- Here are some basics.....
1) The formation of letters should be beautifully done. That is the first priority. Thus, the teacher shows the student some writing that is well/beautifully done (at their level.....not calligraphy at this point). Then the child is invited to join hands with the world which appreciates beauty--- ...........giving him time to develop that ability--------not total perfection, but serious attempts towards beauty. This can be done in various ways. You can demonstrate, and he can follow. You can use fontware, print out an example, and have him copy it. You can even have him write over your written example and/or the printed examples which you present as a guide to proper strokes. Such samples should be short selections at first (but grow into larger selections over time), short enough for the student to **attend** to such things as which directions strokes are made. For example, how round or oval is the fontware making the 'o', and how is that accomplished on paper.....or etc. Here is a link for free fontware:
http://desktoppub.about.com/od/fonts/p/schoolfree.htm . Some moms have purchased fontware. You could ask around on CM type lists, such as AO for advice in that area.
2) Copying with the habit of attention in place is important. It is the habit of attention that makes copywork really powerful. Without it, the information might not find a reasonable lodging place in your child's heart/mind. Miss Mason used the term 'impression' on your child's heart/mind. The child's ability to write consistently (not always perfectly) but significantly consistently at his own standard level, and the child's ability to copy what is actually to be copied bears witness to the child's attention. If the child attends poorly, you need to
assess if the assignment was too much, if the habits/skills necessary need to be broken down further, and/or if the will is the issue, and the child should be encouraged to play the part of the hero and strengthen his power of resolve (his will). In our own family, we have faced all of these situations (and possibly others). It takes a bit of discretion to discern which issues(s) need to be addressed. Thus, the parent will have the most appropriate response based on observation of the child's efforts, and heart, and not just the results.
3) Attention to capitals, punctuation and etc. can be targeted as grammar and punctuation lessons. One CM mom once gave the example of choosing material that had the word 'friends' in it repeatedly, in order to give her daughter extra practice with that word, since she
was struggling with that particular word for a little while.
Have fun! Actually, copywork, in great part, is habit
training,,,,,,,,,,and as Miss Mason says, 'habit training truly is pleasant'. If the process is not pleasant, then keep asking questions, and dig into the CM Series............