Because no one has yet stepped up to the plate for this tutoring position that’s open for our Classical Conversations Community, I’ve been on a mad dash to find or create a few games that we can play for memory work review time (while still praying for God to send someone else, mind you. You can read all my reasons why God should send someone else here.)
First of all, I decided to create a few homemade review dice as something I can just use and wing it if I don’t have my ducks all in a row because, inevitably, I don’t have all my ducks in a row from time to time. The boys liked the idea and actually helped me to decide what would go on the “voice” die and what would go on the “actions” die. You can pick and choose which dice to use, as the download includes a subject die, an action die, a voice die, and a weekly die. (Note about weekly die: During review time, tutors are supposed to review the previous six weeks’ memory work. The weekly die is just a way to randomly select the week from the previous six weeks, but it is optional.) You can download the Review Game Dice here.
|CC Review Game Dice|
If you have not yet subscribed to CC Connected (the online subscription service on the Classical Conversations website), I highly recommend it. This is the type of stuff you can find, in addition to PowerPoint slides, worksheets, copywork, and mp3s of our memory work put to music. It is my lifeline – I’ve downloaded hundreds of files from there. It’s only $6/month for those who are enrolled in a CC Community.
Other games you can use for Classical Conversations:
- Trivial Pursuit
- Family Feud
- Connect 4
- File Folder Games for Math
- Ellen J McHenry’s downloadable Latin, Math, and Science games
This is not an exhaustive list, as you can usually figure out some way to incorporate our memory work into games. Just wanted to provide some ideas to get your brain cranking about how to make memory work fun! If you have a board game, think of a way you can ask questions from review instead of questions from the game. You don’t have to have a template to do this, though it’s really nice when you do!
For Candyland, a tutor or parent had made some card templates for Cycle 2 – the front side had the squares, back side had the questions. I still have not seen them up on CC Connected for Cycle 3 yet but am hoping to see them soon! You can just use the cards that come with the game and assign certain color/number combinations to particular categories (e.g., 1 red square = Math question).
You would probably want to create memory cards for things like fine arts vocabulary (e.g., matching “half-note” with a picture of a half note). Someone has already created resources like this on CC Connected. Susan Paradis has Piano Teacher Resources that can also be used for general music theory, including this memory game (though it’s not created to go with our particular memory work). Check out all of her downloadable games here.
I’ve made a Trivial Pursuit game for CC for Cycles 1 & 3 and posted it to CC Connected. I’m not sure I’ll make a board for it (which means you’ll need to own the game), but I’m making the cards. Here’s a sneak peek:
I’m not sure when I’ll have Cycle 2 cards available. This summer has proven to be a busy one and I’ve just not had the time! When (or If ever) I finish, I will upload them to CC Connected. But you don’t need my cards to use Trivial Pursuit! You can just use a Trivial Pursuit game, reassign each color to a certain memory work category, and ask questions from that particular week.
Jeopardy & Sequence
For Jeopardy and Sequence, visit Karin at JKDewey. (I’m not sure if she still sends the materials for a small fee, but her stuff is GREAT!)
|Jeopbardy Board in a Box from Karin in Orlando.|
|Sequence gameboard from Karin in Orlando.|
For Jeopardy, you can also just print and laminate (or place in page protector) a file called JEOPARDY.pdf on CC Connected.
Split up into two teams, have one member from each team come to front. Place a bell or buzzer or “that was easy” button between them. Ask the question and play just like Family Feud. But be careful – some children do not like games like this because of the competition. You can make taking score optional, or create some “Will the Winners Lose” cards so that you never know if they’re going to earn points, subtract points, or give points to the other player. (The “Will the Winner Lose” game is another fantastic download from CC Connected.)
Ask students a question, if they get it correct, they place the checker in the Connect 4 slot. I know, I know, I know. It’s not profound, but just to show you that you can incorporate memory work into almost anything…
Also visit our updated list of review games here.