Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Reviewing Memory Work & Giveaway

In the past I've had other families ask how we review memory work, especially as we've approached Memory Master Proofing in the spring. I'll be flat-out honest, though.  Reviewing memory work was not a major focus for us at first. I was in a simple survival mode and just plain relieved that we were finally touching on fine arts and science after a year of dull workbooks and an exhausted, muddled vision of where we were heading.  I wasn't even sure about the classical method but liked the fact that we now had community.

Our first year with CC, Stephen notified me in the spring that he wanted to become a Memory Master.  We were literally NINE weeks behind on timeline memorization (this was before our new and improved song which has magically converted timeline into the most favorite subject instead of the most avoided subject in our home) and SIX weeks behind on math memorization. My heart sank (how in the world were we going to catch up?!?), but I was excited to have a major goal ahead of us.  And that's about the time I started reading Echo in Celebration and The Core.

Many people use a system like Simply Charlotte Mason's Memory System or the downloadable flashcard computer program Anki, but for the past two years, we have had a memory work focus each day of the week where we reviewed ALL the material to the current date (and threw in the last 4 weeks of material as we got closer to Week 21).  It went something like this:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
History Sentences
Timeline/Presidents
CC Meeting Day
Math
Geography
Timeline
English Grammar
Latin
Science
Timeline

While this is not the most exciting way to review memory work, it was still a way that worked for us.

But for this year, it's not working as well, mainly because we are involved in what feels like a thousand things.   All we have done is listen to our CDs in the car, but I've wanted to find a way to review memory work within our schoolday that would not be so tedious, especially next semester as we approach memory master proofing.   So... I've been planning to use the Memory Work Box System over at Adventures of Bear. (It is just so great!  It shows exactly how to use the Simply Charlotte Mason System for Classical Conversations memory work.)  The problem?  Motivation.  I have not created the "box" system because I am just too lazy busy to make one.  I have thought about making a box system, but that's as far as I've gotten.  Plus, I have a tendency to spend lots of time making something, only to put it on a shelf to collect dust.  Believe it or not, I have serious ADD/ADHD when it comes to curriculum... and ideas in general.  (I know, I know, I know.  That's a major surprise.)

Let's just say that it was impeccable timing when CC Smart Mama Jaime Gravitt, (Support Manager for Georgia) over at Homeschool Story informed me of a similar system that did not require me to make something.

Memory Work System from Homeschool Story
Each week has a schedule to follow for what to review each day.


The cards contain helpful memory work tips...


and directions for adding previous cycles... and memory masters practice... and schedules for winter and summer break.

 

The cards are cute, compact, and convenient, and they fit in my purse!  In theory, I can take the Memory Master Flashcards that I already own and put them on the ring, too.  But I will probably use it more with the Foundations Guide, since I have a tendency to open up the guide way more often than use the flashcards.

One of my personal favorite things about this system:  The suggestions for adding extra cycles.  I have wanted to review past cycles but just never felt motivated on how to do it well. Jaime's ideas are so manageable!

You can visit The Homeschool Story for more details or to purchase this system for $4.00.  There's also an option to purchase a pre-laminated/cut deluxe version!

Jaime is giving away one free e-copy of the Memory Work Review System to readers of Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood!


And the winner of the Memory Work System download is...


Number 60.... Sharon S!  

Sharon says, 'My Be Real' moment this week was when I just handed my pre-printed memory work sheets to my daughter to review instead of placing them into the tri-fold board! Now let's see if they make it to their proper place before next week's memory work comes along!"

I can relate, Sharon.  Our entire year is sort of going like that.  (So.... did the memory work sheets end up in the right place?)

Thank you so much to all who left comments!  I enjoyed reading each and every one of them! 

And, finally, a big thank you to Jaime Gravitt for offering a free set of Memory Work System cards to give away here at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood!  This system may be purchased as a download for $4 at Homeschool Story (other options are also available).  Visit our Reviewing Memory Work post for more details!


