Bible Copy work (Homeschooling with the Bible as our textbook)
A few years ago, I wrote about our homeschooling methods. The posts were very long, and well, too long. So, since I still get asked about our homeschooling methods often, I have decided to update those posts into smaller more reader friendly posts. So, here is the first one.
The center of our schooling is BIBLE. We use it for everything. The most important part of our students daily schooling is copywork. If they can’t get to anything else in a day, they must do their copywork. Copying God’s WORD.
What is Bible Copying?
IN our house every student copies God’s Word. Our kindergartener all the way up to our post high school graduates.
Basically, we follow the method presented by this family. A student sits and copies the Bible word for word, letter for letter. It is to be exact and done diligently. But, we do a variation of what the Klein family does.
Here is how we do it in simplified steps:
We started copying at Genesis last year, but this year we skipped to Psalms, the older students actually copy a chapter from Psalms in the morning, and a chapter from Genesis in the afternoon. If you think the Old Testament will be hard for your student to copy and comprehend then start in an easier book, but once they start a book have them complete that book.
Read complete chapter to self. Younger students read out loud to someone else.
(see below for more information for younger students)
Draw a picture based on the chapter.
(currently I use these Notgrass Draw to Learn books to help with ideas of something to draw.)
Copy the chapter word for word, punctuation for punctuation.
Have it checked by sibling or parent.
Make any necessary corrections.
Write journal page on chapter in same book as drawing.
NOTE: I will give assignments for grammar and writing in relation to copy work.
For example: if they are copying Psalms we will do some poetry assignments or even music/lyric writing for the journal assignment.
When and how long does it take?
All students are to copy from 9 am to 10 am daily. High school students are to complete two chapters of copy work a day. A typical chapter done right takes an hour. Therefore, a high school student must make another hour in the day to copy. Junior high students need to complete a minimum of one chapter a day. Elementary students that are reading and writing independently, usually around grade 4, are to copy a minimum of one chapter a week. Younger, beginning readers participate in group reading two to three times a week, and then draw a picture and copy one verse from the chapter read during group.
How this looks with young readers:
Leader (usually mom) reads chapter to group and discusses it.