoyed it! We have been 'on again, off again' with copywork in our homeschool - and you've convinced me -- it will make a huge difference if we stay consistent.

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  15. Do you give new copywork assignments each day? Or have them repeat and copy the same samples on consecutive days?
    How much do you correct and critique their handwriting? I fear I am overly critical.

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    1. Honestly, I am pretty critical too. It's a hard balance because you do not want them to have the incorrect picture in their head, but you do not want to nag either. I definitely do not let any incorrectly spelled words stay on the paper. As far as letter formation, as long as I see effort and general improvement, I am happy with that.

      I do give a new assignment each day. I think it is good to keep things fresh and interesting with copywork because it can easily get tedious and boring if it becomes just copying letters.

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  16. Wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. I am so bad about assigning copywork, but one thing I've found is that assigning something that goes along with what we're studying (whether it's in science, history, whatever) helps them stay more interested.

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  18. I believe that even in the age of digital electronics, copywork and good handwriting is a necessity

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  19. I would love to win this for our kids to enjoy in homeschool

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  20. I'd love to win anything of yours!

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  21. I'm so thankful you have created these! I have trouble finding age/grade appropriate things to copy so this would be very helpful!

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    1. Hi Stephanie! I'm glad you like them. I'm always trying to figure out what packs to make next (more Bible, poetry, something new, etc.), so if you have any input I'd love to hear it!

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  22. Ideas for copywork would be wonderful!

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  23. Thanks for sharing copy work!
    Monica http://happyandblessedhome.com

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  24. At what age do you start copy work?
    Monica http://happyandblessedhome.com

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    1. Technically as soon as your child can start tracing shapes and letters. Formally you can start it as soon as your child starts forming their own letters. See this post for more details... http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/2013/01/who-should-use-copywork.html

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  25. I love copywork and think this will be a great addition to our school day

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  26. How many days a week should we be doing copywork?

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    1. I would recommend at least 3, preferably every day that you do school! Check out this post for more info... http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/2013/01/who-should-use-copywork.html

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