Making Memory Work Connect with Meaning

[This post contains affiliate links.] Rote memory has a bad rep.  Reputation that is.  Maybe we have bad memories from school of being “forced” to memorize things. Yet so much of learning is memorizing.  And memorizing doesn’t have to be a chore.  It can be fun and meaningful. So, as you are starting off the school

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Morning Time

Morning Time has been a popular topic among moms as of late.  How do we get our day off to a good start?

My homeschool is not super structured and for awhile our mornings have been more like “survival time.”  I found myself starting the day by turning on the TV just so everyone would leave me alone while I got breakfast going.

But over Christmas break, I became convicted about establishing better habits and better routines.  I’m also aware that starting new habits and giving up old ones is HARD.  It’s a spiritual battle as well.

Use Sign Language to Teach

When I teach sign language to kids, I am teaching more than sign language.  The sign language usually helps the kids learn the material.  The knowledge of sign language is a bonus to the information being taught.  Sign language is added to songs (hymns or other) and other memory work (verses, science fact, poems, geography,

Do you know important dates in American History?

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Stages of Mastery: Moving Beyond Rote Memory

Too often rote memory is thought of negatively.  But knowledge first has to be learned [ie memorized] before it can be built upon and applied. We memorize our math facts, either through drills or by repetition over time.  Then, later, we can move into algebra and advanced applied mathematics.  If you don’t have the basics in