For those of you that are a part of a Classical Conversations community, I'm sure that you know all about Memory Masters. This is our 3rd year in CC, but our first to prepare for Memory Masters. For a student to become a Memory Master, they basically have to recite all 24 weeks worth of memory work (7 subjects) in one sitting. It is a TON of information and a huge undertaking. I don't think I truly realized what a big deal it was until this year when my son decided he wanted to go for it.
I wanted to share some lessons that I've learned along the way:
1) Until your child truly takes ownership of preparing/doing what it takes to be a memory master, DON'T DO IT! We learned that the hard way last year.
2) Get a kleenex box ready, because when they finally sing the Timeline song all the way through without a making mistake, you'll need it.
3) If you have other children, prepare activities that they can do on their own when you need to study with your kiddo that's preparing for Memory Master.
4) Plan breaks into your long days of studying - we rode bikes to the park, we went on a walk, we left the house (and our Foundations guide) and grabbed some lunch
5) Don't be surprised when you, the parent wake up singing memory work songs or dream about the Timeline. How do you dream about the Timeline, you might ask? Good question, but I did. Weird, I know.
Our final tutor proofing happens this Tuesday. My son....he's ready. Me, on the other hand...I'm going to be a nervous wreck waiting outside that classroom as he rattles off all of that information. There have definitely been moments of stress through this process, but there have been great life lessons learned along the way too. I think it's been helpful that my son sees that there are times in life when you'll experience stress, but when you persevere to accomplish a task, it is so rewarding. This process has also given me the opportunity to teach him effective ways to study. I think many times we just expect kids to know how to do that. I know for a fact, that it took years for me to figure out the best ways to study.....the ones that would truly work for me. I am definitely thankful that he's learning that at an early age.
I'll drop back in Tuesday to report how he does....probably with a glass of wine in hand!
Thanks so much for visiting. I'm Heather. I'm a wife, mother and educator who loves trying to make beauty of the life around me.