Today we did our 1st proof for Memory Master. My daughter did super - she nailed it all. It's what we've been working towards all year...being able to recite from memory:
161 Events and people in a chronological timeline
44 US Presidents
24 History sentences that correspond with the timeline giving it more depth
120 Locations and geographic features in Africa, Europe and the Old World
24 Science facts related to geology and life sciences
5 Latin noun endings for both the singular and plural declensions
52 Prepositions, 23 Helping verbs and 12 Linking verbs
Multiplication tables up to 15x15, common squares and cubes, as well as basic geometry formulas and unit conversions
That's over 400 pieces of information -being able to recall it out of order as I ask in random fashion the various information, skipping around in weeks and subjects. That's the idea of mastery - she can recall it at any given point you ask it. It's amazing to watch an 8 year old recite things you can't yourself remember! It's humbling too! It gives new meaning to that show "Do you know more than a fifth grader?" I'm certain after today that I don't - not even a third grader actually...LOL! It also made me so thankful that I homeschool. My daughter's education is so much more enriched, memorable, hands on and deeper than mine was growing up. I feel so thankful and blessed to be able to do this for my children.
One of the last things we did this week was to complete our Pin Maps we started in the beginning of the year! We also completed our travels in our passport book as we "boarded" our last imaginary plane ride to the last Country of the year. We have enjoyed our Pin Maps this year! It's been so very much fun for us to board our imaginary planes and travel through imaginary customs with our passports and watch our Pin Map grow and come to life.