This giveaway ended on November 1, 2012 at 11:59 PM CDT.
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HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

To enter this giveaway, you must leave a comment on this blog post:

stating what your favorite part of CC is,
or
telling us about a Be Real moment (either in your community or at home - related or unrelated to CC).

NOTE:  If you enter your email address in the email address field, I will have it even if it does not display.  Rest assured that your information will not be used for solicitation  - it will only be used to contact you in the case that you are the winner (or if anyone responds to your comment via the comment forum).

This giveaway ends on 11/1/2012 at 11:59PM.  Winners will be selected and announced the first week of November. Thanks for entering!
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This giveaway ended on November 1, 2012 at 11:59 PM CDT.

DISCLAIMER: We received this product in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed herein are my very own and have not been influenced by any outside source. Yep, this is my honest opinion.  For real.

88 comments:

  1. This is our first year doing CC but my favorite part is having a community of like-minded families!

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  2. My favorite part of CC is accountability! I would never get this memory work done on my own.

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  3. We love doing science experiments and hands in stuff every week at cc. I am not strong in science anyway and our director has a real passion for it.

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  4. Our favorite part of CC Cycle 1 this year has been the wonderful science experiments our campus has done. They have been amazing.

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  5. Do we leave a comment on this "Reviewing Memory Work" post or the linked post above, "Creation Science for Kids"? My favorite part of CC is the structure and framework it gives (or will give, when we get past kindergarten) to my curriculum choices. We, of course, love the community and the extra things we get to do that we would not otherwise do. And I love being able to contribute to our homeschool budget by tutoring this year!

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  6. We have moved the past 2 years, and so we've been a part of 2 different CC groups. I love knowing that my boys will be surrounded by great adults, families, and role models that share the same core values and beliefs.

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  7. My favorite part of CC is having clear goals for learning classically.

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  8. thegirlwhopaintedtreesOctober 24, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Wow! This seems like the perfect thing for getting review done. I have to say that our memory work box has not been working out that well for us after all and that Bear has requested I put the cards all back on the key ring so she can just read them in the car!


    My favorite part of CC are Weeks 12-18 when we do the Great Artists. I love teaching art so it is my favorite time. I also love the support of such a loving community as the one where we belong!

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  9. Awesome...this looks like a great idea! My favorite part of CC is the structure and the community!

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  10. We love everything about CC. My most recent ah ha moment happened last week. My boys and I love to watch Jeopardy. The question was about the Death of Socrates painting. My recently turned 10 yr old said, " Hey that is the timeline card for Golden Age of Greece." Then both boys go running through the house to point out that card. I have many more ah ha moments and this is just our second year of CC.

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  11. Oh my goodness I totally need this. My favorite part of CC is doing it with all 3 kids. I love the songs, They are so catchy!!!

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  12. This is the correct post.  I forgot to update the link (a bogus link while I was writing the post because the post did not yet have a web address).  Thanks!

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  13. This looks like a cool system! This is our first year of CC, and so far I love it all, but my favorite part lately is what the math has done for my 6yr old. She is applying the skip counting in ways I wouldn't even imagine a 1st grader could, and I'm excited for her as she understands it all.

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  14. Hi! This is such a great thing! We could have used it last year when my son studied for Memory Master. We love the community, accountability, and support we receive from the others at our campus. This is our 2nd year homeschooling, and CC has been such a blessing to us.

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  15. My favorite part of CC is Science Exp and Art. It's not at my house and there is no clean-up for me!!

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  16. I love our community. They are our friends and accountability. We love them! This looks so cool.

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  17. My favorite part of CC is seeing the excitement and pride in my girls' eyes when they can quickly spew out their memory work (and listening to my daughter recite the entire NEW timeline b/c she LOVES listening to the song; we've listened to it at least a hundred times since we obtained it last spring!)

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  18. Looks like a good idea, although I am not completely clear on how it works yet. :-)


    My favorite part of CC this year has to be the timeline. I agree the song has just changed how we approach the subject we kind of just ignored it the last two years.

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  19. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I love that memory work is set to music!

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  20. I love that my son doesn't feel like it's work. It's just us playing to music!

