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Subject: Copywork
Date Posted: 2/13/2008 4:19 PM ET
Member Since: 6/10/2007
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Those of you using a Charlotte Mason-style education:

With regards to copywork, how do you handle it? Do you require perfect penmanship? What about misspelled words? Do you make your child go back and correct the errors?

I think the point of copywork is perfection, but I'm not sure how far to take it.

What do you do?

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 11:23 PM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2005
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My 2nd grader does copywork and I have made him re-write it if his handwriting is sloppy.   I can't remember him re-writing for misspelling and I don't know if I was being lax, having mercy, or he hasn't mis-copied a word yet. 

I generally play these kinds of things by ear.  I don't know if that's good or bad.  But if my child is having a bad day or is frustrated I will tend to overlook something that on a better day I might not.  Sometimes I don't want to ask him to re-do and risk a total melt down.  But there are other times when I see a pattern of laziness or sloppiness and decide it's time to nip it in the bud.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:46 AM ET
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I use StartWrite to make copywork selections - they copy the work on the line underneath, so unless they aren't paying attention, there aren't any spelling errors.  I very occasionally will ask them to re-write something that's really sloppy, but not often.  I guess my goal in copywork is to have them improve on their handwriting, and so I'm not requiring a high level of perfection, as long as I see that they're not rushing through it and scribbling out the words (they're 1st and 3rd).