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What things do you have your DD or DS doing for writing, copywork every day? I ahve my DD writing out a paragraph of a robert frost poem everyday, journal, and then some phonics from a workbook. Is this good, or how could I change it up a bit?Rachel WhiteParticipant
My son is 7 and I do a copywork “lesson” 1x a wk. so far. It is scripture or character quotes. Only 1x b/c he already writes 1-2 words in Hebrew in the print, script and english tranlation so I don’t want to overwhelm his writing and make it drudgery. I am interested in interspersing letter writing to family members. I do an “auditory” copywork 1x a week as well out of the McGuffey Pictorial Primer. He reads the lesson then I read a sentence and he tells it back to me inc. capital or lowercase and any punctuation. Sort of a narration/copywork in one. He’s very oral so this seems to be working. I have a lot of ideas still brewing in my head. I don’t want to overdo “structured” writing at this young of an age. Invariably, other opportunities to write come in other subjects during the week so I try to keep an eye on balance.CindySParticipant
This probably does not apply to you, but perhaps it can help someone. I have learned recently that a poor speller can be tremendously helped by copying really good literature (which is all we use, right?!). It has helped turn around my 10yo’s spelling. I allowed him to help select which book and which chapter to use. (He went for 20,000 Leagues…, where the giant squid shows up.) I plan to have him work on it until such a time as he asks for a different selection. I do not expect that he will actually finish the chapter, but who knows? His 8yo brother asked to do the same thing, but I type up very short selections for him because he has not mastered reading yet and can easily get words mixed up.
Other than that, because we have a large family and many responsibilities, I have to rely on the Lord to incorporate additional copywork through other subjects, grocery lists, letters to family members, those sorts of things.
My 7 yo daughter does a DOL everyday, copywork or either her mor my choice, and a page or 2 out of a cursive workbook, which I would not have chosen for this year, except that she insisted she wanted to learn! We are part of Awana at our church, so at least twice a week, she is copying verses from her handbook. Then, the other days, she chooses a poem or I choose an excerpt from a book we’re reading. This has worked out so far. Sometimes we do a dictation from a passage she knows well, but not every week. Hope this gives some ideas. Faith 🙂nana2chaseMember
Here is an idea for older children. We’ve had to temporarily vear from CM style HS because I went back to work. Dd(13) was doing her science homework, getting the answers technically right yet not using any scientific terms. So out comes the copy work, not copying a dry text book but using the teacher manual and copying the answers at the end of each section. If copywork works in other areas it should work here as well. I want her to learn how to use science terms to answer science questions.ChristyMember
This really doesn’t have anything to do with copywork but . . what does DD, DS and DOL stand for? I feel really stupid asking but I am known to be the last person to know things. Thanks for enlighting me.ChristieMember
Christy- I am so glad you asked, I am knew to this too! And I was wondering the same thing!! HA! My husband and I guessed it may mean Dear Daughter and Dear Son! But I am probably WAY OFF!! CHRISTIEhvfth99Member
Sorry, Christy, that was the teacher in me talking…a DOL is Daily Oral Language. I give her 4 sentences out a book and we correct them and learn the rules together. It’s not very CM, but I was thinking of switching to Simply Grammar or English for the Thoughtful Child in January, when I plan to make us an official CM Homeschool. As for DD and DS, I am as clueless as you are…but made the same assumption that Christie made. Hopefully someone will clue us in soon!:)FaithChristyMember
Thank you for the info, Faith. I use English for the Thoughtful Child and really like its simplicity and gentleness. Keep up the great work! I hope to get clued in as well:.) ChristycherylramirezParticipant
You are right Christie! DS Dear/Darling Son; DD Dear/Darling Daughter; DH Dear/Darling Husband; IMHO In My Humble Opinion; HTH Hope This Helps; HTH!!ChristieMember
Great! Now we all know what we’re talking about here!!! LOL (Laughing out loud!!) Wow, computer talk! Thanks for letting us know!:)
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