When we decided to take the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling, copywork was a very new concept to me. To be honest, I was a bit put off by it because I considered it to be busy work. But, once I read more about it I understood that copywork is so much more than just busy work!! It teaches grammar, vocabulary, writing skills, history, geography. . . the possibilities are endless!
Homeschool Copywork – the perfect Charlotte Mason copywork resource
There is no shortage when looking for Charlotte Mason-style copywork. However, not all of it is created equal. One of my favorite copywork resources is Homeschool Copywork. We received a Lifetime Membership ($45 value) to the site in exchange for a review. There is also a yearly membership available for $29.95, and a free membership that gets you access to the free items on the site.
When I first signed into my new account, I was blown away by all the different copywork books (PDFs) available. Ranging from hymn studies, to scientists, to poetry, there really is something for everyone. A few of my favorite ones are:
- Vincent Van Gogh
- Charlotte Bronte
- Jane Austen
- Claude Monet
- Amazing Grace
- John James Audubon
I could go on and on. There are presently 54 e-books available at Homeschool Copywork, and the majority are over 100 pages in length. Also, most are available with different lined options for all ages and stages of cursive and print.
How we used Homeschool Copywork
While my oldest child leans toward textbooks, my 7th grader and my preschoolers are perfectly happy with the Charlotte Mason way of doing things. We use Ambleside Online curriculum, and therefore always need to find appropriate copywork resources. Julia and I love the Edwardian era- books, movies, you name it. So naturally, she started her part of the review period with Courage Always Rises: Quotes by Jane Austen. The e-book is a thoughtful collection of fifteen quotes presented in both print and cursive with regular lines. It’s recommended for ages 9 and up. The quotes range from a couple sentences to nearly a full page.
We also began the Van Gogh e-book to use for our artist study. This I used with all three of my CM kids. My 7th grader used the copywork pages and all three were able to “recreate” the works of art. We started on set one but there are THREE different sets with six photos included in each.
I absolutely love all the different styles and subjects available. Since we have a lifetime membership, I’ll be able to use it for years to come. YAY!