For early on in the first grade year, I think one sentence is enough. And the length that you have chosen sounds good to me (I live in Vermont).blessedmom2 wrote:We are doing Adventures (and LOVE it!) with our boys who are in grades 3 and 1. I have a narration/copywork question.
Copywork is new to us and my first grader (did I mention he is a boy!?) has not yet written sentences. He can write his name and can copy a sentence, but I have not ever had him compose a story or copy more than one sentence. Today for history (day 2) I had him just copy this on his map -- "I live in Vermont."
Ok, so my question is, on Thursday we are supposed to have the children do narration, and then copy their narration on to the Leif Erickson page. He has never done this and may feel overwhelmed. Should I only have him do one sentence, and I write the rest, or have him do all of it? (3-4 sentences)
He is not really good yet about spacing his words and it often looks messy with the words all jumbled together, even when he does copywork. We are working on this but he only just started first grade yesterday. I want him to enjoy Adventures and not be too overwhelmed. He reads really well, we just have not done too much with writing yet. He does have a penmanship book he is working thru.
So how much copywork should I expect him to do? Thanks!
For the Adventures pages for him, consider letting him draw a picture and dictate a few sentences to you. When my now 2nd grader was in early first grade, she would copy just a few words. Then a whole sentence and then maybe by the end of the year 2 sentences. She can do a little more now in early 2nd grade. I found it helpful to let her copy the first words of the sentence, let me fill in the rest, and then make sure that she puts the period at the end of the sentence. That way she had practice for starting with a capital letter, using lower case and end with punctuation.
I think as you work through your penmanship book, he'll learn more about sentence length and get spacing practice. It will get there as the year progresses. Lots of little practice over the long time will be good. I still occasionally help my 2nd grader remember to put her finger on the paper to remind herself of spacing between words.