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As mentioned more times then I can count, we use Classical Conversations as our primary curriculum and with that most people want to know how we do “memory work” here at home.
First I have downloaded all the memory audio into ITunes where I have made Playlists for each week and for individual subjects like Math facts and History sentences.
Then while the kids are building Legos, puzzles, or drawing I put a Playlist on and they sing along.
I have come to the realization that my son hates redoing a co-op experience at home and will throw himself on the ground in a tantrum if that is asked of him. However if the audio is going on in the background during playtime or meals he happily participates.
At first I was worried that without a more structured approach to memory work they would pick up on nothing. How wrong I was! I think these two memorize more when they are engaged somewhere else, and the best part is I can take 30 minutes to do housework while I am soaking their brains full of information.
Once the 30 minutes is done (or there about) we dive into math, phonics, writing and I pick a CC focus from our memory work. Today was listening to the Symphony and drawing a picture of what the music had you imagine. My son drew waves crashing on to a boat and L did not participate. Yesterday we did a fill-in-the-blanks Preamble to the Constitution which he knew every word of.
Sometimes we as parents and educators have such high expectations of how our children should learn that we rarely stop and pay attention to how they learn. I can be just as guilty as the next homeschooler who’s lavish plans come crashing down around them, or when you buy the most expensive wrapping paper to wrap a gift only to find out the bag you bought the gift in would’ve worked just the same.
In regards to CC and the memory work, my suggestion is, have it playing in the background of your house and in the car while you are running errands. Kids are sponges so make sure they are listening to what you want them to absorb.