Today is the beginning of our Spring Break week, which means no community day for Classical Conversations. We don’t plan on taking the whole week off (as an introvert, I won’t want to be out with all the crowds), but most of our regular events are cancelled for the week. I am confident that we’ll be playing Review Game several times over the next few days!
I created our Review Game board from an old box. I knew that I would be using the 3.5 x 5 index cards in our Charlotte Mason memory box, so I cut 4 x 4.5 pockets out of colored construction paper. Based on the size of the box, I ended up with 32 pockets—but you may end up with a different amount.
Here is a photo of our memory work box. We have three sections: odd/even, days of the week, and numbers 1-31 (days of the month). Each time we play the game, I pull the memory work cards out of the box, stuff the pockets, and set the timer.
We usually play with two dice, one with colors and the other with numbers 1-6. Whatever number/color she rolls, that’s the question she needs to answer.
When the timer goes off, we count up the cards she got right. She gets the same amount of time to play a math game on the iPad, which is pretty motivating to keep her moving through the questions as quickly as possible.
Based on her responses, I file the cards back into our memory work box. We go over the questions she gets wrong or struggles with, and then those cards go into the next day (ODD). All correct questions from the current six weeks go back into the day of the week (Monday). The rest of the questions are filed into numbers 1-31 based on the week of the memory cycle.
Ideally, we would play our game daily, but that just doesn’t happen in real life. However, we’ve found that Review Game keeps things random and fun. And even the 2.5-year-old likes to play!