Copywork (transcribing beautifully written passages) is the foundational to train future writers. This copywork curriculum will teach your child grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, vocabulary, spelling, memorization, and best of all, spiritual thinking and character formation.
This curriculum is designed for students graduating to cursive, but do not need the guiding lines for letter size and formation. Even if your child has been learning cursive with a different font, using this cursive curriculum will be beneficial. Students enjoy trying various styles of cursive as they begin to develop their own style of handwriting.
Each week, a new passage of scripture is presented for the child to copy word for word. The child is asked to copy the passage slowly, using his best and most careful handwriting. This exercise should be given a time limit of ten minutes. If the child is not finished, he can return for ten minute sessions on subsequent days until the passage is complete.
Once the child has completed copying the scripture, he will move on to the dictation page. Instructions are in the manual for the best way to do dictation. If done correctly, dictation will develop the neural pathways responsible for excellent writing as your child develops.
After dictation is complete, the next exercise is to recite the scripture from memory and create a visual narration of the verse to further move the material from the short-term memory into the long-term memory. This ensures your child truly hides the Word of God in his heart.
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