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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Classical Conversations Memory Work Binder

In an effort to get ready for the new year, I have put together this binder to use for our Classical Conversations (CC) memory work.  It also contains our weekly scripture memory for MFW-ECC.  For the cute scripture printables see Mama Jenn!


Before I get into the details of the binder - let me explain a few things.  


First, I love the Charlotte Mason Scripture memory work system and that is where this idea began.  I wanted a way for us to review not only the cycle we were currently on but the previous cycles too.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about when I say cycles - CC rotates memory work each year for 3 cycles.  We are currently on Cycle 3 and next year we will start over with Cycle 1.


Second, we love our weekly memory board and I already needed a way to file our memory sheets so I am using these in a two-fold purpose!  The current week that we are on goes up on the board and we go over this Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Tuesdays, we meet with our local CC group.

Now - back to the binder!

The tabs included are daily, odd, even, days of the week, numbers 1-31.

Here is how it works - we will start Monday, January 2nd.  So, we will review what is behind the daily tab, the even tab, the Monday tab, and the number 2 tab.  After review for the day is done, each week moves to a new tab.  For instance, what was in the daily moves to the the even, even to the day of week, day of week to number.  

Example for Monday: 

Daily Tab 
Cycle 3, Week 12 (since that is the last week we have covered)

Even Tab (since 2 is an even number)
Cycle 3, Week 1

Monday Tab (because it is Monday)
Cycle 3, Week 5

#2 Tab (because it is the 2nd of the month)
Cycle 2, Week 5

We have only been through 2 cycles so eventually we will have all 3 cycles in here and be able to review them regularly with this system.  


I'll keep you updated with how it works out!

15 comments:

  1. I don't get it. I want to get it. But I don't.

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  2. lol, I'm sorry Crystal! I wish I could explain it more but I don't know how!! What are you confused on? You are basically reviewing 4 weeks of memory work each day.

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  3. I like this a lot! How do you decided what to put in each tab/file? Thanks!

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  4. Did you keep going with this throughout the second half of the year? And will you use it for the coming year? I remember finding this on the CM website last summr and had good intentions of trying it.....then forgot. :/ Now I'm thinking it would be terrific for CC memory work (kudos!)
    Blessings,
    Toni

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  5. We finished it until the end of the year but I just broke it apart yesterday in fact! It really is just too bulky. I think the small memory cards would be a better way to work this instead although not as visually appealing :). I think we are going to try it for next year but I'm still not 100%. I'm a little intimidated by Ancient History and might decide that's enough to keep in this little brain of mind at one time. :))

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  6. sorry it took me so long to get back to you!! I just use the weekly memory work from Classical Conversations and keep moving it back to the next tab. Eventually, you will have different weeks and different cycles behind each tab.

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  7. We finished it until the end of the year but I just broke it apart yesterday in fact! It really is just too bulky. I think the small memory cards would be a better way to work this instead. Although, it is not as visually appealing :). I think we are going to try it for next year but I'm still not 100%. I'm a little intimidated by Ancient History and might decide that's enough to keep in this little brain of mind at one time. :))

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  8. Thanks for posting your idea and the update on how it worked for you. I'm very interested to know what you're planning for the coming cycle. Even if it's rough, if you get a chance to email me, I'd love to bounce it around. It's our first year with CC and I'm directing! I can't wait!!

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  9. I see what you mean about it becoming bulky. But, what if we just typed all the week's memory work on a single page and slotted just that one page into the file system? Because I'm assuming you filed a separate sheet of paper for each of the covered subjects each week (so, for example, cycle 3 week 5 would have a Latin page, a history page, an English grammar page, etc., no???) So what if they were all on one memory work page and so only one weekly page went into the file? Any thoughts?

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  10. I think that would totally work!!! Great idea - I may set it all up to give it a try!

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  11. Did you try it this way? I'm really wanting to try something like this and I love the full binder idea!!!

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  12. I didn't - you know good intentions and all. :) I still think it would work and do plan on doing it but for this cycle I'm just focusing on Cycle 1.

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  13. I am a new follower of your blog (Schoolhouse crew member). I love your memory board and binder! I may have to borrow this idea. Thank you for posting it. I also use and love the Charlotte Mason Scripture Memory System and Mama Jenn printables. They are both amazing women.

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  14. Hi Melissa! Are you still using CC with MFW?

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    1. Yes, we are doing it on our own at home though.

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