Saturday, April 25, 2015

Memory Master

If you've been following along for a while, you may remember that one of the cool opportunities the kids have in CC is to become a "Memory Master." Kids who earn this honor work extra hard during the year to memorize every single piece of information, across seven subjects, presented during the 24-week school year. This year, that included over 400 pieces of information:
  • 161 events and people in a chronological timeline and all 44 presidents, in order
  • 24 history sentences, including the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  • 120 locations and geographic features in North America, including all the U.S. states and capitals, and most of the major features, like rivers, desserts, mountains, etc.
  • 24 science facts, including the first 12 elements of the Periodic Table and the parts of 8 body systems
  • Latin rules and vocabulary and the entire text of John 1:1-7 in both Latin and English
  • English grammar facts, including the principal parts of 11 irregular verbs
  • Multiplication tables up to 15x15, common squares and cubes, basic geometry formulas and unit conversions. 
Student must pass four oral "proofs," including one with a parent, in which they may not miss more than three items per subject; one with the other parent or other adult, in which they may not miss more than one item per subject; one with a CC tutor, in which they must recite every piece of information without any mistakes; and one random "spot check" with the director, which covers about 20% of the year's information, and in which no mistakes are allowed. 

Weston decided to go through the process again this year and finished up his last proof yesterday. He was incredibly successful, and we are so proud of him! 

Proud Memory Master

The back of the shirt, featuring just a small sample of the memorized material

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