[From the 2011-2012 School-Year]
One of the most effective ways for children to memorize important information is through frequent repetition. To facilitate this, I make a “playlist” for each week we are using our Classical Conversations program (24 weeks per school year.) The playlist runs 20 to 30 minutes in length. How your children could listen to a playlist would depend on what digital gadgets you have in your home and where you want them to listen to it.
I am a bit old fashioned and prefer to put the playlist onto a CD. If you haven’t “ripped” or “burned” a CD before, don’t be intimidated – it’s not difficult. Having each playlist on a CD makes it portable – any CD player or computer in the house or in the van will play it, and no headphones are needed. (I’m not a fan of headphones for young children – I think it is unnatural, isolating, and potentially damaging to their ears if the volume isn’t carefully monitored.) If you use a CD-RW (re-writable) disc then each week you can “erase” the previous information and add the new.
Here’s what I typically include each week:
- Our “song of the week” from Making Music, Praying Twice
- The CC memory work for the week
- Our Prima Latina lesson for the week (a CD comes with the workbook)
- Wee Sing America (2 songs/week, because we are studying American history)
- 2 poems from Andrew Pudewa’s Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization program
- Hymns appropriate to the liturgical season, from a variety of resources
- Occasionally, a song from the Shiller math music CD
- Violin songs that are being learned, and/or favorite classical songs
Of course, what you might choose to include could be completely different. We aim to listen to the CD at least once a day for a week. I always bring one along to listen to when we are in the van. If a child seems tired in the afternoon, I will ask them to have a “rest time” on their bed while listening to the CD.
Here’s a Pinterest image I came across, but I couldn’t figure out who created it – if you know, let me know so I can give credit: