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We have added Cross Seven Ventures – Homeschool Musical Memory Tool online subscription to our morning time during breakfast. This memory work is set to Claritas Musical Memory Work songs. These songs are beautiful, and so easy to remember! We have loved this program.Inside the account dashboard of Cross Seven, parents can create a child profile for each child. Using the child profile, students can take quizzes on the memory work they are learning. Each child profile can login under the family account, which allows ease for parents to keep up with what everyone is doing, and tracking progress if desired. Our family chose to do quizzes together, and take turns answering quiz questions (though they all knew most of them) as a family. Memory work for us is an added bonus to morning time, and I trust the process enough to not feel the need for quizzes… BUT quizzes can be fun for kids, a great opportunity computer practice, and of course a way to track progress if necessary for homeschool reporting. You can also give children any name for their account, it doesn’t have to be their real name (I know some parents like to avoid putting their children’s name online, and I totally get that!).
The images and text on the videos of each song are meaningful, and memorable. Each week’s memory work consists of
- Timeline Song
Families will find an easy to use program, divided into simple to navigate sections. Our family mainly utilized the Weekly Memory Work tab, but you can also navigate through the memory work by subject. Each memory work song correlates with a video; if you click on memory work by subject, you can scroll down to find hand motion videos for each song in that section.
There are 4 year cycles to work through, each containing 28 weeks of memory work. This provides a great foundation of memorizing facts, on which to build more in-depth knowledge later. We enjoyed watching the videos that went along with the songs in Cycle 1, as this is our first year doing memory work. But we are looking forward to Cycle 3, where we will move through some of the Psalms, the Industrial Revolution, learn about perimeter, and more!
Each week has correlating Fun Links, including how to create your own timeline book. We have a timeline book and love utilizing it, so I would definitely suggest making one to go with your memory work. It is not only a great keepsake, but of course documents student’s learning, while providing opportunities for kids to express what they’ve learned. They can write, draw pictures, or dictate to a parent what goes into the book. So many opportunities for added learning!
I love that this online program is *easy* to use. While the program itself isn’t complicated, even simple programs can have difficult websites- but not Cross Seven! It is very intuitive for users, from logging in to navigating the website, anyone can do it. I also like that there is a Cross Seven Roku Channel! We love using our Roku for learning channels so adding this one was a no brainer.
My children have had lightbulb moments with this memory work! *Oh! Now I understand XYZ because the timeline song!* Honestly, I have benefited from the memory songs, especially in the timeline portions, because sometimes it is hard to remember the order of history. This makes it so easy and fun… we aren’t just doing rote memorization here. This is learning that students will apply to all areas of their education- (making connections is vital in comprehension: from text to self, text to text, and text to world. We aren’t talking about reading here, but the same thing applies. Children will benefit in making these different connections through the use of memory work. Ok-my education degree rant is over. ? )
Parents can also choose to order books, CDs, map booklets, and more products that align with their family’s memory work cycle, but this is not necessary.
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