Classical Conversations Memory Master

I haven’t blogged about Classical Conversations lately, so I figure I would share a bit now that our CC year is over.

This was the first year both girls were each in a CC class. We started 3 years ago with Cycle 3, and with completely this year, we have gone through all 3 cycles once. They both grew in all different areas. I love watching them grow through the year as they start out being a little shy in their oral presentations, and learning a little more each week as they worked through the memory work.

Melody wanted to try for Memory Master this year. (Details at the end of the post.) It is pretty hardcore, with the end result being an intense week of proofing by a parent, another adult, the tutor, and the director. We had workshops every other week to drill the kiddos on the memory work, and their hard work paid off. The proofing session were about an hour long, with the director proofing being a spot test.

Study buddies going over the timeline before proofing started for the week.

For the tutor proof, we met Melody’s tutor at the Dublin library. It was our first time there, so that was exciting.

Another friend was being proofed right after Melody, so Emily hung out at the computers with her friend who is the little sister.

I was trying not to distract Melody, so this was a way zoomed in photo of her and her tutor during the proofing.

They have a huge selection of books and it was pretty quiet inside, which is a bit different from our library. :p

And ta-da!! Out of the 64 kids on our CC campus, there were 12 who became Memory Masters. The youngest Memory Master is 5 years old.

Here is what they had to memorize PERFECTLY without any mistakes:

  • 161 events in the timeline of our world from creation to present day
  • Geography- they can show you where 122 places are on a map
  • the 44 presidents in order
  • 24 Science facts (in complete sentences) on ecology, astronomy, and physical science, including Laws of Thermodynamics and Newton’s Laws of Motion.
  • 6 Latin verb endings
  • Times tables- from 1×1 to 15×15, square, cubes, unit conversions, geometric formulas, the areas (of a rectangle, square, triangle and circle) and the algebraic laws of addition and multiplication
  • Definitions for pronoun, noun, adverb, adjective, gerund, appositive, conjunction, and interjection; types of nouns; coordinating conjunctions; adverbs telling to what extent; and 65 pronouns
  • 24 (long) history sentences on the following: Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, The Crusades, The Magna Carta, The Hundred Years’ War, The Renaissance, The Protestant Reformation, European Exploration, Age of Absolute Monarchs, History of Russia, The French Revolution, The Battle of Waterloo, The Industrial Revolution, World Leaders and Countries of World War I, Leaders and beginning of World War II, Formation of the United Nations, Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War, Fall of communism in Eastern Europe, Gulf War, Free elections in South Africa

And for the record, I am super close to being a Memory Master too. :p I keep mixing up a few days, and some of the timeline events. Whenever I expect my students to learn something, I usually push myself to know and understand the material too. When I was teaching Sunday School, I memorized a chapter in the Bible along with them when we had a Bible drill. It’s only fair, right? Or I’m just a nerd. :p

Classical Conversations: Cycle 1 Lapbooks

Karen from Wisdom and Righteousness is giving away 2 sets of Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Lapbooks!

We got the lapbook for Cycle 3 and loved using it for our memory work.

There are some pics of the Cycle 1 Lapbooks in action. What a fun resources for CC.

CC 101: Family Presentation

Each week one or two families in our Classical Conversations community gives a family presentation during the morning big group time. The presentation is about 5 minutes and the family tells the group a little about who they are.

For our family presentation, we decided to do something music-related, even though that is a common theme some of the other families have already done for their presentation.

We actually led worship for the morning (this was unplanned), and then we had a slideshow showing some of the various instruments that we and our extended family members play. After that we led everyone in singing “You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman.

Here is a few photos (thanks Marianne for taking these photos!):

Melody was a total rockstar!

Emily was probably wondering why everyone was looking at her.

Here they are again…

Although at one point, she did shake her egg shaker. See the blurry hand? That means it’s moving. =p

I hadn’t played in so long, but I got through it. ha!

And why are we so far from Norm? =p He thought I was going to stand next to him with the girls on the other side…but I like to play sitting down.

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CC 101: What I Like

What I like about CC is that it touches on subjects that are not my strengths: public speaking, science, and art.

