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January 04, 2007


Mary Beth P

Thank you for responding to Jeanne's comment. I, as you know, also have boys, only one of whom is as of yet literate. Writing is close to torture for Richard, so I would also not be able to use it as a consequence. I think this post is great, because it emphasizes how important it is to know the child when correcting inappropriate behavior. This is another reason why hoeschooling is so great. I shudder to think what the old days of writing your spelling words 20 times each, which we had to do as detention, would do to my reluctant writer.


What you say makes sense to me. Thinking back, I was probably the kind of little girl for whom copywork-as-consequence would have "worked," also, especially with careful choice of the passage. But oooooh, woe, it would not work with my particular guys!

Thanks for taking the time to elaborate.


OOh, the word smarmy is so perfect here!! Great idea, my Violet is due for some copying as a consequence, must be our New Years stupor we still seem to be locked in!! Thanks for the great idea by the way!! Blessings to you and yours!!


I like this explanation and think it might also work witih my daughter. However, my memory is not up to easily coming up with appropriate passages in this way. Got any good cheat sheets? Or fancy producing one?


i dont have kids old enough to write, but i do remember being a first grade teacher and giving a version of this as a "reminder" for good behavior. we would make a list together as a class of how to be a good friend, (ie, talking nicely, sharing toys, etc) and when i saw that someone had forgotten how to be a good friend, i helped them remember by having them copy that list during recess time. didnt have to use it much, as it got the message home. i also used writing apology letters to the wronged party. it was short, simple and didnt use brainless copying words, but useful skills.


Unfortunately, this is one of the things that really upset my son when he was in school. When he was in first grade, his writing was laborious. When teachers tried to convey "other" messages thru writing, it just got all mixed up for him -- because the writing was so difficult for him. He couldn't think about good things if the list was about good things, because the writing experience was so horrible for him. He couldn't think about "doing better" if writing was being used as a consequence, because it was all he could do to try to squeak out the required amount of writing. There were a few times when a well-meaning teacher assigned him writing as punishment for not completing his writing on time. Her take was that he was not diligent enough and also that he needed more practice. Like Mary Beth, I'm grateful that homeschooling provides us with the opportunities to address these things individually. And, I'm grateful to the person who loaned me the Moores' books when I was just starting out as a homeschooler.

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