Copywork is a great activity to not only improve hand writing, but to also ponder great writing, spelling, vocabulary and sentence structure. As beneficial copywork is in your homeschool, it isn't alway easy to find selections that you would like to have your children copy without spending many hours in pulling them all together.
If you have never used copywork in your homeschooling, I would love to give you a few tips to help you get started on the right path.
Start with the goal of having something in each copywork lesson to be perfectly made
Start with short lessons
Use only good selections by choosing your selections to include worthy idea, great information and parts of language arts that will be enforced in the action of copywork
Encourage diligence by watching them until the habit of attention is present
Move into independent copywork
If you would like more help learning how to implement copywork into your homeschooling, you will find this video that I created explaining how to do that, as well as dictation.
Copywork Resources for All Ages
If you are implementing copywork in your homeschooling, you will absolutely love the variety in these resources.
We all want children that emulate the virtues that are important to us, but this is something that doesn't happen naturally on its own. It takes purpose in your parenting and staying consistent in your efforts. It is hard word, especially if you get sidetrack from time to time, as we all do, but so worth every effort to raise children with virtues.
5 Tips to Raise Children with Virtues
I'm still working on my own virtues from time to time, but I know that having a plan of action is important to reaching our goal to raise children with virtues. Having two adult children already and knowing what things we did that worked well, I would love to share with you these tips that we are doing with our younger children, and what new things we are doing that are good things.
Focus On Habits – Habits, both good and bad, are started at a very young age. It is dangerous to think a child will grow out of lying, being mean or being lazy. It is true to human nature that the more we do something the harder it is for us to undo that habit. If a child is showing undesirable habits at a young age and they are not corrected, these will continue and grow into their adulthood. It is so important to understand the need for focusing on habits when your children are younger, to help them grow into good habits that only become stronger with time.
Identify Where Your Children Struggle – As parents, we know where are children struggle most. In our home, we have had to deal with lying, cheating, stealing, selfishness, being unkind and dishonor. Thank God, not all at once and not all in the same child, but these things poked their head early in our children's lives and being able to identify them early, gave us the ability to focus on these habits and work diligent to teach the opposite of what they were struggling with daily.
Use Scripture to Train Your Children – We love using scripture to train our children. There is no better way to teach virtue than through the verses that are all through the Bible to help us in our daily walk. Teaching children scripture at a young age will make it easier in your parenting and easier for them to learn and emulate the virtue you desire them to have evident in their lives.
Praise Them for all Improvements – If you know that your child struggles with lying and you see them speaking the truth, especially in difficult situations that lying would be easiest, you own it to that child to praise them for making the virtuous choice. The more we praise our children the more they grow. They desire our praise and acceptance, so giving it to them freely in your efforts to raise virtuous children will only improve your child's ability to grow in them.
Demonstrate the Virtues in Ever Way Possible – If we want our children to be truthful, we need to be truthful in our own example. We have found that even as powerful as that life lesson can be in our efforts to raise children with virtues, we improve the lessons in what it means and look like by purposefully demonstrating these virtues through stories, illustrations and anything that we can share with them that prove to be good things.
Art is often a curriculum that is overlooked, but it shouldn't be! So I was thrilled that See the Light was interested in having me review their product and share it here on my blog. With See the Light DVDs, art class will be something your children will love to do and you will enjoy the Christian aspect of these 9-DVDs that has 36 lessons in all, plus three bonuses lessons. With these DVDs, you can easily teach art at home and your children of all ages will love them!
How to Teach Art at Home
With See the Light Art Class Volumes 1-9, each DVD has 4 lessons each (36 lessons total) with three of them having an additional bonus lesson, with the total time for each DVD ranging from 48 to 84 minutes total.
I can see this being so easy to add to a homeschool routine, with one lesson a week, each lasting 10-18 minutes long, and of course, additional practice. You can choose to include it on a Monday and assign days during the week to work on what was taught, or have an extended time on one day to watch the lesson and implement it. For our home, Fridays would be the perfect day for us to add ‘art club' which is how it is referred to in the DVD to our schedule without feeling overwhelming.
This was the first time that I had the opportunity to review these DVDs and I wanted my boys (5 and 12) to see what they thought of them as well. I had them go through the first DVD with me and they both were enjoying it a lot. They held the attention of both of the boys and the Master Artist, Pat Knepley explained things thoroughly enough for them to follow along.
Here is a photo of one of the lessons they did and I was so surprised at the photo of my youngest!
As I was reviewing these DVDs, I wanted to see how many things that stood out to me that would work with a Charlotte Mason way of education. I was thrilled to see so many of them!
Here is how See the Light DVDs works so well with the Charlotte Mason way:
The lessons are short
The lessons are first hand instructions of how to work on a skill
My children were inspired and my 5 year old had his own ideas of what to draw immediately (see his photo below)
Habit of attention is being worked on
Observation is taught
Skills are worked on that can be used in journaling, and sketching for narrations
Can easily become a handi-craft (hobby)
Biblical references are used
Multiple ages can do this together – My 12 year old and 5 year old watched together!