Giving Presentations
The students are given a topic to practice during the week, and then they give a presentation to their class on community day. I think this is a great skill for kids to learn at an early age. I know a lot of adults who have trouble with getting in front of a group of people.

Fine Arts
While I love art, I’m not crazy about the aftermath of it, and really, I don’t want to have to store art supplies and materials, and worry that the paint will dry up before I use it again, etc. (I know, it’s that the best excuse.) The girls get crafts at storytime every week, and we take the occasional trip to Lakeshore for their free craft time, but I love that CC goes over different fine arts skills and the kids learn about different artists. (Half of each semester is dedicated to music (tin whistle/composers))

Science is not my favorite subject. It is interesting, but it’s always been hard for me to grasp how things work. And again, what do you do with the materials after the project/experiment is done? With the experiments, the kids get to discuss what they will be doing, make a hypothesis, list the materials and procedure, and find out the result.

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CC 101: CC Bloggers

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I’ve been stalking checking out some posts from bloggers who are doing, or have done, Classical Conversations. They are a great resource for me in planning and preparing. Some of them have nice write-ups of how CC works and others list out the weekly stuff that makes up CC. Check them out below:

Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood
It’s a Great Day To Learn
The Corkums
Wisdom and Righteousness
Mt. Hope Chronicles (this link goes to her weekly reports, but there are a lot of great CC posts on the right sidebar)

Milk and Cookies – Classical Conversations: An Overview
Simple Homeschool – Classical Conversations: An Introduction
A Ten O’Clock Scholar – 5 Questions about Classical Conversations Answered
Mt. Hope Chronicles – Classical Conversations
Made To Organize – Classical Conversations
Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood – Classical Conversations for Beginners
Laughing With Us – Classical Conversations Community Review
A Well-Feathered Nest – How We Do Homeschool: Classical Conversations
The Sierra Home Companion – Homeschooling the Classical Way
Home is where you start from – Classical Conversations, my view
The Voice of Adventure – Why I Love Classical Conversations

Are there others CC bloggers that I missed on the list? What other homeschooling sites do you recommend?

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CC 101 – A Day

On Fridays we have our Community Day. Our campus has about __ families, and 42 students. (We only offer the Foundations program on our campus, but the Essentials program would be after lunchtime if we had it.) There are about 6-8 kids in each class, grouped by age.

This is what we do…

9:05am – Large Group Opening (prayer, Pledge of Allegiance/to the Bible, family presentation, Scripture work recitation, announcements)

9:15am – 12:00pm – Classes (individual oral presentation, hands-on fine arts, (we usually have snack/bathroom break and swap classrooms for a change of scenery), science project, learn new memory work, review old memory work, US map work)

12:00pm – Lunch (this is usually out in the courtyard until the rains start, then the kids play together in the gym)

So, if you’ve been wondering what we are doing with homeschooling, this is part of it. We are heading into the 5th week and having a great time. I think CC is a good fit for Melody, but we’re still undecided what to do for next year. Next post I will be expanding on what each of the above “subjects” include.

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The Basics

CC 101 – The Basics

So, we’re trying out something called Classical Conversations. I’ve mentioned it a few times in passing. We haven’t really talked too much about it with people who aren’t in the program, not because we’re trying to avoid talking about it, but because we’re still trying to sort it all out ourselves. I have a number of posts that I have in my head, but haven’t had a chance for it to go from there to my fingers into the blogosphere. Instead of trying to explain Classical Conversations and what we’re doing in one huge posts, I’m going to just start with the basics of what CC is, and we’ll go from there. I will try to put in some links later because there are a couple of blogs that answers some questions about CC more in depth than I have time to go into.

What is Classical Conversations? A classical approach community-based homeschool program (with lots of memory work)

Who is involved in CC? Homeschooling families. Tutors (who are parents in the program) review old memory work and teach new memory work to equip parents to teach their children.

Where does CC meet? I hear that CC is growing by leaps and bounds, so many new campuses have opened up recently. We are lucky to have CC meeting at our church! Only 3 minutes away.

When does CC meet? CC meets once a week for 3 hours. We also lunch together.

Obviously, there is much more to it than this, but this is the very basic information for those of you wondering what we’re up to.