I have a quick question for you. I’ve begun having my children spend ~8-10 minutes (3-4 times/week) typing out Scripture chapters/long passages that they’ve memorized in the past. I’m considering including some good literature passages, as well. What’s your opinion on this? Does their “Copywork” NEED to be done by hand, or can they receive the same benefit by typing good literature?
There are really two different skills here. I type a good bit, almost all day long every day, but when I write by hand, I give out physically. *I* need to do both. How much more do our children?
There are indeed benefits of literature that come just by reading great literature. Typing literature is great too because it sticks even better if you are looking deeper at the passage as you type it in. Memorizing literature is great–you have it with you for life. ALL of these skills are super. AND literature is the most perfect content for learning the skills that your children will need for life because you are always getting more than typing ASDF_ or reading for a comprehension test. BUT, beloved, there is sooo much more that is taught in each and every one of these means. There are so many reasons to use each of these timeless models.
I believe that this is the reason that the schools of our day are so inferior. They have taken away the techniques that were used all throughout Scripture and used for millenniums to educate the world. They have stripped lessons of their “ideas” that feed the heart, soul, and mind. Now, we have no idea what we are to do or why we are to do it.
Copywork is rich. There is so much taught by that one little discipline, that I could write another whole book JUST on the riches of Copywork.
To answer your question, I would not substitute typing for handwriting. I consider them two different and very valuable skills. I recommend having BOTH in your lessons. If I had to choose ONE for a young, reluctant writer, I would still choose handwriting. They will never do anything in life that will not require good, clear penmanship. In addition, their character and literacy is judged by their penmanship. The key to creative writing and self-education, which will come as they get older, is developing endurance to read, study, and record every day in these younger years. These are the years that they need to learn not only how to write, but how to build those muscles up so they can write as long as their mind thinks later!
Hope this helps! Thanks for your question. If you need more help, just drop me a line!