24 April 2015
This is my fourth year keeping this blog. This is my fourth time posting about a Memory Master.
In order to not be too repetitive, a Memory Master is a honor bestowed on Classical Conversations Foundations students who have mastered all of the memory work during the twenty-four weeks of Foundations classes. It is not a simple process. In fact, I recently posted that I gave my daughter the choice to opt out of the process this year. She firmly told me that was not a choice.
This year we completed Cycle 3 of the Foundations memory work, so she memorized:
- 161 events and people in a chronological timeline
- 24 history sentences to add depth to our timeline (including the Preamble to the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights)
- 44 US Presidents
- 120 locations and geographic features in North America
- 24 science facts (including the first 12 elements of the periodic table and the parts of 8 body systems)
- Latin rules and vocabulary (including the text of John 1:1-7 in Latin and English)
- English grammar facts (including the principal parts of 11 irregular verbs)
- Multiplication tables up to 15x15, common squares and cubes, as well as basic geometry formulas and unit conversions
She now has become a Memory Master for all three Classical Conversations cycles. She pulled out all her t-shirts to compare.
What kept her in the process, even though our lives are rather chaotic at the moment, was the opportunity to pie our Foundations Director in the face when she earned the title. This was her greatest source of motivation.
Feel free to follow the links to read about our previous Memory Master journeys. 2012, 2013, 2014.
22 April 2015
Twice a year my son plays paintball with several members of our local junior/senior high homeschool group. This is always an incredible highlight for him. So much so, that he has pleaded with us to let him return to play paintball after we move out of the area.
Alpine Ministries graciously hosts our students on their rugged course while providing us with a discounted rate for their afternoon.
20 April 2015
19 April 2015
Due to four weeks of snow cancellations, our Classical Conversations community has not ended for the academic year. However months ago we scheduled our year-end gathering, so we celebrated Friday night by recognizing our students' accomplishments. Both of my children, along with their friends, showcased to the community their achievements as a result of being involved with Classical Conversations.
Inspired by Friday night's gathering, I searched for a picture of my children the year they began their Classical Conversations journey.
17 April 2015
Since we have been studying U.S. History this year, it is only natural that we would also learn about great American artists.
Over a six week period of time, my daughter learned about Grandma Moses, Norman Rockwell, Georgia O'Keefe, Andrew Wyeth, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jim Davis. Each week, during her Foundations class, she would learn about the styles, techniques and works of the various artist, and then complete a related activity for each artist.
Pictured are five of her six related assignments. (Her Grandma Moses artwork is on display for our End-of-Year celebration.) If you are familiar with any of the artists listed above, I believe you will be able to identify which picture belongs to which artist.
Last week, my Challenge A students visited the Challenge B class for their Latin seminar. While observing the class, I was even more convinced of one thing -- the most important Latin concept Challenge A students can (and should) master is the vocabulary. Once the vocabulary words are mastered, it frees up the students to learn countless other Latin grammar concepts.
In light of that, yesterday I covered our sizable white board with Latin vocabulary words, color coding them by nouns, adjectives, and verbs. Students would take turns at the board translating a word and then erasing it if correct. This was similar to a review activity that I completed with my Essentials class last spring.
We have four more Latin seminars left this academic year. I'm anticipating spending quite a bit of that time reviewing Latin vocabulary.
I've written about this before. This is the second time, in our six years of homeschooling, that we've taking on the added challenge of transitioning our lives and selling our home. If you have never experienced this, attempting to sell a home becomes a lifestyle. Homeschooling is a lifestyle. To those of you who have ever accomplished both at the same time, you understand why this situation warrants its own post in this year's annual portfolio.