Just a little over two weeks ago I posted about our memory work box. It is an index card holder box with wonderful tabs that I printed out on cardstock (and laminated) from a file that I found on the Simply Charlotte Mason website. Today, I thought that I would just list what my daughter is currently working on:
1. Visual identification of 9 birds.
2. The emergency phone number (911)
3. Some All About Spelling Key cards (counting syllables in words, which letters are doubled, when c and g have the soft sound)
4. Skip counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 25s up to 100 or 200
5. Number of months in a year and their names (in english and spanish).
6. The capital cities of the USA and Colombia
7. Describe the flags of the USA and Colombia
8. Number of letters in the alphabet.
9. The number and list of the vowels.
10. The difference between carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores.
And there is a sampling of what my daughter is currently working on. I think that soon we will begin reciting short poems.
I don’t have any grand schemes of my own, but I would like to show what we have found to work for us. And, I am particularly excited about a brainstorm that I had today.
First off, organization! Memory work just wasn’t getting done around here until I had the idea that my husband should do it. He and my daughter wake up together and share their mornings together while my son and I take a bit longer to get going in the morning. I happened upon the scripture memory system on the Simply Charlotte Mason website and thought that I would give it a go. As it can be quite confusing when you read the directions of use, I would recommend that you watch the short YouTube video.
I printed out the divider cards with tabs onto three different colors of cardstock, according to the directions, and laminated them. I then found an index card holder that I wasn’t really using and deposited everything in there. Now, every morning my husband and daughter can get through her memory work in about 5 minutes and it is actually getting done.
Now onto my brilliant (to me) idea! I was thinking today that I would like to include some memory work on the birds that we have identified. And then I remembered that I have the Dover North American Birds clip-art book. I quickly opened up MS Word and inserted the pictures that I wanted onto a card, printed them out, and now I have several bird pictures on index cards for our memory box. I think that I shall do the same thing for tree leaves and flowers in the future.
What do you use for your memory work to make sure it gets done? What topics do you include for memory work? I would love to hear about it.
I thought that I would try out Five in a Row, Volume I with my dd this week. For those that may not know about this book, FIAR is a literature based unit studies curriculum. Volume I includes studies for 19 different books that I have been able to easily find at our library. You are supposed to “row” each book by reading that book each day for one week. Then, there are several activities that are suggested for each day that range from social studies to science to art to math to language. You can pick and choose what to do so it is an extremely flexible curriculum.
I decided to choose Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton since it has been so miserably cold here this week. (I linked to the treasury book since it is the cheapest way to own her 4 books and they are all wonderful). On Monday, I found a short poem to memorize fromLiving Memory by Andrew Campbell and we read the story. Yesterday, I had my dd recall the characteristics of Katy (eg. she is red and big, she is a snowplow). Today, we read the story again and we will be making snowball cookies later.
So far, I think that FIAR is so much better than BFIAR (Before Five in a Row). I have an older post about BFIAR that details why it wasn’t such a good fit for our family. I am so glad that I gave FIAR a chance because it looks like it will be such fun for us. I plan on posting again this Friday to share more of what we are doing with this “rowing.”
Snow Song by Sara Teasdale
Fairy snow, fairy snow,
Blowing, blowing everywhere,
Would that I
Too, could fly
Lightly, lightly through the air
Snowballs (cookies) – from Allrecipes.com
1 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C.) Lightly butter 2 baking sheets, or line with parchment paper.
Cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour and salt; mix into the butter mixture. Stir in the pecans. Dust your hands with a little of the confectioners’ sugar and roll the dough into 1 inch balls.
Place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets and bake for 25 minutes or just until brown. Put on racks to cool for 15 minutes, then roll in the confectioners sugar.