“The earliest practice of writing proper for children of seven or eight should be, not letter writing or dictation, but transcription (copywork) a slow and beautiful work.”
“A sense of beauty in their writing and in the line they copy should carry them over this stage of their work with pleasure. Not more than 10 -15 minutes should be given in these early writing lessons.”
~ Volume 1: Home Education by Charlotte Mason
We love copywork. Well, my kids maybe not so much, though they do like their finished work when they can look back and be proud of their accomplishments.
I had the opportunity to attend a Charlotte Mason style conference last month. During one of the morning sessions we were able to try out an actual Charlotte Mason style morning as a student! We were handed two sheets of paper. One was a quote on education. The other was a blank sheet of paper. We were told to copy the quote in our best handwriting and that we only had ten minutes to do it. After about 7 minutes you could see all the moms in the room shaking their hands out, rubbing their wrists and looking at their watches! I couldn’t believe how much “work” was involved in copywork. I could literally feel my brain working overtime! You have to pay attention to detail, and do your best. It was eye opening for me to see that it really is work to help train your brain to pay attention to detail. Copywork is not just mindless busy work you get from workbooks. Copywork develops good habits and strengthens your brain at the same time!
Here are lots of different FREE Copywork Printables!
I like to print mine out and keep them in a folder to hand out to my children each week.
Bible Copywork Sheets
The Lord’s Prayer Copybook
Elementary Copywork Pages Charlotte Mason style Bible verses, hymns, quotes and poems
Armor of God Copywork
18 Copywork Selections for Beginning Writers
Penmanship and Cursive Printables by Grade Level
Rabbits Copywork Unit
Chicken Color and Copywork
Copywork Quotes from the American Revolution
Quotes About Nature Copywork Pages
Copywork from Scriptures listed in Ruth Beechick’s “The Three R’s”
All Things Bright and Beautiful Copywork Book
Classical Copywork: LOTS of Freebies!
Copybook of the Gettysburg Address
Greece Poetry Copywork
Psalm 100 Bible Copywork
The Lord’s Prayer Mini Book Cursive Edition
How to sign up to get The Apostles Creed copywork book for FREE
Walking by the Way has some great FREE copywork resources and packets:
If you are wanting to learn even more about Charlotte Mason and Copywork you may enjoy these articles:
Copywork: What It is and Isn’t
Copywork Jumpstarts Your Child’s Spelling
How a Charlotte Mason Education Developed My Interests: Copywork
Charlotte Mason Overview and Methods Described
Charlotte Mason Copywork and a How to with Boys vs. Girls
Implementing Charlotte Mason Basics
CurrClick has TONS of Copywork Pages! And they are having a HUGE back to school sale right now!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate!) She is a an eclectic,Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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