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This is the first book in our Classic Copywork series. It is for a child who has mastered individual letters in the alphabet and is ready to begin simple copywork.
The earliest practice in writing proper for children of seven or eight should be, not letter writing or dictation, but transcription [copy work], slow and beautiful work…Transcription should be an introduction to spelling. Children should be encouraged to look at the word, see a picture of it with their eyes shut, and then write from memory…. A sense of beauty in their writing and in the lines they copy should carry them over this stage of their work with pleasure. Not more than ten minutes or a quarter of an hour should be given to the early writing lessons. If they are longer the children get tired and slovenly.’ Charlotte Mason
Use the printing version for a child who has mastered individual letters in the alphabet and is ready to begin simple copywork.
Age range: 5-6
Beatrix Potter’s stories and illustrations are a delight.
This 50 page eBook has the complete text & illustrations from four of her stories:
The Story of Miss Moppet
The Story of the Fierce Bad Rabbit
Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes
Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes
Modern manuscript (D’Nealian) is a slanted form of manuscript. It still has two different styles for print and cursive but the slant, in theory, makes the transition to cursive easier. Italics Handwriting Font Styles It is a slightly slanted font that looks similar to cursive. The same alphabet is used from printing to cursive. There are more strokes for a child to learn initially than with manuscript print. Letter formation taught to beginners evolves seamlessly into joined-up (cursive) writing. The letter formation never changes. Since italics cursive is just an extension of italics printing the difficulty some children experience when transitioning from printing to cursive using manuscript almost disappears. My sons prefer this font. Italics font include:
"Thank you for offering the Beatrix Potter Classic Copywork. My daughter will love this because she has several learning disabilities and fine motor delays and this will work perfect for her to practice her handwriting. I love how the print is on the larger size and nicely spaced which is great for kids that have reading/writing disabilities like my daughter. I am so excited to start working on this book with her tomorrow and when we are finished she will have a beautiful Beatrix Potter book which I am going to put in a 3 ring binder." Cindy W
"I really love these copywork sheets from Homeschooling Downunder. As explained in the introduction, the editors corrected the outdated grammar and punctuation contained in the original poems, so as not to confuse kids who have been taught modern grammar rules. The child progressively works their way through each step of handwriting, first with tracing inside a thin outline of each letter (21 pages), then tracing over the well-known dotted font (25 pages), and finally moving onto copying words with no tracing (28 pages). Many of the pages even have blank sections for the child to draw a picture to go along with what they have written." Amy, Heart of the Matter