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Summary: Homeschooling well, whether classical, eclectic, Charlotte Mason, or any variation, is about the mother showing up and modeling attention, cheerfulness, and resilience. Turns out that to homeschool is to be educated, not just educate. The Convivial Homeschool podcast will help you keep your head in the game cheerfully, patiently, and engagingly, because moms are the most important part of any homeschool day.
Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Certainly we are to watch and train the habits of our children and our household, but that is not all the work to be done. The confirmation of the habit into a character is work done by the person himself when he is independent. The test of character comes when each person is an adult – will he confirm the habits he was brought up to? Will he practice what he has been taught? Some studies, he writes, “can be of no benefit to us after we have mastered them unless we have elected to make our living from this source”; however, they still “help us while we are in the process of learning.” Such impractical, abstract studies he calls “gymnastic of the mind” which will “increase their aptitude for mastering greater and more serious studies.” Habit training begins in childhood, but is confirmed in adulthood. Read the original posts: * Education Works Through Habit – Aristotle * Latin is Brain Exercise – Isocrates Listen: Find all posts (so far) in the Great Tradition series: Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare Of course the best way to engage with Shakespeare is to be the one performing it. There are several ways to do this without being a drama person (I am most definitely not). Knowledge comes from doing Personally, I am the sort very tempted to leave off the hands-on activities like this. I like the meat and acting out a scene or two seems like fluffy fun that can easily be dispensed with. However, in this case, that is not true. True knowing and understanding comes when we make the material our own, when we recreate or represent it in some sort of personal expression. In history or grammar that might involve writing or speaking, but the most natural way to add personal expression with Shakespeare is to be the actor the play is directing. Be creative in the theatrical options Although it would be valuable, you don’t have to have costuming and rehearsals in order to give your children the chance to act out Shakespeare. Here are some other low-key, low-commitment ways to add doing to your studies: * Duplo or LEGO scenes & characters (try recording it for your own movie production) * Illustrated comic book versions of selected scenes * Monologues dramatically delivered like at a try-out * Puppets – handcrafted, popsicle stick, finger puppets, paper dolls – can be recorded to make a movie. If you are interested in staging a scene, an abridged play, or simply delivering monologues with your kids or with a group, check out how these homeschool moms have done so in their homeschools: * Shakespeare with a small group by Amber Vanderpol * Shakespeare scripts adapted for children
Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach It is by means of language that we both procure and use wisdom – for does not thought require language? So practice in speaking and in using language (today we would add writing as a method of discourse) is of upmost importance not just to learn to communicate effectively with others, but even to be able to understand within our own minds. It is speaking, being able to communicate your knowledge to others, that makes the knowledge useful, that makes it possible to do any good with the gain of it. Language is the basis of wisdom. Read the original posts: * Learning requires the language arts – Isocrates * Even STEM kids need English – Cicero Listen: Find all posts (so far) in the Great Tradition series: Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare Though Shakespeare wrote to be performed, there is still great value in reading his plays with their beautiful use of English. However, there’s more than one way to read a text. Audio + Visual = read along My favorite way to read Shakespeare with the kids is to give each one his own paperback (multiple copies can be found at the library or any used bookstore usually, or Dover publishes cheap editions without frills) and play an audiobook version while we all follow along. Hearing someone who knows how the lines flow read them helps immensely with comprehension. If I have an unmotivated or non-reader, I’ll give them a coloring page to keep their hands and eyes busy while they listen to the audiobook. Dover publishes a book of Shakespeare coloring pages, or even a book of plain designs to color in is a good activity for listening times.Having Shakespeare come in through both the eyes and the ears is a great way to foster success and engagement with young students. Spread the word! Leaving a review on iTunes will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!
Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Education in the broad, unspecialized sense is summed up as how to obey and how to rule. One who rules without obeying is a tyrant, one who obeys without ruling is a slave. And both truly all begins when young children learn to obey, because that requires the beginnings of learning self-control. Sometimes it’s easy to sigh on a Tuesday morning and think, “What am I doing? What is the point anyway?” Isocrates reminds us of the point – or, at least, one point. Education creates society, for good or ill. Read the original posts: * Practicing Early Home Education – Plato * What’s Education Good For? Listen: Find all posts (so far) in the Great Tradition series: Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare Shakespeare was meant to be seen. How many movie scripts make it into lit class? Not many at all; that Shakespeare does demonstrates his genius.Which would you prefer? Reading a movie script or watching the movie made from it? Of course we’d rather watch the movie because the movie is the point of the script. In the same way, Shakespeare was meant to be acted and interpreted. I absolutely love to watch multiple versions of a play and see how differences of inflection, of setting, and of context put completely different spins on the lines. This is the beauty of Shakespeare. None of them are “Right” (although some can be Wrong). Scripts allow actors room to interpret their characters and get into character, reflecting different facets of humanity as they do so. Is Hamlet’s ghost to be trusted? How that ghost is portrayed will affect how you feel about that central plot point. Shakespeare’s plays and themes are complex, as life and people are. Always preview movies. Of course you, as the parent, should always watch a Shakespeare production yourself before viewing it with your children. You know your children and your standards, so you need to preview movie options in light of those. Violence, bawdiness, even nudity are all issues in many Shakespeare videos, and there are also many that make Shakespeare feel dull and confusing. You’re going for an experience that will leave your children with a positive enjoyment of Shakespeare, so watch the movie options beforehand and try to find ones that will be a good fit for your family. There are a number of movie versions that I enjoy that I wouldn’t let my kids watch, but there are some we’ve watched as a family. Your mileage, of course, may vary. I’m not promising you or yours will like them. If you can’t find a movie you can endorse in its entirety, sometimes you can watch brief clips on YouTube. Something is better than nothing: the kids need to see that Shakespeare was written to be done and not just endured. Check for live productions. Movies are not actually the only way to watch Shakespeare performed. Before film, there was still theater. As an added bonus, many school or local groups will refrain from excessive violence or lewdness in their plays, at least in our town. High schools, local theaters, and area acting companies are all likely places to find the occasional Shakespeare play. I have sometimes chosen the play we read in school based on what will be performed locally. Ask around and see if there are groups you don’t know about yet. Spread the word! Leaving a review on iTunes will help other homeschooling mom...
Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Mothers must be both teachers and learners. As mothers home with our children all day every day, we are their primary influence, especially in the younger years. We can’t just wing it and expect great results or satisfaction. If we can be always learning, always growing, always stretching, we will be happier and we will be modeling for our children the life we’re asking them to embrace. Education is about how we treat others and comes by imitation. Read the original posts: * What makes a good teacher? – Plato * Portrait of a Graduate – Isocrates Listen: Find all posts (so far) in the Great Tradition series: Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare Familiarity breeds affection, not contempt. Ken Ludwig, author of How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, writes: Having thought about Shakespeare for most of my life, I have concluded that the best way to learn about his plays, his language, his themes and his stories with any real depth and integrity is to memorize a few passages from his plays so that you have them at your fingertips. Memorization doesn’t have to be an ordeal. During the weeks you watch and read the play, simply repeat the lines you’ve chosen for memory. I print the selections in large font, with the phrases broken up and each on their own line – plenty of white space makes it easier to follow and easier to see in the mind’s-eye for recall. Then before we read or watch or talk about the play, we repeat each selection 2-3 times, all together. Easy. Simple. It really works. Spread the word! Leaving a review on iTunes will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!
Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach If we start off on this homeschool journey with no idea what education is, why we’re doing it, or where we want to be at the end, we’ll flounder, frustrated and fickle. We’ll have no idea whether what we’re doing is working or if we’re doing a good job. We have to have a measuring stick to determine if we’re straightened out and moving forward. A measuring stick has a beginning and an end. To teach, we have to pay attention to where we are leading and to who we are leading. Read the original posts: * A Teacher Must Pay Attention * We Need to Know What We’re After – Xenophon Listen: Find all posts (so far) in the Great Tradition series: Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare The first step is to do basically a Cliff’s-Notes version of the play. When the plot and the story line are known beforehand, then our attention is free to enjoy the details without having to keep track of who is who. But we also don’t want the introduction to introduce the idea that Shakespeare is dull. A plain enumeration of the characters and salient plot points makes for a boring introduction and a bad starting point. So introduce the play with an engaging retelling. Spread the word! Leaving a review on Apple Podcasts will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!
Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach The one thread that strings through all the classical educators from Perrin to Plato is that education’s aim is virtue – not a diploma, not a job, not a stack of accomplishments. Our children – and even ourselves – should be better people, inherently, because of the education we received, no matter what circumstances or results come afterward. Education is for the soul. Read the original post: The reason for education Listen: Find all posts (so far) in the Great Tradition series: Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare Shakespeare can be an intimidating subject to introduce. Isn’t the language archaic and the doesn’t high quality mean high difficulty? Actually, the language isn’t that difficult when it’s read (that is, interpreted) by an experienced reader. The profound themes within plots were created not as pure art, but also to entertain the masses. Shakespeare was the hot movie in his day, and he can still be enjoyed that way today. You don’t have to wait for high school to do Shakespeare with your kids, and you don’t need to be homeschooling to study Shakespeare together. If you do any reading aloud or movie watching together, you can do Shakespeare together. Shakespeare was written in order to be seen, scripted in order to be performed. Shakespeare wrote popular entertainment, not philosophical treatise. We can draw out deep themes and discuss grand philosophy using monologues and plots we find in Shakespeare, but we should never study Shakespeare to the exclusion of simply enjoying the fun of Shakespeare – Shakespeare was meant to be fun. I believe that Shakespeare, the greatest artist whose medium was the English language, can and should be introduced to children. The deep discussions about betrayal, cowardice, truth, love, and piety can wait for high school, but the enjoyment of the plots, the characters, and the language doesn’t have to wait. Introducing children to the world of the plays will help them feel more at home and navigate those deeper waters later in a more knowledgeable and understanding way, because they’ll already know the lay of the land. Spread the word! Leaving a review on iTunes will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!
Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Celeste Cruz in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below. Listen: Mystie, homeschooling mother of 5, loves to take big ideas and grand visions and make them practicable in real life. So she blogs about organizing attitudes & systems at Simplified Organization and about classical homeschooling at Simply Convivial. Celeste is a Charlotte Mason homeschooling mother with 8 children 10-and-under (at the time of this recording – now 9). When she has free hands, she enjoys distance running, nature journaling, beach days, reading, and writing about home education at Joyous Lessons. You can also find Celeste on Instagram: both at her own account (@celeste_cruz) and as a part of the Charlotte Mason IRL community (@charlottemasonirl). Spread the word! Leaving a review on iTunes will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!
Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Celeste Cruz in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below. Listen: Mystie, homeschooling mother of 5, loves to take big ideas and grand visions and make them practicable in real life. So she blogs about organizing attitudes & systems at Simplified Organization and about classical homeschooling at Simply Convivial. Celeste is a Charlotte Mason homeschooling mother with 8 children 10-and-under (at the time of this recording – now 9). When she has free hands, she enjoys distance running, nature journaling, beach days, reading, and writing about home education at Joyous Lessons. You can also find Celeste on Instagram: both at her own account (@celeste_cruz) and as a part of the Charlotte Mason IRL community (@charlottemasonirl). excerpted transcript Mystie – There’s a spread of abilities and also needs. How do the expectations that we have as moms going into that situation affect how we do it, what we do, and our sanity as we do it. So, how would you say that your expectations have maybe changed or when you go into a school year. Celeste – Since I’ve always had little kids while I’m schooling, usually a toddler and a baby, pretty much every year since I started homeschooling,.. I have a certain curriculum, a certain amount of work that I’d like to get done with my big kids but I have to be flexible in terms of where and how we fit in those things, and I have to be willing to think outside of the box in terms of our school day… Mystie – When there’s so many interruptions and you have to get up and take care of the baby, there are just a lot of things all going on at once, and you’re trying to decide do I do [this] or [this]. How do you keep track of what you should be doing or what you need to get back to when the interruption calms down? Celeste – I think of my day really in terms of blocks. At the beginning of each year I set out a schedule for myself where I have time slots and that is not actually something that we’re going to live by, that’s me making sure I’m not over-scheduling myself, that technically these things could potentially fit in this order on a given day that might or might not actually occur… Spread the word! Leaving a review on iTunes will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!
Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt of an hour-long live video chat between Amy Roberts and Mystie Winckler in 2016. Listen: Mystie and Amy chat about reactive v. responsive planning, communicating plans with children, teaching kids time management, and what to do when life feels like a series of fires to put out.
Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Amy Roberts in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below. Amy Roberts is the mother of 10, who has children from 20 to 2 years old. She and her husband have homeschooled from the beginning and shares what she’s learned and how she does it. * Amy’s blog, Raising Arrows * Amy’s Instagram, Amy Raising Arrows * Large Family Homeschooling eBook * Schedules for Homeschooling Year Round Listen: This is a partial transcript of the episode. Mystie: So in your large family how do you group your kids for instruction time? Amy: I have natural sections of kids. There is almost a four year gap between what I call my “big kids” and “middle kids” and then there’s a gap between my “middle kids” and “small kids” because we lost a daughter eight years ago. So there’s a natural gap. I always start with my littles. I get my big kids started with their individual work which is pretty auto-pilot for them. My two oldest don’t require much from me at all anymore. My middles still require some instruction, but they have things like handwriting and copyworb they can do without me. I’ve said this a million times on the blog: it does not take as long as you think it does to teach little people. It takes 30 minutes. That’s it. Mystie: So true! Until they’re about eight, we do a little phonics and a little math. But not even every day for those early years. If they’re resistant or stubborn, it’s better at those younger ages to have them on board when you are working with them rather than push them or turn school into a fight. We want school to be this thing we do together. We need to pay attention to the atmosphere and dynamic that we’re having together and if that gets off track it’s better to just not do anything than to get into the habit of fighting over it in the morning. Amy: I want my kids to love learning, and I want them to see it as a lifelong thing, so there are always lots of toys and hands-on things that they can be doing. The can be outside exploring and you’re doing science. I want them to love learning. Mystie: And you’re only doing 30 minutes a day with your 5 & 7 year olds? Amy: That’s right! That’s all it takes. The rest of the time is exploring outside, talking about things, reading books. I don’t count readalouds as school work. I’m talking 30 minutes seat work. That’s all those little people can handle. Spread the word! Leaving a review on iTunes will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!
Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt of an hour-long live video chat between Amy Roberts and Mystie Winckler in 2016. Amy Roberts is the mother of 10, who has children from 20 to 2 years old. She and her husband have homeschooled from the beginning and shares what she’s learned and how she does it. * Amy’s blog, Raising Arrows * Amy’s Instagram, Amy Raising Arrows * Large Family Homeschooling eBook * It’s Not a Season I’m In * Table Chores Listen: This is a partial transcript of the episode. Mystie: I really enjoyed your post awhile back about how the metaphor of seasons of life affected you and the metaphor you used instead. How we think about our life matters so much and changing the discouraging metaphors is so important. Can you tell us about that? Amy: I had someone tell me that when this season is over you can do x, y, z. And I just found that extremely discouraging because I have been in this season for 18 years, and I probably have another 18 or more left, so telling me this is just a season was sort of discouraging. I felt I was never going to get past this season. I really needed to see this a journey or a voyage, where I’m on it and living it right now. Instead of waiting to start my life, this is my life. Mystie: Even just realizing the metaphor you’ve been told or have been using is becoming a source of discouragement and finding a way to change that metaphor is key. It matters a lot and can help that mindset, attitude shift, a lot. So what does planning look like for you? Amy: It has looked different over the years. For a long time I was able to do our homeschooling planning every Sunday night. I would sit down and plan through the next week. I’m not a long-range planner. I do a little bit at a time, about a week at a time. And some things we have on auto-pilot, so it’s never really planned in our homeschool. Amy then explains her Traveler’s Journal planner method Amy: I’m simply writing down what we’ve done. If I write down what we’ve done, I’m way more productive. Amy then shares her current routine, how it’s changed, and what runs on auto-pilot in her home. Spread the word! Leaving a review on iTunes will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!
Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips Listen: Mystie: Alright, so in this episode we’re going to talk about keeping track of what needs to be done. If you have multiple children and multiple subjects to teach (and that’s pretty much all of us) then we have a lot to keep track of and a lot to make happen. So, I thought that we’d talk about different methods and strategies for keeping track of all that stuff. So, how do you keep things straight in an average homeschool day? Virginia Lee: Well, I think my biggest battle in that is, honestly, just myself. I have a lot I want to get done in a day and a certain way I’d like it to happen by a certain time, and so, I really have to spend a lot of time just thinking about what are the underlying principles for my day and for these people that God’s gifted me with before I think about how to manage everything. Mystie: Yeah. Virginia Lee: So, I just spend a lot of time reminding myself that my children are born persons, being Charlotte Mason homeschoolers that is one of the key philosophies of Charlotte Mason and principles for our home, and so just whatever method I employ I have to remind myself am I respecting that fact that my children are born persons? It’s not about getting X number of things done by a certain time. Mystie: Right. Virginia Lee: And that just keeps me from steamrolling over everybody. Whatever you use to keep track of your daily stuff and make sure your daily things are going to happen we have to know what is our reason, what is our goal for doing all of this? We want our children to learn to care rightly about things, to serve their family, to be good stewards of their time, and to have a joyful personality through it all, so I think even when we’re thinking about what we’re going to use we have to be really aware of how am I modeling this and the things that I’m choosing to balance with is the stuff that’s me poking and prodding them through the day or rewarding them because they want marks and prizes, or am I allowing natural consequences of the good and the bad, that kind of thing. So, I guess that’s my biggest thing. I feel like there are a lot of different ways to manage how you’re going to juggle everything in a day for yourself and your kiddos but the most important part is to really think about what is my vision, what is my goal here, who are these eternal souls in my home, and what I choose to use, is it respecting that? Mystie: And even how I’m implementing it. Virginia Lee: Oh yes. See, here, I’m thinking about ‘OK, how am I going to organize this?’ Mystie: If you don’t know why you’re doing each of those things on the check list then you really don’t know how to prioritize. So, you really have to start from that why: why are you doing each thing? Why are the things prioritized the way that they are? And, why are keeping you track? Why are you managing the way that you’re managing? When you know those things I think it allows you to be flexible. Virginia Lee: Especially when you’re not having an average day because, I mean, let’s face it—that’s probably not the norm. Average is to not have an average day when you have multiple different ages and people. So, I feel like I can say this is what we do in our house but sometimes I worry about that because then I think that people think, ‘Oh well, let me see your checklist. Let me see what timers or if you’re using something like that. Those things are helpful to see of other people’s … Mystie: But that’s not really the best place to start. You can’t just adopt someone else’s strategies and methods and the way that they’re doing it, the little things that they’re doing and get the same results, because it’s really those underlying principles and the why. Virginia Lee: And the remembering who our children are. So, I think a big thing in my home,
Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff I’ve created a few iterations of a chore board over the last year and a half. First it was a poster board frame, and I wrote directly on the hard plastic frame. That worked well, because I could tuck it away quickly and easily when I didn’t want our schedule, consequences, and school assignments on display. Then, my 3-year-old used it as a slide (which means he was climbing up it). The frame and plastic cracked. I tried to salvage it by simply sticking printed pages on it, but that simply didn’t work as well nor look as good. So I explained the situation to my husband, asking for his diy-expertise to solve all my chore-board-issues. He is the brains and brawn behind this perfect solution. Read the original post: Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Schedule & Chore Board Listen: Simple Sanity Saver: Memory Work Tips The final thing to do is to put it all together so it’s convenient. Organization is about being prepared not about being perfect. Pull everything you need for your Morning Time into one place where you can grab and go as smoothly as possible. Print or write your memory work and songs for the system you choose in Step 1. Gather the books and your memory work and make them a home; a shelf, a container, a box. Print or write out your agenda and make it handy and durable. You can use a clipboard, page protectors, or laminate a page. It’s one thing to buy the books and supplies, to make a plan, to create a chart, and quite another to actually pull it off in a typical day. Days never go exactly as imagined but it’s worth it to take the time and imagine the day even so. The more practice in imagining the day and planning for contingencies before the heat of the moment the better you’ll become at rolling with the punches of a real life homeschool day in a household bustling with people. Spread the word! Leaving a review on iTunes will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!
Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff Keeping track of what each student is supposed to be doing, and making sure they are doing it is one of the struggles of homeschooling moms everywhere. Here’s how we’re managing it with a free online (and mobile) app called Trello. Some people use spiral notebooks for a daily list; we use Trello for weekly lists. Here are the details and even some video tutorials to get you started! Giving the kids a checklist of their own cuts down on the amount of nagging reminding I have to do, which makes everyone happier. Read the original post: Weekly Homeschool Checklists in Trello Listen: Simple Sanity Saver: Morning Time Memorization Hacks The next thing to do to set up your Morning Time memorization is to make an agenda; list out everything that you want to do in your own Morning Time gathering. Ours usually involves listening to a chapter from Proverbs, prayer, singing, memory work, and sometimes we begin or end with a devotional reading or appreciation or a playlist of timeline or geography songs, but pick one. It’s also been fruitful for us to start with an overview of our day. Once you have your first draft of an agenda estimate generously how long each item will take. Then add them up. For your first year of starting Morning Time try to start with under 30 minutes. I always try to keep mine at less than 45 minutes and then block off about an hour for it because there will always be interruptions and issues. Our first years of Morning Time were like a refining fire that brought out all our impurities. No one could sit still, although they did it at dinner. Half of the time, at least half the participating (I use the word loosely) children and at that time half of them was equal to one were uncooperative and my oldest and I spent too much of the time vying for control of the situation and routine. It was clearly good for us. Because Kendra Fletcher and Cindy Rollins were saying it was the best thing ever, I did not give up easily and was determined to stick it out. It was so worth it. If you are in the midst of the Morning-Time-is-chaos phase be encouraged. It might take three years to overcome but it’s worth it. Those early years without older kids was just flat difficult. Change things up, problem solve, get creative, and persevere. Those little ones will be your leaders in just a few short years and your assets who will make maintaining consistency much easier in your next round of chaos. Spread the word! Leaving a review on iTunes will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!
Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff You know I love lists. And I also love books. So what could be better than a list of books? How about a list of my books? I won’t try to convince you that you need to catalog your books, because you probably don’t. But having a catalog of the books on my own shelves is something inherently appealing to me, and it might be to you, too. Read the original post: How I catalogued my personal library Listen: Simple Sanity Saver: Morning Time Memorization Hacks The next thing to do is to choose your new memory work. Here are some categories of memory work you might want to choose from: Scripture, Psalms, hymns and songs, Latin chants, poetry, catechism and creeds, historical speeches, mottos, maxims or quotes. Start with only 1-3 items; start with only 1-3 passages, or 1-3 new things per term. Build slowly but consistently and you’ll be amazed at your own index once you’ve been doing this for a few years. You can check out my memory work index here. Rather than pursuing perfect recitation that will likely not last beyond their childhood I’m seeking more to begin to set a deep foundation that would be continually and cyclically renewed and built upon throughout their lives. I want familiarity, language patterns and ideas to seep in. I’m not a meticulous person, I am more of a hack. We recite one passage and one Psalm daily for one term which is six weeks and whether it’s memorized in two weeks or not memorized perfectly yet by the end we move it to the review section and start a new one. After a week or two of saying it daily, however, usually the children can recite it by the end of the term. But because my goal is building a lifetime of familiarity rather than perfect rote memory the fact that they rarely say it perfectly no longer frustrates me. This is my own personal good-enough-and-works-for-us memory method because it keeps my priority on being simple, no pressure, and focused on exposure, familiarity, and whole ideas rather than perfection. If memory work has been a stressful thing in your family don’t give it up, just pare it back, remove the pressure and expectation, and remember that God’s Word is active and will bear fruit in time. You can find my memory work binder tutorials here. Spread the word! Leaving a review on iTunes will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!