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  21. I love that my 3 year old can skip count his 7s because he has heard the song so much. Plus, my 5 year old loves getting to be with other kids on Mondays.

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  22. My favorite part of CC is all the support you receive from other moms and their incredible ideas! BONUS: my child LOVES to learn and thinks learning is FUN...that's the CC way!

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  23. My favorite part of CC has to be my community!! I am surrounded by so many amazing moms and feel so blessed every Friday when we get together.

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  24. My "Be Real" moment this week, was when I just handed my pre-printed memory work sheets to my daughter to review instead of placing them into the tri-fold board! Now let's see if they make it thier proper place before next week's memory work comes along!

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  25. We had a similar experience last year! Over Christmas break my 6- year old decided he wanted to try for memory master, and honestly we had barely touched the timeline. Yikes! But we did it! And I say "we" because it was a huge commitment for both of us! I usually do games with my kids to review because makes it fun, but I would like to try a system that is more regimented and makes sure that we hit everything. My children love to practice the timeline, history, science and English grammar, but we are struggling to get the declensions this year for sure! We love the great people at our campus, the accountability for the memory work that I could never do on my own, and the great curriculum that makes me feel confident that my children are getting a great education. Thanks so much for your blog!

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  26. We love CC and would love to try out these review cards. Our favorite part (as a family) is probably the timeline song. My little girls especially love singing it and the president's song over and over and over again. : )

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  27. My daughters favorite part of CC is the IEW writing and that is why I need these cards. Thanks for your website and blog, it helps alot. ;)

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  28. Out favorite part of CC is the community! And accountability. :-)

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  29. Monica @ The Homespun HeartOctober 25, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Perfect timing! I was just contemplating how to keep our review up now that we are nine weeks in! :) Let's see - our favorite part?! That will be hard to answer - but I'd have to say God's presence: in the people, in the things we are learning, in our friendships, in all and through all.

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  30. My favorite part of CC is the community. We meet each week, in person, and my kids and I get a chance to connect with others. . And the online community is also fabulous. OK, here's a "real moment" - Last Tuesday the weather was so warm, I planned a "nature day" on the spur of the moment. We almost never skip CC, but I felt the need to get my kids outside. I woke them up, told them my plans, and each of them looked crestfallen. "But we want to go to CC!" they said. What was I thinking? So, to CC we went. :)

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  31. CC has changed everything! I am so grateful for this way of learning. After homeschooling for 13 years and graduating my first student last June, we began CC this fall with my other four children. We were a bit overwhelmed at first, especially my daughter Emily who was required to memorize all of the charts!! I think my most memorable event this far is when my family arrived home late from watching 2016 with a bunch of other homeschoolers, and my daughter started doing her preposition memory song with hand motions in the kitchen--suddenly, my six year old son came running in and sang right along with her, even doing about half of the hand motions successfully! My jaw nearly hit the floor; he simply absorbed it by hearing his sister singing it all the time! How cool is it that my 6 year old knows his prepositions!! God Bless CC!

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  32. i love the fellowship, creativity, support, and love - encouraging to know/see we're not alone in this and we are helping each other be successful! and the singing...i like it, too!!!

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  33. CC has been a true blessing to our family! The Christian community has been very supportive and encouraging. The structure provided to learn the material is so helpful. I also appreciate the accountability and knowledge we cover each year.

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  34. I love hearing my kids playing around the house singing all the new grammar. I have learned more in the past 10 weeks then in all of high school!

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  35. I love CC because even when I am busy tutoring Challenge II, I know that my younger kids are learning, and being looked after by many caring moms. I love it that even my children with special needs are learning more than I ever suspected that they were capable of memorizing. CC has brought structure to our chaotic house.

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  36. My favorite thing about CC is its consistency nation wide. We were a part of CC for 5 years in Florida and just moved to TN to find that this CC group follows the same path as we did. It was a wonderful transition for my family. We also LOVE being a part of a Christian community!! These cards looks fabulous!

