Tuesday, April 12, 2016
TOS Review ~ Homeschool Copywork
We received a Lifetime Membership to Homeschool Copywork, which grants us access to a nice variety of e-books and notebooking pages. As Charlotte Mason centered homeschoolers, I was very excited to receive this membership. I am always on the lookout for good quality and wholesome copywork for my children. Homeschool Copywork certainly fits the bill.
On this website you may choose a Lifetime Membership, which is active as long as the website is active, or you may choose a Full Membership, which is good for one year. The site is very easy to use. The e-books are divided up by Early Elementary Copywork, Upper Elementary Copywork, and Junior High - High School Copywork. There is also a section filled with bonus notebooking pages. Each e-book has a description of its contents and explanation of whether the pages are manuscript or cursive. Some of the e-books have both cursive and manuscript in the same book. You may download as many as you wish.
For the purpose of this review we chose the e-book, Leonardo da Vinci Artist Study and Copywork. We were delighted to find this e-book since we were already studying Leonardo da Vinci. This e-book is so much more than copywork. The book begins with a quick biography of Leonardo's life. It then goes on to suggest a few activities to do, such as inventing a flying machine or experimenting with tempera paints on a variety of surfaces. Each copywork page has a quote from Leonardo da Vinci and a lined space below the quote. There is also a piece of Leonardo's artwork on each page. I like the variety of pages presented in this book. There are manuscript pages with dotted letters to trace, traditional manuscript to copy, and cursive pages. The student also has options of lined wide rule or lined primary school paper with the middle dotted line. The size of the ruled paper decreases as they move through the book to give the child room for improvement as they work. Lastly, the book has full-size pictures of some of Leonardo da Vinci's artwork for picture studies.
My children liked this copywork more than most. Anne thought that the pictures were lovely and made the pages more exciting. She also liked that the lines were bigger on some of the cursive pages. She is really enjoying cursive right now and liked the style of cursive presented in this book. Dean doesn't generally like copywork. He has mild cerebral palsy, so writing of any kind is a chore to him. However, he found the variety of sized paper a relief. He didn't feel like any of the pages were babyish, which made him much more cheerful during copywork time.
I am very impressed with this book. We are looking forward to doing more copywork books from this site. We are planning to do O Captain My Captain Copywork, Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation, Amazing Grace Hymn Study and Copywork, and The Poems of Emily Dickinson as Copywork. This is just a small sampling of e-books in the Upper Elementary section. There are also great titles in the Junior High - High School section. This site will keep my children busy for years to come. I highly recommend this website. The cost of a full membership is $29.95 for one year, and the Lifetime Membership is $45.00 for a lifetime. Check out what the other TOS members have to say by clicking on the banner below.