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  1. I've been looking for memory work for my kindergartener. Is there a website with age appropriate memory work? I've got some verses already in mind, so that's covered. I thought It's be nice to work in some neat poems, but can't seem to find any that would be simple enough for a k'er. Any suggestions?
  2. What do you do for memory work? How do you decide what is important? Does it correlate with your other studies? We are currently picking and choosing from CC Cycles 2 and 3, but I'm considering interest led memory work...
  3. We've been working on memorizing Bible verses and have about 10 so far. I'm getting a memory work binder put together and I would love if some of you could offer verse suggestions. I'm mostly looking for favorite Bible verses to memorize, but would also like to include some poems, hymns, etc. Anything you think might be good for us to work on. Thanks!
  4. We've been using the Charlotte Mason memory system with note cards in a box for a few months now. But my toddler is constantly making a mess of it if it gets left out and I'm tired of putting it all back together! I seem to remember reading somewhere on the boards of someone who did the same system, only in a three-ring binder. I'd love to hear more about that, and how you make the system work. Do you move the pages around every day? Or do you somehow keep track a different way? If anyone has used a binder for their CM memory work then can you tell me how you do it? Photos would be awesome, too! Thanks!
  5. Now that we are settled into Kindergarten a bit (with our 3 R’s) I’d like to start some memory work and some poetry well. I am at the VERY beginning with both of these and ANY advice would be welcome. :) I can’t remember if I read anything about memory work in The Well Trained Mind (we are not at home and didn’t bring my copy). I did do a quick search here and found these two resources: Living Memory, Andrew Campbell: http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/andrew-a-campbell/living-memory/paperback/product-4080865.html Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization: http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/pmb I’m unsure if either would be helpful for us, as we are just starting out. I’m looking for methods and good lists of age-appropriate poetry and memory work ideas. I have a few good Nursery Rhyme books and I think I have a book called, “Sing a Song of Popcorn” at home. I also have the Core Knowledge Books for Preschool and Kindergarten. I’m completely open to reading poetry just for fun, maybe doing a little activity of some sort….any resources, ideas here would be great. I think anything seasonal/holiday would be fun too. DS is an older Kindergartener (he just turned 6 last week). I waited to formally start him because we debated PS for so long and I wanted to keep him with his class. I might want to do the poetry and maybe memory work in the morning with my 3 year old (she loves this type of thing) as some sort of circle time. Any ideas of where I should begin poking my nose for information??? Thanks!! Edit to add: I forgot to ask: I'm also interested in knowing WHY memory work is important to you and your family, learning, school, etc. I'd like to gain a little perspective here...thanks!
  6. Do you have circle time? What do you do? How? What does this look like in your house? Please go into as much detail as you want, I am after the nitty gritty here, the when, why, how etc. Honestly i have no idea but i am thinking it might be a good way to get my littler kiddies some "school time" at the start of our day. I am thinking we should start doing this in the new year (and new school year). I will have a 5yo in 1st and a 4yo (prek) and 1yo. I was thinking a few songs (mostly for the littlies) especially action songs and nursery rhymes, some calendar work, memorization work such as skip counting for the 1st grader and a read aloud story for all. Is this even what circle time is? Am I missing anything? Suggestions or more ideas? TIA
  7. OK, I don't like the name and wish I could find something better to call it but regardless, Circle Time has been a great way to start our days. Our Circle Time takes place after breakfast and is the official start to our school day. It can include any combination of: Yoga/Walking the dog calendar/seasonal/weather Memory work/recitations skip counting, clock reading holiday planning and family special events discussions menu planning (each child gets to pick one meal per week) singing - We (ideally) learn a new song together every week (can be a folk song, patriotic song, historic selection, etc.). chore review shared thoughts (taking turns talking about anything on our minds) At the end of Circle Time, I give the kids their binders with daily work. New this year, I have moved group/content subjects to the morning and do one hour of one-on-one on skill subjects with each child in the afternoon while the others play quietly and/or have quiet time. I can't believe I never thought of it before. It makes for a longer but much calmer day. The kids get their individual work done much more quickly, as they stay on task because they have my full attention. If you do something like this to start your day, what do you include?
  8. What are you currently memorizing? I just finished reading The Core. It got me thinking and now I'm wondering if I'm covering all the bases I want to be covering.
  9. Okay, supposedly grammar kids thrive on memorizing and reciting facts. Does this include math facts or just the weird stuff? My dd is 8yo and has never shown a natural ability to memorize- though she can solve puzzles and manipulate stuff in her head pretty well. As a result, she still has to pause and think for basic math facts, to spite the fact she multiplies with carrying and divides with remainders. I've never understood how multiplying and dividing comes easier to her than addition and subtraction. We are boarding the classical train in 3rd grade. Memorization of lists and such is a cornerstone. So, any suggestions on helping her with this agonizing task of memorization?
  10. We have a scripture to read, then sing the song based on it. Then I do reading reflex type exercises with both kids because Jake has speech delay and Emily is balking at sounding out anything. Then we do a US map, labeling the few states that we have already learned. End with felt board rhymes. It was a perfect plan. Both kids learning together. Who was I kidding? Apparently myself. From the get go DD was hesitant to cooperate and giving me attitude, so reading the scripture took twice as long as it should have, involving three prayers for forgiveness and patience. DS was excited at first, holding his own song book, but soon lost interest and wrapped his hand up in a helium balloon, which had to be untangled and then fetched from our 18 foot high ceiling. Move on to the white board for phonics/auditory processing. DS is out of sight of the board trying to open a board game and complaining loudly. Emily is having attitude at sounding out and using sounds instead of letters. "Well then I won't be doing it with you." I explain that this is to help Jake with his speech. "Well, he isn't even paying attention, and I am not either." Okay, we will move on to mapping then. Emily labels two states. We can't find our book with the master map to see if the third one is correct. I open the board game for Jake who is still fussing about it and put it on the table, knocking over a glass of milk. We are done with circle time for today. Don't worry. I am not giving up. If I go through the motions everyday for a week maybe the kids will catch on.
  11. I just bought the ebook from Kendra over at Preschoolers and Peace http://www.preschoolersandpeace.com/ in an effort to make Circle Time a reality in our home. I love the idea, I just have never gotten off of my behind to get it done. If you do Circle Time (or whatever you call it), what do you include? Any fun blog posts out there with ideas? I'm determined to start this on Monday.
  12. Hi all! I have gotten the bug to get ready for the coming year and cannot seem to find the link I am looking for. Hoping you all can help: A daily/ morning "meeting" board set up on a science fair or other type of presentation board. Mostly daily math type of stuff - for early learners (mine is prek) including days of the week, weather, counting, etc. The link connected me to a blog with really great photos of the family working through the morning projects. (The one I am thinking of specifically was a homeschooler with two lovely little girls - but if you know what I am talking about, please hook me up with anything that might help!) Thanks in advance!
  13. I was so inspired by the breakfast boards I saw on here that I decided this weekend to make one for our family. It isn't completely done...I'll finish it tomorrow. You can see more pics on my blog. I can't wait to use it!!! The boys can't either! :001_smile:
  14. First off, thanks to Johanna for inventing and sharing the "breakfast board." I finally decided to get my act together and put one together for the girls, so here's my version. The flash is obscuring our "weather frog." There are 2 velcro dots there to attach today's weather squares (in a bag taped to the back of the board). The purple pockets hold a couple of Latin flashcards and a couple of history review cards. I have a poem for memorization/review, a tens/ones bag, hundreds chart, coin bag, assorted shapes for Sylvia, a clock, calendar, map (for continent practice) and the yesterday/today/tomorrow strips. Oh, and a month/season spinner! I have to say that the girls raced to get started this morning just because of this board, so I'm already impressed! :D I figured I'd also take a couple of pics of my motivational system for Becca. Sylvia just gets stickers on her hand and she gets to pick a treasure whenever Becca does. Every day, after we've completed our school work, Becca gets a sticker on her handy little chart. Once we've done a full week (five days), she turns the whole sheet in to me and gets to pick a treasure out of the treasure box (they were so excited to see it they couldn't stay out of the pic!). I found the box at Dollar Tree, and I stock it with assorted little goodies from DT or the Target dollar section. There's puzzles, stickers, temporary tattoos, crayons, cups, lip gloss, jewelry, things like that in there. Becca was pointing out the Strawberry Shortcake lip gloss. She gets very excited about picking a treasure and likes to count how many more stickers she needs before her next prize.
  15. I went ahead and posted a more detailed picture and description of the "Breakfast Board" and more pics for those who inquired or would like to have more details! Have a great week! Its on my blog in my sig.... :D
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