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  37. CC was just the challenge my kids needed and the result has been higher self esteem. (My daughter actually feels "smart" now.) ;-)

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  38. My favorite part of CC is seeing my children really loving History! Also, I'm amazed at how much a 4 year old can absorb and learn just from hearing it. CC has definitely made me feel like a successful homeschooler.

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  39. How do I remove this picture?? I don't even know how it got on my blogger profile.. help.

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  40. This sounds FABULOUS - especially for those of us with VERY limited space! Always liked the idea of work boxes, but just don't have the room for one more anything. A Deck of cards on a ring - now that fits into my backpack! (read:"Mother of young boys - carries no purse b/c she must carry lots of food and extra clothes and first aid") My 8 yr old was a memory master last year and I was already trying to think of a better way to prep him this year...looks like we might have a winner here! Thanks for always being real and providing us with new cool CC tools!

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  41. I'm able to empathize with your dilemma my friend!! I have lots of 'dreams' which I don't get done due to lack of time. I, too, need about another 6 hours or more in my day to get everything done on my 'to do' list. This looks FANTASTIC!!! I'm definitely going to check it out ... love the idea of the laminated delux version. Thanks for your site ... it has been so helpful for me and for my family ... LOVING the lapbooks.

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  42. I was reading your blog as I cut out laminated cards for memory master work! I can SO empathize with the ADHD in regards to curriculum. I just pulled out Rosetta Stone Spanish that I purchased 4 years ago for $400 and never used! Hopefully we will have time to implement it this time around! All of my time that I spend planning and cutting and laminating leaves very little time for implementing! I also agree with you in regards to the sense of community that we have at our CC. Although it is much farther away than other communities, we still enjoy getting together with friends once a week that have a similar sense of commitment to a body of knowledge that we are all learning together! I have a son in the Masters Foundation program (6th grade) that I am having a VERY hard time motivating this year. We are struggling with the decision of whether or not to put him in Challenge A next year or go with a more traditional hybrid school at our church. I appreciate your information and candor in regards to your struggles and successes!

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  43. My favorite part of CCis the friendships I as a mother have made. As a pastor's wife, it is very difficult to make friends, because who wants to be close to and real with the pastor's wife? The women in my group don't care, and I love that!

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  44. This may sound simple and obvious, but one of my favorite things about being in CC is the comfort of knowing everyone is using the same curriculum, and moving at the same pace. My child is in a different class than the one that I tutor, so we can come together during the week and she teaches me memory techniques from her tutor while I teach her mine. It's a win-win situation!

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  45. one of my favorite things is the memory work!! it has shown me that my son really IS a sponge and really CAN memorize things that he doesn't necessarily understand, and that's OK!!! :-)

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  46. My child loves going to CC, and that is priceless! No arguing about it or reviewing. Love the cards and how they would organize memorization in a very doable way.

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  47. My favorite part of CC is watching my twins grow and learn like crazy this year. This is our first year and it has been exciting! faithonfyre at yahoo.com

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  48. My favorite thing about CC is seeing my son grasp things that he has struggled to learn. In just 7 weeks, I am astonished at the transformation! Both of my kids love going to CC and never complain. Pure excitement!!

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  49. MY favorite part of CC is the guidance it provides to ensure you are covering the basics. I asked my eldest 3 who are in foundations and they like (1) Presentations (9 y.o.), (2) Tin Whistle and Science projects (9 y.o.---esp the nature walks) and (3) Science Projects (6 y.o.---specifically the owl pellet!!).

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  50. Thank you for this! I have found so much success using your memory board idea and my boys love it. It keeps me organized and is a great visual.

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  51. This is our first year in CC. There is so much I love but one of my favorite is hearing my 5 year singing the Timeline Song as he is walking around the house.

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  52. One of my favorite parts of CC as a tutor/parent is observing my students' eager collective minds and hearts coming together to spur us all on toward love and good deeds as we seek to know Him and make Him known during our weekly time together and then at home. If just one child gives a positive comment during presentations, that sets an example of being encouraging to the rest of us and we shall follow suit, PTL! If just one child shows good sportsmanship during review games, then we know it's about so much more than just winning the game - it's being Christ to each other and the world. : ) To God be the glory!

