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I am using the 1st one with an 8 yr old boy who technically is 3rd grade. There is alot of writing in this and I do shorten things by making him only do every other written problem or having him give me answers orally. Yesterday the copywork had him in tears. I only had him do it for 10 min. however we only got two of the sentences done. Am I underestimating what my child should be doing and not pushing enough or are others adjusting this curriculum as well? Thanks for any insight.
Vanessa, we did the majority of EFTTC orally — very minimal writing, only on questions that needed it (like putting correct punctuation at the end of a question. Come to think of it you could do that orally too if needed, by having the child say “question mark” at the end.). Which lesson are you on? I don’t see one marked as Copywork in the title.
It is Lesson 10 under Exercise. Thank you for any input.
We also do it orally! If writing needs to be done, I do it and my dd’s tell me what goes where, capital or lowercase, etc. I’m using it more as an introduction at this point then a mastery subject. We’ll buckle down in a few years when they’re older. But even orally, I’m seeing improvement in their personal writing and their reading (they point out the punctuation and use the appropriate voice tones). Right now it’s like a game and they enjoy this particular subject.Sonya ShaferModerator
gr8tfulCMmom, what a great idea! Mom does the copying and the child directs as the lesson indicates. Thanks!
Vanessa, looking at lesson 10 I would either
1. skip that exercise (especially since it has only one opportunity to reinforce the indented paragraph because it has only one paragraph)
2. approach it as explained by gr8tfulCMmom, with you doing the writing and your son directing you to indent (but then again, with only one paragraph, I’m not sure how much good that would do)
3. use it for your son’s normal copywork during the week and spread it out
Does that help any?
Yes, that helps! Thank you to both of you!
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