We use Sonlight’s Language Arts and they offer weekly dictation and copywork selections from their readers.
Copywork is the basic starting point to teach both handwriting and enrich language studies. Just by copying good written examples, they learn spelling, grammar and style.
Dictation is the next phase in encouraging children to memorize the spelling and the sentences as they copy them during the week. Ultimately, our children need to improve these skills until they can write the entire passage without any help or peeping!
Because the Sonlight worksheets are in print and I want my children to practice cursive handwriting, I have printed out my beginner cursive writer’s selections in our favourite style cursive on primary lined paper.
Chosing a handwriting style is very personal. It is always best to start with basic general style and allow the child to develop his/her own flair as they mature.
We have 2 font styles we like:
I prefer the ABC Cursive font because it is the exact style our South African schools use and I used this style for our laminated handwriting charts.
My daughter prefers the loopy, more upright style of the Cursif font. We correct basic upper case letter differences and our ‘r’s. I don’t mind the slight differences as long as she writes neatly and carefully when she copies her work.
You may download the copywork pages for Reading with Easy Readers:
Copywork Dictation with Easy Readers ~ with ABC Cursive Font
Copywork Dictation Easy Readers Cursif ~ using the upright, loopy Cursif Font
More Practical Pages on Copywork and Handwriting:
Print your own primary lined pages for spelling and other writing.
Read about our laminated handwriting charts
Read about how to add your own fonts on to you computer.
Go to my Copywork pages for more free copywork pages.
I will upload my middle school child’s Nature Quotes Copywork pages very soon!