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Laying the foundation for excellent writing using poetry from A Child's Garden of Verses by RL Stevenson.
Garden Verse Classic Copywork ebook is a selection of famous poems from A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is available in manuscript and italic cursive fonts.
Age range: 8-10
Format: PDF file Suitable for Mac and Windows
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 MasonGarden Verse Classic Copywork is a selection of famous poems from A Child's Garden of Verses published in 1885. Robert Louis Stevenson, the author, was a Scotchman by birth, who, owing to ill-health, became a world traveller. His literatary works are highly recommended and they appear on many notable recommended reading lists for children. His garden verse poetry is beautifully written on themes that artistically portray everday things that appear in a child's life. Perhaps his two most famous poems are My Shadow,
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.and The Swing.
How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do.But there are many more for your children to enjoy. These poems have been made into an easy to use copywork book that gives your child an excellent handwriting model. The pretty black and white illustrations add to the chosen passages. Encourage your child to read the poems aloud for some public speaking practise. Cursive handwriting is usually introduced to children around Year 4. After your child has had some initial practise in writing cursive you can use this book.
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: