In Part One and Part Two of our series about writing for the homeschool community, we talked about some of the main components of the Charlotte Mason Method of education. In Part Three, we explored how to create copywork. This month, we’re going to take a look at what other types of resources we can create as writers that will support families who are homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason Method.
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Copywork is a key component of the Charlotte Mason Method, but it is also enjoyed by many homeschoolers who do not use her method exclusively. You can create copywork that is connected to the themes you write about or you can create it based on Scripture, classical literature, etc. The first thing you need to know about creating copywork is there are three popular styles of handwriting you will commonly encounter: print, cursive, and manuscript (sometimes also referred to as D’Nealian manuscript). You will see many font programs that offer one or two, but fewer that offer all three. You will also find that some programs offer a dotted font without lines and also with lines. If you are going to use your materials commercially, you need to be sure you have the appropriate license to use the font for that purpose.
Last month, we introduced Charlotte Mason and discussed her influence on homeschooling. Her method is popular among many homeschool families, and it’s important to understand it so you can create resources that support families who follow this method. So far, we’ve talked about living books, copywork, dictation, science, and nature study. Let’s explore some additional topics today.
Do you know who Charlotte Mason was? If you want to write for the homeschool community, you’ll need to know some terminology regarding some popular homeschooling methods. You’ll see the Charlotte Mason method (or CM method) referred to often, especially among families with younger children. It’s a popular method that encompasses many areas of study. We’ll start our study of the Charlotte Mason method with a look at who she was and some of the key elements of this philosophy. We’ll finish our study next month and then look at resources you can create that support the Charlotte Mason method.
I closed the lid to my laptop, putting it to sleep for the night. Sleep is what I needed, too, but I doubted I would get much.
I pushed my chair away from the desk at the head of my bed, turned off the lamp, and crawled under the covers. I was tired of trying to figure out where I fit in this world of writing and editing and marketing. What was my purpose? Did anyone care what I had to say? Why on earth had I spent the last two hours struggling with rules governing comma placement?