I love when God uses my kids to bring conviction to my heart. My oldest son, who is 11, has worked toward something this school year that I wasn’t sure he could do. We use a curriculum for homeschool called Classical Conversations. He is testing for what we are calling Triple Memory Master, which shows that he has mastery over three years of material. Every question correct. Not one wrong. There were a small group of kids that even had the ability to try this – less than ten. The criteria we established was that they had to be in their last year of CC’s foundations program, and they had to have been Memory Masters of a single cycle before. Of that group, some said no right away, because they had too much on their plate, or because the goal seemed unreachable. The rest agreed to work toward it and came to the reviews. There were some that bailed early on in the process, once they saw the enormity of the task. Some made it almost to the end of practices, but couldn’t wrap their minds around how to accomplish something that big. One other child chose to go for it with my son. They pushed their current cycle’s Memory Master test up two weeks in order to give themselves a bit of extra time to study for the preceding two cycles. They worked their tails off, trying to bring this data back up to the forefront of their minds. They had extra study sessions together and spent hours studying alone. They made flash cards and pictures and all sorts of aids to help them remember the information. Today they became Triple Memory Masters. They finished well, striving for excellence, completing something few would even try.
Last week at Classical Conversations, we taught about crystals. I tried (unsuccessfully) to grow the amazing alum crystals I saw online and I was so disappointed that nothing happened! Luckily, Borax crystals grow overnight, so I was saved. Here is how we did it! Continue reading
In a previous post, I talked about the verbal cues I give my CC students to help them remember what Latin conjugation list goes with what tense. Another way I introduce and review this information is to have them write it out on a chart. Part of the reason is because I know not all students learn best verbally, so having them write it out each week will benefit those children. But perhaps the most important reason is I do this is that Latin is not a spoken language. As they move into Challenge, they will need these conjugation charts memorized in order to help them when they begin to really work with Latin. It’s not super helpful if they think future perfect tense, singular first person is “arrow”. They need to know that although it sounds like that, it’s actually written “ero”. It’s helpful to have practice writing it correctly, as well as looking at it written while they sing the song.
One of the things that our family is very involved in is classical education. We were introduced to the concept through an informational meeting for Classical Conversations over 5 years ago. We began when my oldest was in kindergarten at a local campus and have loved it! My first year I just drank it all in. My second and third years, I substitute tutored and the last 2 years I have been able to tutor my own class, and train the tutors at the CC Practicums.
One of the things I love about tutoring is the ability to give kids the tools they need to really master the information they memorize on a weekly basis. I try to memorize it right along with them, so I think up tips that help me and share them with my students. Today it crossed my mind that maybe I could share them on my blog as well. A lot of them are corny, but they help me immensely! I’m hopeful that there are moms and tutors that would benefit from some of my crazy ideas. Continue reading