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What a fun day! Today the Seminary Wives Institute staff hosted an all day seminar for the women of the seminary. I had several different classes (Conversation Ministry, Scripture Memorization, My Husband..My Ministry, Deuteronomy 6 Instruction to Children)

I gleaned much from the instructors. One of the most tangible things I walked away with was a new approach to Scripture Memory. Mrs. Mohler explained the Charlotte Mason’s method for memory work. She gave us this website (simply charlotte mason), which I have found very intriguing this evening.

Here is the approach in a nutshell.

After selecting your passages to memorize. Use either an index card box with dividers or as Mrs. Mohler’s does, have a binder with dividers labeled in the following ways:

  • Daily
  • Even
  • Odd
  • Each Day of the Week (= 7 dividers)
  • Each Day of the Month ( = 31 dividers)

Your first passage will begin in the daily divider. As you master the daily verse you will graduate this passage backwards and start a new passage. This will keep you reviewing the mastered verses so they stay fresh.  Here is an example from this website:

So if today is Tuesday, the 3rd, you will say the verses behind Daily, Odd (because 3 is an odd number), Tuesday, and 3. The next day (Wednesday, the 4th), you will say the verses behind Daily, Even, Wednesday, and 4. Keep in mind that only the verse behind Daily is a new one that you are memorizing; all the others are just review.

This is a fabulous approach.  I struggle in the area of review.  I have lots of verses that I dedicated myself to memorizing for a semester or a year.  But since I don’t do periodic review, most of the verses are hit or miss.  I’m excited to implement this method in other areas for myself and even my homeschooling.

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Reading Comprehension

I have found it so helpful having older homeschooling moms to ask questions and to glean ideas from.  One dear friend told me to start, while your children are young, having them write their answers in complete sentences.  This will get them accustom to the practice and it won’t be such a shock when they stop filling in the blank and need to generate a whole sentence.  This was a great idea.  Then I wondered how could I implement this. That night after church, I opened the book The Well-Trained Mind and pulled this idea from page 55

Narration is a way to develop the child’s understanding and storytelling skills.  The process is simple: the child tells you what he’s just heard or read. … Narration lets you know how much a child retains and understands.  It also develops vocabulary and powers of expression, and lays the foundation for good writing later on.

Reading this gave me the idea to start a reading binder for each of my children.  I already have a running list that I keep of the books that they read on their own which includes: title, author, date.  This idea is still developing.  But right now, I have them narrate or write (or both in this case) what they heard or read about the book.  It will be a joy to see them grow in their ability to understand a story and then retell it.

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