The following is a guest post from Stef.
I hate copy work. I think it stems from a punishment assignment I received when I was a little disobedient girl. I can imagine with my dislike for it how much my own son groans to do it.
Rather than find “formal” hand writing practice curriculum I take a more unschooling approach and squeeze in extra handwriting activities to our every day.
- Grocery Lists – Yes, I have to spell zucchini for him, but he’s still getting practice! *do not try this 5 minutes before its time to leave – it’ll drive you crazy.
- Thank You Cards – Birthdays, Christmas, any time he receives something, he is encouraged to write a thank you card. We’re southern – it’s sorta expected and honestly I feel this helps grow a grateful child.
- To Do Lists – Have errands to run, chores to do, subjects to teach? Have your homeschooler make a to-do list!
- Chapter Books / Short Stories – My son loves creating Batman “chapter books.” Each page is one chapter which includes adjectives, adverbs, story line and illustration. He loves to read them to us – which you could contribute to “public speaking practice”! *he does get a bit frustrated when I spell check – but as far as flow I do not correct.
- New Vocabulary Words – Each Monday we kick off 4 new words from his Dictionary he writes the full definition. (ok, this is flat out copy work). The following day he must write them in a sentence. And just like ToastMasters – we holler, knock on tables, and applaud if he uses them in conversation.
- Pen Pal – We’re always on the hunt for a pen pal to exchange letters. At this age (8) it’s all about superheroes or Star Wars – but he’s writing!
Do you have a unique idea to add more writing practice to your schedule?
The Happy Housewife here – I love these suggestions for thinking outside of the box in creative writing opportunities! I would like to say that I think there is a time and place for some copy work. My children often write out memory verses and spelling words as well as dictionary definitions for new vocabulary etc. I think the point of this article is to remind us that just copying words and sentences all the time can stifle and discourage our students especially with those who struggle in writing or need the ability to express themselves creatively in writing.