Ainsley Brewer, left, and Kaeley Whitacre, right.
Two members of the Heart of Western Oklahoma Homeschoolers recently capped months of study by correctly reciting hundreds of facts from a multitude of subjects as part of the Classical Conversations Memory Master program.
Ainsley Brewer, 10, of Elk City, and Kaeley Whitacre, 7, of Altus, became Memory Masters Thursday, March 29, when each rl spent about an hour recalling facts from seven subjects, as well as a history timeline, at the Elk City home of Julie Brewer, Director of the Western OK chapter of Classical Conversations.
Classical Conversations is an educational group that follows the Classical Education model. Memory Master is a program that’s available to all Classical Conversations participants nationwide.
Besides the chronological timeline of 160 events and people, the other subjects were: history, including the Preamble to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; 120 locations and geographic features in the United States and other regions of North America; science, including the first 12 elements of the periodic table and the parts of eight body systems; Latin rules and vocabulary, including the text of the Gospel of John 1:1-7 in both Latin and English; English grammar facts; math, including common squares and cubes, basic geometry formulas, and unit conversions; and reciting all 44 US presidents.
Both Julie Brewer, as Director of the local Classical Conversations chapter, and CC tutor Christie Spieker of Elk City, proofed Ainsley and Kaeley to check for errors and to confirm that the girls correctly named all the facts, locations, people, and events in the Memory Master challenge.
Brewer and Whitacre are part of the Western OK Classical Conversations chapter that meets each Tuesday morning at the Main Street Baptist Church building in Elk City. Classical Education is based on a three-part approach to learning known as the trivium. The component of Classical education for elementary-age students is known as the grammar stage, which emphasizes acquisition of facts.
To learn more about Classical Education, call Julie Brewer at 339-6622.