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    A Boy’s Copywork

    January 8, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    I spent part of Quiet Time today typing up copywork for my son. I was going to post an iPaper example via Scribd right here for your viewing pleasure but they did not have my font and also I didn’t pass the copyright test. Apparently, documents can be kicked off of Scribd if they contain even an excerpt of copyrighted material.

    But that is not the purpose of this post.

    So my son is now selecting his own excerpts for copywork. Talk about making life easy for me. I’m spending less than half the time I once spent because he’s doing the selection process for me.

    And I’m learning a bit about him, and probably a bit about boys in general.

    I really thought that I was trying to choose boyish copywork. I didn’t get fixated on pretty flowers. Occasionally, I did select a well-written landscape description, but they weren’t particularly girlish.

    Or were they?

    I have only typed out three pages so far {he does one page per day, for those of you who want to know}. So far we have:

    • Two examples of slapstick humor
    • One instance of a foul odor
    • One description of the fine workmanship of a spider web
    • One instance of a rat keeping a collection of “nasty objects”
    • One disagreement between siblings

    I’ve flipped through what’s coming up. Soon, we’ll have:

    • A dirty pig getting a bath
    • A rat who ate so much his tummy was “like a jelly jar”
    • Someone dying of dehydration

    Something tells me that copywork would be much more popular with boys if teachers spent time picking out the dirtiest, smelliest passages they can find.

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    1 Comment

  • Reply Rahime January 9, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Something tells me that copywork would be much more popular with boys if teachers spent time picking out the dirtiest, smelliest (is that the way to spell that?) passages they can find.

    🙂 You’ve got that right!

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