All About Learning Press Explains Why Copywork Doesn’t Always Work

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All About Spelling author Marie Rippel releases new blog post discussing copywork and whether it’s effective in helping children learn to spell.

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Copywork doesn’t provide the phonetics-based approach to learning that helps children make sense of spelling.

Copywork—the exercise of copying words from a written example or model—is often chosen as a method of teaching penmanship, spelling, and grammar. But is this popular method the most effective way to teach spelling? Author and curriculum developer Marie Rippel recently released a blog post explaining Why Copywork Doesn’t Always Work.

“Copywork is a rich and useful method of teaching many subject areas, but it isn’t always effective in achieving long-term retention in spelling,” says Rippel. According to Rippel, copywork is best-suited for visual learners and may not be as effective with students who are easily distracted. Additionally, copywork doesn’t provide the systematic instruction and review that many children need in order to succeed in spelling. “Copywork doesn’t provide the phonetics-based approach to learning that helps children make sense of spelling,” says Rippel. “Instead, copywork depends on the mechanics of visual memory to help a child learn to spell.”

The All About Spelling program is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach and incorporates multiple ways to reach visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. The program is specifically designed to teach children the way they learn naturally—through sight, sound, and touch. The "open and go" lesson plans are lightly scripted, so previous teaching experience is necessary, and lessons require just 15 to 20 minutes per day. With lifetime support and a 100% money-back guarantee, it’s no surprise that All About Spelling was described by homeschooling curriculum specialist Cathy Duffy as “one of the most popular spelling programs among home educators” in her book, 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum (Grove Publishing, 2012).

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