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    Introducing Weekly Recitation

    Thank you to all of you who encouraged me to not give up on recitation. We have been doing it everyday again and I feel so much better about it. I do have one question. Some of the weekly recitations are hard for my children to remember or even grasp. Like remembering how many days in a year, nickels in a dollar, etc. Is there a special way I should be introducing them or teaching them that I have somehow missed? Sometimes they seem to line up with a new concept being taught in math, science, phonics, etc, yet other times I don't see any connection.
    Thank you for any suggestions!

    #2
    I do not know the official “right” way, but I just keep answering for them. “How many days in a week”? I give a few seconds to try and answer, if no response, I just say the answer and move to the next question. It is Feb, doing recitation mostly daily and my son keeps skipping March in reciting the months of the year! (Btw, those longer answers you can break up, for example on,y do the first 6 months, then work on the next 6).
    Christine

    (2018-2019)
    DD1 8/23/09 - SC4
    DS2 9/1/11 - SC2
    DD3 2/9/13 - MPK

    Previous Years
    DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3)
    DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK)
    DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others!)

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      #3
      Christine,

      There isn't an official "right" way, so your way is fine! And, Elah, when we introduce a concept that hasn't been introduced before in a class, we spend the time to "teach" it during recitation. This is just a simple introduction, but it does help the students to remember it. And as Christine said, just repeat it each day, and your student will get it eventually. This isn't a test and shouldn't be stressful for the student or teacher. Recitation time is the time to wake students' brains up and show them how much they know. It should be a positive time, so don't let unlearned material become an issue. I consider recitation time to be a time of encouragement and lifting up of the students' knowledge.

      Tanya

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        #4
        For short answers, I give them the answer the first time through, and then I ask the question again and have them say the answer. Usually, I have to do this for 3-4 days before they can recall on their own (depending on how good they are at memorizing, of course. I have one kid who can just remember stuff and another kid that...can't do that as easily).

        For longer answers (naming continents, planets, days of the week, months of the year) we use a whiteboard and the "eraser method". So I write them all out and we point and say each one, then I erase the first one and we say them all again. Then the second one, etc., etc. until they are all gone and they say the whole series from memory. It's tedious for me at times, but the kids enjoy it and get a kick out of erasing more and more. Even if my kiddo isn't reading well, they can usually cue in on the first letter, so sometimes I will leave up all the first letters on the whiteboard and recite them from there for awhile before erasing it.
        Jodi
        ~~~~~~~
        2018-19 School Year:
        Ethan (6A)
        Matthew (4A)
        Silas (K)
        Eleanor (3yo, chaos & charm)

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          #5
          Thank you so much ladies!

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            #6
            Our household loves chants or very simple movements. A little bit a rhythm seems to help them remember. For example, to remember the planets we start with our hands close together and as we say each name of the planet we spread our hands out further to show them getting further away from the sun.
            Heidi

            2018-19
            dd- 3m
            ds- SC 1
            dd- SC B

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              #7
              Sometimes a visual helps as well. For money use a giant paper copy of the coins. When you ask about a penny, point to the penny etc. Use a map for the continents but always recite in the same order. I had a poster of the planets I used in class as well. For the months of the year or days of the week I stood next to the calendar set up and pointed as we recited. Those months are challenging and visual aid in the memorization.

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                #8
                I don't know if this helps, but I taught my kids the days of the week to the tune of The Addams Family theme song.

                Days of the Week (clap, clap) [because snapping is hard for little hands to do]
                Days of the Week (clap, clap)
                There's Sunday and there's Monday
                There's Tuesday and there's Wednesday
                There's Thursday and there's Friday
                And then there's Saturday
                Days of the Week (clap, clap)
                Days of the Week (clap, clap)

                The months of the year are to the tune of Found a Peanut. Anyone else from the South know that one?

                Then I made up chants and songs for some of the parts of speech. HTH!
                The Homeschool Grads:
                J- 6/96
                S- 11/98

                Still Homeschooling:
                G- 4/04
                D- 5/05
                F- 7/08 (my only girl)

                Future Homeschooler:
                M- 9/16

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Enigma View Post
                  I don't know if this helps, but I taught my kids the days of the week to the tune of The Addams Family theme song.

                  Days of the Week (clap, clap) [because snapping is hard for little hands to do]
                  Days of the Week (clap, clap)
                  There's Sunday and there's Monday
                  There's Tuesday and there's Wednesday
                  There's Thursday and there's Friday
                  And then there's Saturday
                  Days of the Week (clap, clap)
                  Days of the Week (clap, clap)

                  The months of the year are to the tune of Found a Peanut. Anyone else from the South know that one?

                  Then I made up chants and songs for some of the parts of speech. HTH!
                  That's cute! I think I'll borrow it!
                  Pax et bonum,
                  ~Charlene~

                  We are a Catholic military family, and find homeschooling fits with our transient lifestyle so well! I am happy to have found Memoria Press after trying many different things.
                  dd (10), dd (8), dd (6), dd (3), dd (22mos)

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                    #10
                    I have more!...
                    The Homeschool Grads:
                    J- 6/96
                    S- 11/98

                    Still Homeschooling:
                    G- 4/04
                    D- 5/05
                    F- 7/08 (my only girl)

                    Future Homeschooler:
                    M- 9/16

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                      #11
                      Was this bait? I'll bite.



                      We sing the days of the week to the 10 Little Indians tune (or whatever it has been renamed for cultural considerations). We also have a 7 continents "poem" that my 5yo has memorized from Montessori. It's catchy.

                      North and South America,
                      Europe, Asia, too,
                      Africa, Australia,
                      Antarctica, it's true.
                      All these 7 makes the list
                      of major blocks of land.
                      They're the Earth's big continents,
                      let's give God a big hand.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by enbateau View Post
                        Was this bait? I'll bite.



                        We sing the days of the week to the 10 Little Indians tune (or whatever it has been renamed for cultural considerations).
                        That is great. We initially started to sing the days of the week to O my Darling, Clementine. Two times through. It's the little things. Lots of great advice here for recitation, thank you.

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                          #13
                          Quick Update:
                          Thanks to all of you for your encouragement and ideas. I am so happy to say that we are 100% back on track and my daughter is caught up for the year. Without all of you ladies helping me I am sure I would not have even tried to get back on track. I am truly thankful!
                          See you ladies in July!!!!!!

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