18 April 2016

Day 74 / 105 - Memory Master 4-Peat

Last week, my daughter earned the title of Memory Master for the fourth and final time.

If you follow this blog, you know that our journey toward Memory Master is something that appears quite regularly.  My daughter has worked incredibly hard this year at once again achieving this rank.

"Memory Master" is an honor bestowed on Classical Conversations Foundations students who have mastered all of the memory work during the twenty-four weeks of Foundations class. We define "mastery" of the information as having committed the information to long-term memory, which means we do not cram for a single test and then forget it. Over the course of the year, we spend much time learning the material and committing it to long-term memory.

The amount of information a student recites is lengthy. This year is Cycle 1, so my daughter has mastered, and can recite, the following: 

- 161 events and people in a chronological timeline
- 44 U.S. Presidents
- 24 history facts to add depth to our timeline (several of these facts are 3 - 4 sentences long!)
- 120 locations and geographic features in Africa, Europe, and the Old World
- 24 science facts (including classifications of living things, facts about vertebrates and invertebrates, and each continent's highest mountain)
- 5 Latin noun endings and their singular and plural declensions
- English grammar facts (including 53 prepositions, 23 helping verbs, and 12 linking verbs)
- Multiplication tables up to 15x15, common squares and cubes, as well as basic geometry formulas and unit conversions

It's over 400 pieces of information!

During the process, she had to recite this information not only to me, but also to several other adults.  Becoming a "Memory Master" is no easy task.  Words cannot express how proud we are of her for how hard she has worked and for all that she has achieved.  

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