Thursday, March 3, 2011

A follow-up

Kathi asked about  Gavin's copywork folder and specifically what scriptures I chose to include.  When I sat down to compile the papers, I did a Google search for "copywork for boys," looking specifically for "boy" scriptures. I wasn't overly enthused by what I found.  I eventually concluded that scripture is neither masculine nor feminine and that "all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."  That being said, I chose verses that Gavin has already hidden in his heart or that I thought would speak to him.  

I included Psalm 1 which we are memorizing in school this term.  The chapter has six verses, but he is only required to copy one per day.  The purpose is to work diligently, not become overwhelmed.  He does his better work when he feels the goal is attainable.

I included Phillipians 2:14 ("Do everything without complaining or arguing.") because it is a verse we discuss all. the. time.  in many contexts.  

I included John 3:16 because it is such a key verse to our faith. 

And I included I Corinthians 13:4-5 because, though he is at the age where love and mushy stuff seems a bit gross, everyone (girl and boy) needs to know true love. 


  1. I've done a similar search several times and haven't been excited about the results. I, too, turned to scripture. Currently, my 10yo boy is copying George Washington's Rules for Civility (not sure of exact title). Sometimes we break a rule into two days' worth of copying because smaller chunks are more manageable for him. We all just finished memorizing Psalm 1. :-) Love hearing about your homeschooling!

  2. Thanks for the follow up. I'm planning on getting some printer ink so we can print a few things off of the computer for Erin to start this next week. Such a great idea. Again, thanks for sharing!

  3. There is a great series of pamphlet type books on manners called Polite moments that I used for copy work. Written by Gary and Cathy Maldaner it addresses specific areas and hen highlights a scripture that coordinates with the manner.


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