Bear really enjoys copywork. I choose poems or write out sentences for her to trace or to read and copy. Initially, the sentences I chose went along with our Classical Conversation history sentences and I used handwritingworksheets.com to create a printable. I got tired of using up ink for those, though. Now, she is copying things from her First Language Lessons book – namely the poems. She usually requests certain poems that aren’t even meant for copywork. I bought a pad of primary lined paper and write her copywork in pencil. She traces it in colored pencils. Sometimes I choose a light colored pencil and she traces in regular pencil. Sometimes I put a dot where she should start each letter, especially letters I know she still writes incorrectly, like the f and the m and n (she starts the two latter from the bottom and starts the f as if it were an l).
This was a poem to teach the days of the week in one of the FLL1 lessons. She requested it as copywork.
This story was a FLL assignment (to use the pronoun I and write a story involving yourself). Bunny is the name of her doll (named after Bunny of Discovery Days and Montessori Moments, I kid you not). She dictated the story to me and was to copy it.
Long pieces of copywork don’t always get finished and I don’t require that she finish at this point.
Copywork is important because it allows a student to practice good writing (and I don’t mean penmanship, although it aids in developing that as well). By copying her narrated story, she gets to practice where a sentence starts and ends and the conventions used to depict those, as well as other punctuation marks. It does transfer, eventually, and my husband and I have noticed some transfer in her own creative writing. She has begun using periods to mark the end of sentences. Copywork also allows her to be able to start writing smaller.
As for creative writing, she loves to get new sheets of stickers, stick them all to a page and then write her own story. We have been doing these since she was 24 months. She would put all the stickers on the paper and then dictate her story. Now she writes them herself.
Here is one she wrote over the weekend. She wrote a great one with princess stickers during our trip to Costa Rica, but I can’t seem to find it.