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  53. Thank you for all your helpful input on our CC journey! This is my first year and I love everything about it! I have homeschooled for a very long time and almost completely neglected art. I was so thrilled last week when my 8 year old displayed 6 weeks of artwork!! It seems with the structure of CC there are no gaps in their education. Thanks for your helpful ideas!

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  54. Wow, what a great tool. I guess my favorite this about CC is the community. I love that my kids get to learn with other kids and interact with each other. Of course, I love everything about CC, though:)

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  55. This is our first year of CC and I love the sweet community. I also feel blessed to be part of the class, sitting alongside my children learning with them. My real moment is having my 3-year request the timeline song every time we get in the car. I know we look funny riding down the road doing all our signs.

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  56. I am a new director in GA and have received much good help and advice from Jaime Gravitt. She impressed me the first day I met her at our practicum. She really knows her CC stuff! I was excited to see her name on your fabulous blog. I look forward to all your posts. I love the "Be Real" emphasis. I need that encouragement. Thanks for that. My favorite thing about CC is the abundance of resources and helps. It's great to get ideas from so many creative people. I also really love all the articles and emails from CC that help me understand the Classical Philosophy better and better.

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  57. Beth H. Scipio, INOctober 25, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Wow! As I read this post I was amazed at how it resonated with me and our homeschool. This is our first year in CC and I will say that, so far, my favorite things are the fact that we no longer have a "muddled" vision and we have a strong sense of community! Love your blog!

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  58. This is our 2nd year to be part of a CC community and I have seen my 5 and 7 year old grow leaps in bounds in their presentation skills! I love these cards..thanks for the chance to win them!

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  59. Yay, this idea is brilliant! My favorite part of C.C. are the great people! We love all the tutors and kids involved. I've already seen my kids grow in confidence and it's very encouraging. Plus, next week we get to dissect owl pellets! We're getting to do all the stuff I always thought we'd miss out on. :D it's a great homeschool companion.

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  60. Love CC! I love hearing my 4 kids singing new grammar around the house while they play! I have learned more in the past 10 weeks then all of high school!

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  61. I love it when my children make connections in their everyday lives to history sentences, science, math, art or just about anything CC has to offer.

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  62. My favorite part of CC is hearing the pins come back out at unexpected time - out of my 7 year old AND my 3 year old!!!

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  63. My favorite part of CC is schooling with like minded people. I love our community where Jesus Christ reigns supreme!

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  64. I love the fact that I have 5 children all at different stages, that this is one thing we can all do together and all be learning together!

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  65. I love everything about CC!! This is our third year, and I am continually amazed at how thoughtfully it was put together. I love that the children are gently challenged to stretch themselves, and they continually succeed. I have 3 in Challenge program this year and one in Foundations/Essentials. Love it!!

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  66. CC has been a blessing for my family. Two years ago all six of my kids were in CC, with 2 in Challenge and 4 in Foundations. The community is my favorite part and what helps the most. However, I love hearing my kids singing about what they're learning and I'm not a super creative person so all the shared ideas and materials have been wonderful.

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  67. This is my first year doing CC, and I love the community it offers up for us all over the world. I especially love helping other people make their classroom fun and engaging- which is something you do all the time, Brandy. :) Thanks for everything!

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  68. To be quite honest, we don't do a lot of memory work in our house - I am very interested in CC, but just haven't fully embraced the classical model. I have such conflicting ideas in my head!!!

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  69. My favorite part of CC is all of these families joined together for the common purpose of educating our children and bringing them closer to the Lord.

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  70. My real moment was when we were completely unprepared for presentations for CC day because of a trip and my kids had to just wing it. Did I mention I'm a tutor?

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  71. "To know God and make Him known" was, is and will continue to be the centerpiece of purpose/Biblical worldview that motivates everything for us. All the rest of the wonderful characteristics of CC is pure bonus. (Jesus Christ is Lord of ALL or not all.) I'm so thankful to get to share in God's work among His people through CC as we continually honor the promise the Lord made when He said to seek His Kingdom first and the rest will be added.

