We are in our final weeks before my children test for memory master. Ruthie and Elijah have been practicing every day. With everything else going on in life, I really am trying to encourage my two possible memory masters to work more independently this year. In case you didn’t read what I had shared about memory master last year, you can read it here.
This is what Elijah and Ruthie are doing each day:
One child quizzes on 4 subjects, and the other quizzes the remaining 3. Each day, they switch which subjects they get to ask or answer. There are no frills or games in this, but there are changes of location, rolling in the grass, throwing stuffed animals, juggling, or some giggles with dancing around the room.
Do they manage to do this without fighting? Sometimes.
(At least once a day, I need to referee a silly dispute. Usually, this involves a child not being gracious in pointing out the other’s mistake.)
Even with the occasional disagreements, I am really proud of them working so hard together.
Since they know what it takes to be a memory master, I think this method is working well in our last few weeks of preparation.
I also am actually quizzing a child on one subject a day in addition to their working with each other. I am sure that Seth and I will continue to spot-check the kids as well as our children having other adult proofs prior to their actual tutor and director proofs.
When we do find an occasional mistake, the kids also copy that week’s work a few times or practice that memory work extra in some way.
What do you do for your last few weeks of practice before memory master?