Our New Tradition: The Nativity Story as Copywork

For the last week or so I have been trying to come up with a new tradition to implement that we could do every day as part of “school” but also something that really focused on God. We are reading about Jesus’ birth every day from The Bible Story by Arthur Maxwell but I still wanted something more.

Camden was working on her copywork from Writing With Ease today and kept gushing about how much she looooooved copywork and how it was her favorite subject. It then dawned on me to incorporate that.

So, I decided (with her overwhelming and eager approval) that we would start a new tradition of turning the Nativity Story into copywork. I decided to use Luke ch 2: 1-16 and break up the 16 verses over 24 days so that we’ll complete it on Christmas Eve.

Each day she will copy a verse and then cut it out and glue it to a poster-board so that we are reading more and more of the story each day from her own hand. We are also reading the entire thing from the Bible itself each day. My guess is that she’ll have most of it memorized by Christmas Eve.

As she gets older we’ll add more verses or add in the stories from the other books. Eventually we’ll move on to having her write it from dictation or even from memory. I’d also have her add in the verse numbers and maybe do it in cursive or calligraphy, etc.

Here are pictures from our first attempt at our new tradition. It’s not very fancy this year since we just threw it together today. Camden spiced it up with her picture of baby Jesus. I had to suppress a laugh when she showed me her finished work. It looked to me as if baby Jesus was on fire and I also thought it was funny that he was swaddled in a pink blanket. That is Camden for you. 🙂

I will also link to the PDF files for the copywork in case anyone else would like to do this with their kids as well. If they are too young to copy it you could just cut them out and have them glue one onto a poster-board each day. When you go to print the files, just print page 1. Page 2 on each PDF can be ignored.

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

Day Six

Day Seven

Day Eight

Day Nine

Day Ten

Day Eleven

Day Twelve

Day Thirteen

Day Fourteen

Day Fifteen

Day Sixteen

Day Seventeen

Day Eighteen

Day Nineteen

Day Twenty

Day Twenty-one

Day Twenty-two

Day Twenty-three

Day Twenty-four

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2 Responses to Our New Tradition: The Nativity Story as Copywork

  1. deldobuss says:

    Great idea!

  2. Robin says:

    I love it! I think we will make a tradition like this too!

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