Charlotte Mason on Handwriting

  • “Let the child accomplish something perfectly in every lesson …”

My youngest child loves to circle or mark her most perfect letter she has copied.

If my child is discouraged by the results of her imperfect work, she is always gladdened to find some letter that was beautifully copied.

I sometimes ask my child to just give me 2 or 3 “perfect” letter (f’s) and this seems easier than copying an entire passage.

  • “Let the writing lesson be short; it should not last more than 5 or 10 minutes …”

We use a laminated handwriting charts and this makes it possible to quickly copy the alphabet.

When my children use a whiteboard marker on our laminated charts, the mistakes are very quickly erased.

I allow my young writer to copy just 1 sentence when the work seems overwhelming.

  • “The thing to be avoided is the habit of careless work …”

I encourage my children to always do their best.

If I notice their attitude is negative, I try quickly ‘nip it in the bud’ and find a way to encourage their positive approach.

Character training is so important here ~ not just handwriting!

I ask my children if Jesus would be satisfied with their work when they are being careless.  Our hearts before Him must be right.

  • “Secure that the child begins by making perfect letters and is never allowed to make faulty ones, and the rest he will do for himself.”

This principle requires ~

reminders ~ use the chart and encourage the child to concentrate on learning any difficult letter before beginning the copywork lesson.

repetition ~ practice the letter at least 3 to 5 times to relearn or correct the writing.

review ~ look over the work as it is written or as soon as it is complete to make sure that mistakes are not left uncorrected.

revision ~ any mistakes and incorrect letters must be revised on the chart or below the handwriting.

All handwriting tips, charts and booklets can be found on my Handwriting Pages.

We use copywork for our handwriting lessons and you are welcome to download copywork pages.

All quotes above were taken from Charlotte Mason Study Guide by Penny Gardner page 106.  You can read my review of this book on my Book List Page.


4 thoughts on “Charlotte Mason on Handwriting

  1. We’ve started using laminate charts that I made with a French font (the joys of bilingual home-edding, even the handwriting is ‘bilingual’).

    The thing that really made a difference for my babes was the helpful order of copying the letters that you gave in your handwriting tips. So sensible, I wonder why it’s not the norm 🙂



  2. Hi Nadene, thanks for stopping by my blog. Your blog is a great resource for busy moms-well done! I will be back to browse around your handwriting pages as I’m looking for resources for my little girl! Thanks for sharing!


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