Copywork and the Christmas Sweater

Copywork and "The Christmas Sweater," why would the two go hand-in-hand?  Copywork is all about wanting to impart wisdom, values, life lessons, and strong principles within children. "The Christmas Sweater," by Glenn Beck, provides all a mom could ask for and more! Plus, this is the perfect read right after the holidays reminding us of what's really important. Turns out the "ugly Christmas sweater" you received was one of the best gifts ever!

Homeschooling can make for some long days; but, they can be made better with copywork. Copywork does more than create opportunities for wise words to sink into a child's psyche it also provides the ability for a child to learn grammar and punctuation, spelling, and improved handwriting too!

It's a new year and it's time for newness within home-schooling routines. Who's with me? If you'd like to integrate copywork why not start, right alongside me, with Copywork and "The Christmas Sweater"? Following are the top 12 excerpts my two oldest kid's (ages 9 and 11) will be sitting down to write out soon:

1.)  "Life is what you make of it. There's always fun and laughs right under your nose if you're willing to open your eyes to see it.

Most times we're so focused on what we think we want that we can't appreciate how happy we already are.

It's only when we forget about our problems and help others forget theirs that we realize how good we really have it." (The Christmas Sweater, pg. 52)

2.)  "At some point you have to realize that everything happens for a reason. It is up to you to find that reason, learn from it, and let it take you to the place you're supposed to be - not just where you have ended up. You can either complain about how hard life is, or you can realize that only you are responsible for it. You get to choose: Am I going to be happy or miserable?" (The Christmas Sweater, pg. 108)

3.)  "You have to realize that no one is meant to carry the load alone. We're all in this together." (The Christmas Sweater, pg. 130)

We're in this Together - Word Overlay by Jennie Louwes - Image Provided by Nyabuto Onkundi - Freely Photo's

4.)  "We all face challenges and tests, some bigger than others. They're meant to strengthen us and prepare us for the road ahead. Not just for our sake, but for all those we encounter along the way. I don't know what God has planned for us, but I do know we're meant to conquer it. He will never leave us in a place without the strength and knowledge we need." (The Christmas Sweater, pg. 133)

5.)  "People probably ask you all the time what do you want to be when you grow up, but that's the wrong question, isn't it? The 'what' doesn't matter. The question people should really ask is, 'Who do you want to be when you grow up?'" (The Christmas Sweater, pg. 169)

6.) "People are meant to be happy, but sometimes that's hard to do if you've allowed yourself to become someone your're not." (The Christmas Sweater, pg. 171)

7.) "Sometimes our strengths are also our weaknesses. Sometimes to be strong you have to first be weak. You have to share your burdens; you have to lean on other people while you face your problems and yourself. That's hard to do, but your family is there to provide a shelter from the storms that come in everyone's life." (The Christmas Sweater, pg. 185)

8.) "You have to find your way back to the things that will give you lasting happiness, and you can't buy them in a store." (The Christmas Sweater, pg. 191)

9.)  "Silence is important; it's the only time you can hear the whispering of truth." (The Christmas Sweater, pg. 202)

Silent Prayer - Word Overly by Jennie Louwes - Photo Provided by Diana Simumpande - Freely Photo's
10.)  "Life is here to be shaped and molded into what you want it to be, but you've done the exact opposite; you've let life shape and mold you." (The Christmas Sweater, pg. 206)

11.)  "The two most powerful words in any language are 'I am'. Those two words contain all the creative power of the heavens themselves. It was God's answer from the Burning Bush to Moses's question, 'Who shall I say sent me?' - 'I am that I am.' It is the name of God." (The Christmas Sweater, pg.206)

12.) "I am happy; I am strong; I am a good person; I am worthy." (The Christmas Sweater, pg. 207)

Worthy - Word Overlay by Jennie Louwes - Image Provided by "I'm Priscilla" - Freely Photo's
One quote/passage a day will have my kids pondering life's truths and lessons in a way that they haven't thought of before. I'm looking forward to the copywork journey ahead of us; Copywork and "The Christmas Sweater" is what my family needs to stay warm during this month of January, how about yours? A warmth for our heart of hearts. 

He will change your soul.


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