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  72. LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing, Brandy! I love how CC provides my children with a framework of knowledge to build on. They have learned so much already! including my 3 year old who isn't even in a classroom yet. : )

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  73. This is my first year doing CC and I just love all of it! My kids enjoy it as well and I'm very glad to have found such a great community!

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  74. Very interesting idea. My favorite part of CC is that my child gets to spend time with other kids who help hold us accountable for learning.

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  75. Our review has been sporadic so far, so I would love to have a system put in place for this. Our favorite part of CC is using music/songs to help aid in memorization. :)

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  76. Thanks for the giveaway! This is our first year doing CC and we are really enjoying it. I most like the accountability to stay on track and consult with other homeschooling families.

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  77. Great giveaway idea! My Be Real moment: Our "schoolroom" is a room in the basement I don't enjoy much. This is our first year homeschooling in this house and that room doesn't motivate me much. Haven't decided what to do about it yet. :) And right now the table down there is COVERED with my daughter's last-minute "I want to do the history fair that is 3 days away" project -- and not finished yet. Sigh.

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  78. My favorite part of CC is, selfishly, that I get to challenge and work my brain right along with my son. He's learning amazing things I'm pretty sure I didn't (sadly) study until college, so this whole thing is just *brilliant* to me!

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  79. Great idea! We had a mid-semester break this week and I wanted to go back to cycle 3 to review. I think my kids and I were discouraged about how we had forgotten some of the memory work! So, we wanted to implement some sort of system...and this looks like it would work. My favorite part of CC is the God / subject relationship and how I get to teach my kids that God is in charge of everything and made everything and so Truth will shine in any subject. And He is the reason we study, so that we can impact the world for his sake. My "be real" moment is finding that one thing that will motivate my son to do any type of memory work--put a sword in his hand (a fake one) and have him do chopping motions while moving across the floor and chanting! I cannot relate, but it works for him!

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  80. Wow- this is a great idea. I printed the Charlotte Mason cards to set up the memory work this way, but then I ended up using them as triangle math fact lessons instead. So far I have written all the memory work out for this cycle, as we're learning it, on notecards so please save me from myself. My favorite part of CC is seeing how much my children enjoy the memory work. Learning is a fun game for them and they're so young. I'm amazed at how much they retain. My middle child is not reading, but she keeps up with the memory work and with her older sister so well. My baby, who can't talk yet, makes syllable and sound appropriate noises to the Latin songs- it's very fun to hear and listen.

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  81. My favorite part of CC is watching my kids learn things and retain them--even my three year old!

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  82. My favorite part of CC is the community that we are now a part of. I no longer feel like I have to go it alone! It is truly a blessing to have their experience, advice, and most of all, their support!

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  83. CC has given us a sense of accountability. We have also made some amazing friends. Not to mention all that we have learned! (adults too).

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  84. My favorite part of CC is the classical education model and the fact that it is so well planned and put together. It makes it really easy for this mama who sometimes has a hard time planning things out and getting down to business. With CC, I'm able to educate my kids with a sense of accomplishment. I also love that it is God integrated and focused!

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  85. the fellowship with like-minded families!

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  86. I love that CC offers a concise curriculum that is in one spiral bound book for Foundations and that it is so easy to memorize with the songs that my 2 year old will sometimes be trying to the best of his ability to belt out the songs with my 4 and 5 year old. I love our CC community and the opportunity that provides for sharing ideas and building friendships in the Lord around a home-centered education.

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  87. How cool is that memory work system!! We love the ring system!! Favorite moment---i need to start writing these down!! (don't we all) my 13 year old just introduced typing to my 8 year old! This morning she ran downstairs asking....."Can i please do a week's-worth of typing? I just LOVE it!!" Love those moments of enthusiasm!! My favorite part of CC and homeschooling----is doing it ALL to glorify our precious Savior! :) Dana

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  88. I hope I'm not too late for the giveaway. For me I love the flexibility and simplicity of CC. Each piece of memory work is for a purpose later on. Also, the common memory gives our community a basis for discussion. Thanks for the memory work encouragements!

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