Brave Writer Lifestyle: Copywork

September in the Brave Writer Lifestyle is for Copywork

This month’s Brave Writer Lifestyle focus is: Copywork.

The practice of copywork is as old as monks in a tower hand-lettering the ancient works of literature, preserving them for future generations. Indeed, copying someone else’s words in beautiful script is an old, revered practice.

Today, copywork allows children to explore written language in its natural habitat: living literature. By copying passages from books, your children learn the mechanics of writing in a similar way to how they learned to speak: through immersion and mimicry. Copywork can be soothing and gentle as a practice as well.

I recommend copying passages you value into your own copybook at the same time as your children copy theirs. Add a candle or two and some wordless music and you’ve got the recipe for a lovely midday practice.

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2018 Themes

January: Read Aloud
February: TV & Film
March: Big, Juicy Conversations
April: Poetry Teatime
May: Art Appreciation
June: Nature Journaling
July: One on One Time
August: Language Games
September: Copywork
October: Freewriting
November: Shakespeare
December: Celebrate!

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