Monday, September 13, 2010

Review: Giraffe Copywork

I pretty much decided we’d skip on “handwriting” stuff in our homeschool.  Forever.  I mean, which neurosurgeon really needs great handwriting?!  Let’s stay focused on the important stuff, like what your medulla oblongata is!

But then we got the opportunity to review the Giraffe Copywork & Fun unit from Homeschool Bits, and I fell in love with this picture, pencil-grip and all.

IF we were to do handwriting, copywork is the way to go.  Not only do the kids get in handwriting practice, they learn about what they are copying, be it a hymn or Bible verse, animal facts, whatever.

So…  Let’s talk about what we thought about Giraffe Copywork, suggested for grades K-5.
  • The copywork came in a myriad of levels, so you could find the level that suits your child best, or you could use the same text for multiple children at different levels!  There was the level I set out for Esmé: simply tracing some of the words in block print.  We could also have chosen cursive.  There is the option to trace the entire text in block print, or in cursive.  If you don’t want the tracing, there is a fill-in-the-blank option for the shorter attention spans, or your child can copy the entire thing, either on wide-ruled or handwriting-lined paper.
  • The topic was appealing!  What kid doesn’t love giraffes?  (A giraffe was the very first animal Esmé really noticed as a baby during our excursions through Kruger National Park.)  We learned a lot of facts I hadn’t been aware of.  Did you know a giraffe has seven bones in its neck, the same amount a human has?  The copywork was interspersed with giraffe pictures to add visual appeal.
  • And it was a lot more than copywork!  The fun included a couple of coloring pages, two levels of word searches, and a page of website links to more giraffe facts, videos, and crafts.

Introductions:  “Giraffe, meet Pony!”

Giraffe Copywork & Fun!At this age, what better way to learn than to incorporate play?  And we got that.

Do you want to join in the fun?  Right now, Giraffe Copywork & Fun is available for download from CurrClick for just $0.50.  Definitely worth checking out if you’ve got kids in K-5 levels.

I’m giving this product a 5/5 (Excellent) due to its affordable price.  Thanks to Heart of the Matter for this review opportunity.


ShEiLa said...

I think copy work is great for writing... not so much for neurosurgery. ;)