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:
CC Meeting Day
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
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.
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.
---------------------------------------------------------------------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,
telling us about a Be Real moment (either in your community or at home - related or unrelated to CC).
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This giveaway ends on 11/1/2012 at 11:59PM. Winners will be selected and announced the first week of November. Thanks for entering!
---------------------------------------------------------------------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.