Thursday, 14 April 2016

Homeschool Copywork -TOS Review

One of the reasons I first adopted some Charlotte Mason homeschooling techniques was due to her emphasis on copy work to practice handwriting, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, composition and more. Homeschool Copywork offered the crew a chance to review their Lifetime Membership and I happily volunteered.
                          
Homeschool Copywork is a website created by Amy Belvins, a homeschooling mum of six who has successfully used copy work techniques for years. The site has a number of copywork booklets that, as a member, you can download as a PDF and print at your leisure, and what a lot they have for you to download (and the list is ever growing as more are developed). Each booklet is available with different font choices from tracing for the early years, manuscript, cursive and plain lines for the older ones.

                           

There is a big catalogue to choose from - once you have logged in you can select by age (early elementary, upper elementary, Junior High or High School) or browse the list of titles which includes topics such as;

  • Character studies
  • Poems
  • Scripture studies
  • Artist studies
  • Inventors
  • Science
  • Nature studies
  • Holidays
  • Composer studies
  • Famous people
You can also browse their bonus products which include loads of note booking pages and some colouring pages.

Each PDF is different in terms of content and size - some are over 100 pages and others 30. For example we worked on the Claude Monet Artist Study which was 34 pages. It started with an information page telling us about Claude Monet and asked us six questions to think about when looking at his paintings (everything from light, colour & mood to how you would do it differently) it also set a one page essay based on your observations of a Monet painting of your choice. Next came the copywork pages which had a series of six quotes in four different styles (this worked perfectly for me as four children each had an individual style to work on), each handwriting page has a picture at the bottom of the page. The final pages in the pack are six A4 copies of his paintings for you to use in your study.


 
 

 

We have just started working on the John James Audubon Copywork pack which is bigger at 191 pages and has 25 quotes, much longer passages and bird pictures at the bottom ofthe pages.

What impressed me the most about Homeschool Copywork was the depth of content in the PDFs, there was no twaddle just relevant quotes, hymns, poems, famous documents, scriptures, rich literature passages, pictures etc. all available in multiple font options which meant the same PDF was often suitable for multiple ages. It's also incredibly easy to assign a week or month of copywork - just print and go, no more hunting for that perfect quote or frantically typing up something suitable for them to use.


The site could be easier to navigate but in fairness the quality and choice of PDFs was so good that that became irrelevant and I am glad that she chose to focus on producing good quality, relevant and meaningful copywork. I loved that I can have copywork to match our studies so quickly and easily. 

You can purchase a lifetime membership for $45 or a 1 year full membership for $29.95. They even have a free membership where you can try out some of their products to see how they work for you.

You can see what my crew mates thought over at the TOS Blog.


 

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information provided! I think that Homeschool Copywork can be very helpful for teachers! Moreover, it’s very convenient because all you have to do is just print the materials. It’s amazing that people create such helpful resources which can become in handy for others. There was a time when I was considering becoming a teacher and I’ve already was going to find best resume service in New York but later I’ve changed my mind and chose the other profession.

Carol D. Angeles said...

Hah... Finally something different! I used to use this resource here to help me teach my kids, I finally see something different thats interesting for me. Thank you very much for this information! :)

Gregory Willett said...

Based on my experience, I can say that in such cases it is better to use the help of a professional service, such as Paid Paper cuz it may help you to save a lot of your time and be absolutely sure that your ordered text will be written by a good writer.

Sarah Freedman said...

An interesting article, but it seems to me that it only scares off students before writing the first essay or something like that. If you are not ready for such difficulties, then you better not find it https://academic-consultants.com/. I used their services for a long time, because I knew the price of my time and did not spend it in vain.

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