Tips for Getting Started with Copywork; Scheduling it and executing it
There are many ways to schedule/carryout your copywork sessions. Here are just a few ideas:
· Make your sessions short. Assign a time limit, say 5 or 15 minutes. You do not have to have student complete the copywork in one session (if it is a long passage). Making student sit and finish the assignment and it takes hours is probably not really conducive.
· You can do copywork daily; or however many times a week you wish
· Preselecting passages as well as concepts you wish to focus on will probably make it easier to “pull off.”
· If student shows resistance, you might let him/her select from a group of passages or let him choose the topic.
· You might choose just one copywork selection per week, or choose a different one each day.
You can vary the content:
· Work on one theme the entire week with a different passage each day
· Work on one theme per week, with the same selection for the duration of the week
· You can select a different daily theme or content area.
o Example: Sundays – Science content; Mondays – Ahadith; Tuesdays – Literature; Wednesdays – Poems; Thursdays – Quraan, etc. For students copying words, you might try having them copy food labels/packaging for variety.
· Have student correct his work with the model
· Supervise younger students
· Use in conjunction with dictation if you wish
· Younger students might like to write on a whiteboard or in a medium such as rice or sand.