Friday, February 20, 2009

Copying off of Cheaper by the Dozen

Since both Ross and Lydia need to memorize the Articles of Faith for their Faith in God award, I decided to try Cheaper by the Dozen's method of memorization. It's actually working quite well. Lydia, Ross and Mark all had the thirteenth article (the longest and hardest) memorized in less than 2 days. I've been introducing a new Article of Faith at each Family Home Evening. We'll talk about what that particular article means, and then we'll use a cut up version to make a game out of putting it back together. I'll take either the whole thing (for easier articles) or a difficult part (for the longer articles) and time the kids putting it back together over and over again. Here's the part where Cheaper by the Dozen comes in: I download the song version, of which ever article we are working on, and burn it onto a disc about 6-7 times in a row. I put a cd player in the bathroom, along with a printed version, and tell the kids that whenever they are getting ready for school, taking a shower, getting ready for bed, or anything else that they will be spending a minute or two for in the bathroom, they have to play the cd. It's been working great! I've got a Multiplication Rock cd, and I plan to use this method to help them learn their times tables next.

6 comments:

Bruce said...

arent you the clever one

lizS said...

wow renae. you are supermom!

Anonymous said...

No! Your kids will never be smarter than mine no matter what you do!!!!!!

J

Cool idea actually!

Jeanette and Jason said...

Smart girl! I'll have to keep that in mind for my future learners.

Dana Cheryl said...

Great idea! Maybe I should try that. I don't know the Articles of Faith either. :)

Karen said...

I LOVE that book (obsessively) and hope to copy many-a-thing from it! Good for you.