I love to have my school things organized. When I heard Pat, the Master Artist, started listing what is needed for this DVD course and how she recommended to store it, it just resonated with me. I wanted to add this list for you as well, so while you are waiting for your DVDs to ship, you can prepare your own tool kit for these art classes.
You can easily take these with you for additional practice while on a nature walk or just visiting a local park for a day out!
Build Your Own Tools Kit to Use See the Light Art Class DVDs
Notebook pages are a great way to inspire narrations, creativity, nature journaling and much more. In our experience, young children are overwhelmed by just handing them a blank piece of paper and expect them to fill it up with things they just learned. Notebook pages are a perfect way to bridge the space between the beginning stages of writing and filling the blank page of a paper or a journal.
Notebook Pages for Most Subjects
Have you ever seen Notebook Pages? This resources has so many free pages and themed pages, as well as bundles that you really could find notebook pages for most subjects, but so far, not math. Who wants that, anyways? I would love to introduce you to some of the ones that would be perfect for the Charlotte Mason method to help your children learn the important factors of the elements of writing and journaling.
If you use Binder Books or laptops in your homeschool, these notebook page templates and mini-books are the perfect thing to have to bring these things to live with different shapes and pop-ups that will make this a great resource for hands-on learners or creative learners.
Our family loves the Bible lessons from Grapevine Studies, which teaches children the Bible through drawing stick figures. Our youngest has been doing this since the age of 4 and will often times draw his favorite Bible stories that we haven't even studied yet, while we are out of the house on errands or at church. He loves it! I love that this simple method of learning the Bible has been so effective that he is thinking of it on his own when we aren't even doing homeschool.
That is when I got this idea.
DIY Bible Lesson Cards for Learning on the Go
Here is what you will need to create your own Bible Lesson Cards:
Optional, but highly recommend is an laminator – it will keep these cards looking good through all kinds of wear and tear!
If you do laminate the cards, you will need laminator sheets. I recommend this cheaper brand.
Again, if you are laminating these, you will need a pair of scissors as well.
Here is how you make your DIY Bible Lesson Cards
On the blank side of your index card, you will want to draw the picture for the lesson that you are on or have your children do it, like I did. It is important to use the same color for each of the drawing that is specified. So if your children are doing this with you, be sure they understand to look at the colors for each stick figure and item in the lesson and to use that color when drawing.
Label the top of the card, on the blank side, where the drawing goes with the name of the lesson. This will help readers identify what the lesson is about just by looking at the drawing and the title.
On the lined side of the index card, you will want to write the assignment for Bible reading, skip a line and then write the portion for ‘Discussion'. Although the purpose of these cards are for the children to enjoy using these DIY Bible lesson cards anywhere, they can also be used as true lessons in the waiting room for an appointment, long drives with the family, in lines at the store or sick days in bed.
These are the key things you will want to add to the front and back of these DIY Bible lesson cards.
Another thing that I have added to the lesson cards is the colorful timeline reviews. I love this activity at the end of every lesson! I can't believe how easy it is for my son, who just turned 5, to be able to look at this review and go through the timeline retelling me the stories from the lessons… just from the pictures!
Your children will LOVE this resource. You will love their knowledge of the Bible and how easy it is to teach them, while keeping their attention.
Due to the amount of work that goes into these cards and their value to our family, plus knowing that these cards will be used for a long time with my little guy drawing in church, I wanted to really preserve them by laminating them. I have learned the hard way that when something is used again and again, it is always best to invest in laminating them to ensure they are a non-consumable investment, instead of having to purchase them several times for all of my children.
Draw and Write Through History is an interactive learning curriculum that your children will absolutely love. Each of the books in the series gives step by step drawing instruction, plus a selection of history copywork in cursive. You children will love drawing the historical subjects, while learning more about the history surrounding their drawings in these copywork sections.
This series consist of SIX books, each highlighting a different era in history and filled with inspiring step by step drawing that you children will enjoy perfecting their drawing skills with, while learning about the history each subject represents in that era. These books are recommended for ages 8 and up.
Creation through Jonah – Learn how to draw a dinosaur, Noah's Ark, a giraffe, the tower of Babel, a pyramid, mummy, sphinx, silk worm moth, giant panda, Bible characters, the Trojan horse, a phoenician ship, and more.
Greece and Rome – Learn how to draw a Greek soldier, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, The Great Wall of China, Hannibal's war elephants, the Colosseum, a gladiator, and more.
The 20th Century – Learn how to draw a Model T, the Titanic, penguins, seals, a World War I soldier, The Red Barron's plane, Amelia Earhart, a Sherman Tank, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr., the space shuttle, and more.
Here are a few samples of what the books look like…