Becki said to me, “Can you review memory work with the kids today? Maybe a game or something.”
Are your kids tired of practicing their Classical Conversations memory work, sick of writing spelling words, or fed up with practicing vocabulary? Try an obstacle course!
Here is how we did it. I would ask a question to one kid at a time. If they got it right, they earned a try at the obstacle course. We would all watch the attempt, and then I would ask the next kid a question. It is that simple.
- Climb over the block and the logs.
- Run across the ramps without touching the ground.
- Step across the stones without touching the ground.
- Toss a ball into a bucket.
Last year we organized the Mighty Man Mudder. It was an obstacle course for kids that we set up on our uncle’s farm. So I pulled out some of the obstacles saved from that event. You might not have great equipment laying around, but you can still set up a fun course.
Some suggestions for your course:
- Throw a ball in/at an object (buckets work well)
- Place 2 sticks on the ground and they have to jump over both
- Climb over or under a picnic table
- Crawl under a bench
- Flip over an old tire
- Carry or drag something heavy
- Run through a sprinkler
- Cross a balance beam (put a 2 x 4 on top of some bricks)
- Cardboard boxes can make great tunnels to crawl through
- Be creative
Obstacles do not have to be super difficult to be super fun.
It is great to make learning fun. We actually learn better when we are happy.
Dads – reviewing memory work and making it fun is a great way for you to get involved with your children’s education.