Recently, we had the opportunity to review Homeschool Copywork through the Schoolhouse Review Crew. We received the treat of a Lifetime Membership to the Homeschool Copywork website, to use and review!
What is Homeschool Copywork?
Homeschool Copywork is an educational website devoted to providing handwriting practice for students using quotes and passages from excellent literature. Founder and creator Amy Blevins has created handwriting practice pages for students which contain material from famous authors and artists, scientific topics, hymns, Bible verses, history, and more! It’s just a fantastic abundance of printable copywork books, which can be downloaded and printed for students aged elementary all the way up to high school. If you’d like for your student to practice his handwriting using beautiful writings, Homeschool Copywork is for you!
The website contains copywork books which are organized into the following age groups: Early Elementary; Upper Elementary; and Junior High-High School. Each book has at least two handwriting types (manuscript and cursive) downloads available, and newer books include Ball and Stick Manuscript, D’Nealian Manuscript, and Lined Cursive for younger students. Older students’ copywork books contain both Unlined and Lined Cursive as writing choices. So, regardless of which type of handwriting curriculum you’re using, you’ll be able to find copywork books at Homeschool Copywork that correspond to it.
There are also three types of membership available at Homeschool Copywork: Free Membership, Full Membership, and Lifetime Membership. Here’s what each includes:
- Free Membership: Members can download copywork books from the free section only
- Full Membership: Members may utilize every copywork book on the website for the course of one year
- Lifetime Membership: Members may access every copywork book in the members-only section and the free section–forever!
Amy Blevins also has an incredible Bonus! Products section which has notebooking pages for a variety of subjects. Some are stand-alone pages and others can be used in conjunction with copywork books from the website (e.g. Bird Coloring Pages, which are a great adjunct to the John James Audubon copywork book).
What is copywork and why should our children be doing it?
On page 238 of Home Education, groundbreaking British educator Charlotte Mason writes that “Children should Transcribe favourite Passages” in a little book, copying poems or verses that are beloved by the child. Today, this thought has become a mainstay in many homeschools. Selected passages (chosen by the parent or the child, as Mason recommends) are assigned to the child, who writes them in his best and most beautiful handwriting. This copywork then not only exposes the child to great thought and great works of literature, but excellent grammar and ways of communicating as he practices handwriting in an interesting, wholesome, and meaningful way.
Regardless of which subjects you’d like your child to perfect his handwriting with, you’ll find them at Homeschool Copywork. Amy Blevins has composed copywork books in nearly every subject, and about many interesting topics or people. Here’s just a sampling of the copywork books you’ll find there:
- Charlotte Bronte’s words in “Looking Upward”
- Dragons of the Bible
- Character Building
- Copywork on various holidays
- Aaron Copland quotes
- Artists’ quotes, including Van Gogh, Monet, and da Vinci
- Human Anatomy
- 1 Corinthians 13 and other Bible verses
- and so much more!
I don’t think you’ll run out of copywork books for your children–ever–if you utilize the Lifetime Membership, as we are!
I must tell you that I was utterly delighted that our family was selected for this review. Although it seems that the Western world is moving more and more toward keyboarding and away from writing by hand, I still believe that there is both value and importance in being able to write by hand–and legibly, at that!
So, we do work on handwriting almost daily. Cursive is our focus these days. And while I love our handwriting curriculum, I was really interested in assigning lovely literature passages, important speeches, and quotes and verses for my son to write. Amy Blevins’ Homeschool Copywork has allowed me to do just that! Once I had logged in to access our membership, it was as easy as pie to download the copywork book of our choice for the moment, the 1 Corinthians 13 Cursive Copywork. This copywork book has pages which have designs for coloring or artwork on one part of each page, with a verse or part of a verse and lines where the student can copy the cursive words. It’s very clean and beautiful, and there is plenty of space given for the student to rewrite the verse on each page. This copywork book includes verses 1-13 of I Corinthians 13, commonly known as the “Love Chapter” of the Bible.
And, our impressions? I loved Jackson’s getting to spend a few moments writing wonderful words of Scripture each day. He found the process non-stressful, and actually calm and peaceful to work on. (Maybe that’s Amy’s excellent work, maybe it’s working on Scripture—or maybe it’s both!) He appreciated the length of the assignments each day as well. He would work on only one verse (or part of a long verse) at a time, doing his best work. This is very Charlotte Mason-esque in design; she recommended that lessons be a good length and not overly long, just to enable students to work with excellence but not stray over into exhaustion. Sometimes we colored in the designs together and sometimes not. But, if you do, you’ll end up with a gorgeous book of work!
How to find Homeschool Copywork for yourself
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