Copywork phrases

SAYINGS, WISE AND OTHERWISE.
Anger punishes Itself.
All is not lost that Is in peril.
Blind men’s wives need no paint.
As is the workman, so is the work.
Abundance, like want, ruins many.
Use pastime so as not to lose time.
Trip broth is better than no porridge. (I have no idea what this means)
Try the ice before you venture upon it.
Better cut the shoe than pinch the foot.
As long lives the merry life as the sad.
A good word is as soon said as a bad one.
An old cat laps as much as a young kitten.
Better one word in time than two afterwards.
Two fools in a house are too many by a couple.
Better fare hard with good men than feast with bad.
Affairs that are done by due degree are soon ended. (I’m not sure what this one means, either)
Better go to Heaven in rags than to hell in embroidery.
An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.—Cato.
He merits no thanks that does a kindness for his own end.
He that is needy when be is married, shall be rich when he is buried.
He that is poor all his kindred scorn him; he that is rich all are kin to him.
An ape’s an ape; a varlet’s a varlet, though they be clad in silk or scarlet.

From an 1898 Good Housekeeping

To use for copywork for an older child- year 4 or so, I would think, copy and paste to a word document, doublespace them, adjust the font to suit you and print them out. Let a smaller child get some practie with scissors in by cutting them into strips. Put them in a jar or other container and occasionally let your student pull one out to use for copywork.
Most of the time copywork should come from the books the students are reading, and the children should choose the passage to copy themselves.* But occasionally it’s nice to take a break from the work of choosing, to pick something with a touch of novelty. One of these might prompt some interesting discussions.

*(At other times when you have noticed your student is rather lax about apostrophes or capitalizing proper names or some other mechanics of grammar issue, you would choose copywork from their reading which includes examples of the little point you want your student to notice.)

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2 Comments

  1. Cindy
    Posted May 22, 2018 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Affairs that are done by due degree are soon ended.

    I think it means if you don’t blow things out of proportion, they end more quickly. Don’t complicate things with drama, maybe.

    • Headmistress
      Posted May 22, 2018 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

      Ah.. Or.. maybe, just get things done steadly, a little bit at a time, and you get through them faster?

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