Many homeschoolers, including ourselves, use copywork as a part of their home learning. It is a wonderful way to learn or reinforce ideas, aid in memory work, and practice writing skills.
Our son doesn’t love doing copywork, unless it’s something he’s really interested in. So once a week I’ll have him copy something I choose, and one other day of the week he can do copywork of his choice.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Find Free Copywork
There are tons of resources for free copywork online. Chances are, another homeschool mama has already done just what you are thinking of and has made it available to the world!
Using a web or Pinterest search, you can often find exactly what you’re looking for without reinventing the wheel.
Here are a few to get you started:
- Free Manuscript Copywork from Simply Charlotte Mason – Poetry, scripture, and more!
- Free Copywork Pages from Classical Copywork – McGuffey’s Primer and Readers, Poetry, Genesis, etc.
- Free Handwriting and Copywork Printables from Guest Hollow – Homonyms, alphabet, character traits, etc.
- Quotes Copywork from Practical Pages – Nature, famous world leader quotes, etc.
- Free Cursive Printables from Copy Cat Books – Bill of rights, names of presidents, Thanksgiving, etc.
- Free Copywork Printables from Walking By the Way – Dr. Seuss, The Hobbit, Proverbs, C.S. Lewis, etc.
Create Your Own Copywork
If you have special font considerations or if you just want your own text to be the copywork, you have a few free options:
1. Get blank line paper and write in what you want them to copy. I know. Sooo low-tech. They can trace your text if desired and then copy below. You can find standard line paper and dotted middle line paper online and print it, or look for tablets of dotted middle line paper at Target or the dollar store.
2. Create printable copywork sheets. To do this, you need to be able to make the lines and then overlay the copy text.
Here are some resources for making your own copywork sheets:
- Worksheet Works
- Handwriting Sheet maker
- Penmanship Print Font (see details below on how we use this)
I am beginning to make our own copywork pages because we are using the Getty-Dubay system that starts littles in italic writing instead of block print.
I create dotted middle line writing sheets using the Penmanship Print font from DaFont.com. When you type with that font, it types block print with the dotted middle lines behind it. To make blank, lined spaces between the words or to make empty lines, press the “`” key (top left of keyboard, next to the “1” key.
Because we wanted italic text, and lucida is the font that most closely matches Getty-Dubay italics, I used a free photo editor called Gimp to make my copy text.
From Gimp, I opened a screenshot I took of the blank lines I created using the Penmanship Print font. Then I created text of the size and font I wanted and positioned them on the lines. I saved the text on the lines as a new image. Then I open up my word processing program again and insert the new image and then put blank copy lines below.
I’ve been making block print and italic copywork pages for my curriculum Sound Words. Here is an example of the block print using the Penmanship Print font.
To create standard lines for older kids, use a word processing program like Word or Pages and create a table that has 1 column and as many rows as you want writing lines. Adjust the width and height to what you’d like and then play with the cell borders so that only the bottom line of each cell is visible. Instant lines! Sweet.
If you want to start using copywork, find some poetry, scriptures, or sayings your kids would be interested in and try it out!
Tauna writes at ProverbialHomemaker.com about faith, family, homemaking and homeschooling. She has been married 8 years and has 4 kids 5 and under. By necessity, she has a decent sense of humor and a love of coffee. Stop by and say hello!
Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.