So, uh, two months later…
I guess I took a bloging break for the summer. 🙂
Well, this week we did it, we started the next adventure – Kindergarten! Inara has been loving school, she comes home happy and excited every afternoon, so far her favorite parts are Gym, Recess, and riding the bus. She says she is meeting friends, but can’t remember any of their names lol.
Also new this week, Awana. Thursday was Inara’s first night at Sparks, and she seemed to have fun, but for her the jury is still out. We’ll give it a couple weeks and see how she feels after going a few times. In the mean time though, we’ve been working on her scripture memorization.
Over the summer I have been working on just this thing. We started trying to memorize scripture with her last year durring homeschool and it didn’t work out so well, so I started doing some research and (re)discovered the Scripture Memory System from Charlotte Mason. I remember looking into this (or something very similar) a couple years back, but then never did anything with it. The way this works, is that it’s self guided and builds over time. There are several different “categories” for your scriptures to go into that build over time, but essentially you start with one scripture, and you work with it daily until you’ve got it down, then it moves back a category so you are working on it every other day and you add a new passage to work on daily. When you’ve got the new one down, you move it into the opposite every other day category and add a new one to daily, then you work towards adding scriptures till you have one daily, every other day, and once per week, then again daily, every other day, weekly and once per month. There is a video on the Charlotte Mason site (linked above) that explains it all much more clearly.
Confession, I love the idea of stuff like this, but then the actual implementation is halted because I’m too lazy to make all the cards and dividers you need. Bonus – the Charlotte Mason had a set of printable PDFs for all the dividers – All I had to do was print them out! I also then chose to laminate them prior to cutting, just to make them a bit more sturdy!
The next step was to figure out what versus we/I wanted Inara to learn over time. I did A LOT of googling, looked at lists on the Charlotte Mason site, The Navigators, compared lists from our homeschool curriculums, and from random internet searches, and ended up with a HUGE list of old and new testament versus, and some full chapters for memorization.
Next step: make the cards.
1) I have not so awesome handwriting
2) I had a BIG list (that’s not even all of it in the picture^^)
3) I wanted them all to look the same
4) I’m a bit OCD/Anal Retentive when it comes to #3
So, I went the next obvious choice. I typed them all. I set up a template for 3×5 “cards” in Word, and set to work. I made three different sets, Old Testament, New Testament, and Long Passages. I chose NIV for the default translation and set to work – it took a while between formatting and the fact that there were just so many, but eventually I got them all done. Next step, print and again laminate for longevity. I chose to print them all on white card stock and took my HUGE pile (including the dividing cards at the same time) to the teacher store and laminated my heart out. Then I had to cut them all apart. I also chose not to include the long passages at the time, I figured as it was there was PLENTY there.
I was excited to jump in. I got them all organized, picked out which verse to start with, and set them in their box on the table. I don’t think it was two days total before Inara “reorganized” them and they were a mess. I was so frustrated that my work was all messed up I just walked away from it. What took me at least two weeks, just sat in it’s box and went untouched for at least a month and a half.
Well, a big part of Awana is scripture memorization, so I jumped back in. I sat down the other night, and reorganized my dividers, took out the old cards which we had done NOTHING with and stored them away. Next I went back to the computer, I’ve spent the last 48 hours looking up the scriptures for memorization for the Awana program and putting them into word. Yesterday I went back to the teacher store with a new pile, laminated and spent last night cutting them all apart, and getting them into our storage box.
I also included in the Awana sets a list of which versus were included on a 3×5 card so we could know how close Inara was getting to completing the goals of each workbook. I highlighted any versus that were included in multiple Awana sets as well.
Also included in these sets are listings of the books of the Bible for memorization or review. Now we are all set to tackle Awana’s scripture memorization.
The best part, you can benefit from all my handwork! I linked to the PDF copies of my scripture sets. I haven’t finished all the Awana sets (I intend to include all three Sparks, the Cubbies, and possibly those from higher levels as well) but what I’ve got done is yours to take. For the Awana sets all versus are in NIV (I know you can also chose NKJV and KJV for Awana, but we picked NIV) and in the original sets, they are NIV unless otherwise marked. All versus were copied from BibleGateway.com for version and referances.