Disclaimer: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
We love music in this house and through the years I have seen for myself how much music can help increase and engage our kids in learning. Having spent many years with kids in Bible Quizzing, where music was a huge part of memorizing hundreds of scriptures each year, I can attest to how quickly we can memorize information when it is set to song. Since music is my favorite tool, I was so eager to begin using Cross Seven Ventures – Homeschool Musical Memory Tool by Cross Seven Ventures LLC. If you are familiar with the Claritas Publishing program, this is aligned with that. We were provided with a one-year subscription for our whole family to this amazing program for grades K-6.
Wonder what is included in this program? There are lessons in Scripture, Hymns, Timeline, History, Science, Math, Grammar, Latin, and Geography, all using a 4-year cyclical program. Each cycle has 28 weeks — easily an entire year of learning for your family! The tunes are upbeat, fun and you will soon find everyone singing these songs.
There is also a Parent Dashboard for tracking your kid’s progress as they work through
the program and the interactive quizzes. And these quizzes, my kids say they are so much fun! They even have a variety of badges and certificates kids can earn as they work through the subjects and complete quizzes. You even have the option to stream apps like AppleTV, Roku, and FireTV, so you can all watch and learn together!
Each day’s class begins by listening to a hymn, followed by prayer, and then saying a pledge to the American Flag, the Christian Flag, the Bible and also reciting the Lord’s prayer.
As you can see below there are a couple ways to move forward once you are logged into your account. You can go through the individual badges for each topic OR (my favorite) click on the Weekly Memory Work banner at the bottom and ….
Isn’t this awesome? Here is every video for the week for every subject. I love that my kids can login in and there is no confusion as to what they need to do.
There are also links to book lists for every cycle to help further expand on what is being learned. She provides a pdf download to help walk you through creating your own timeline. She also gives game recommendations. What can be more fun than singing as you learn? Playing board games as you learn. We don’t have this one – not yet – definitely planning to add this to our collection!
There are also lots of Fun Links included which range from videos to reading material along with games and coloring pages. So many of these are good for “hours” of fun! I know when it comes to learning Latin and grammar, geography, these kids and the fun links that are included make a huge difference in how we learn!
For my girls we have been working through Cycle One, together, slowly. Because there is so much more that you can do we enjoying exploring each lesson as much (or as little) as they like. My older daughter loved the videos that were done by kids. She enjoys dancing and theatre herself; always asking questions and pondering things, there were so many great ways she could learn beyond just the music.
My younger daughter loves music, especially hymns and it’s amazing how much you can learn. From history, to geography and everything in between, there are so many old hymns that we would do well to learn of and from. She may be small but if you ask her, she knows it all. ha-ha
When it comes to geography, my son loves all the visuals were a real treat. He loves learning about different parts of the world, especially how they live. A big fan of woodworking, survivalist stuff – as he explores history he can see how things have progressed. Another thing he enjoyed were videos from The Skit Guys, that had covered various Bible topics. Again, this kid is very big on the what, where, when, why and how of things. So he appreciated the variety of links throughout the program so he could dig in more.
I have to admit we didn’t do as much with math and grammar (because we do have a few things we love to use for that already) but I found the videos were still good to watch and who knows what they will catch right?
There is so much I have always loved about the classical education model; at the same time I really enjoy being able to allow my children to lead the way, per se, as their interests guide them. I was wary in the beginning that this would be too much but this is put together in such a fabulous way – the material is gently presented. The quizzes even are fun and not at all stressful to take. We didn’t do them consistently but when y kids did they found them to be unlike any quiz they have taken before.
If you are looking for something new, hoping to inspire your kids, this may be for you! They have a FREE 1 day trial so you can explore their program and see if this is something that your family will enjoy! We are really hoping to continue working through this program, as summer is upon us, we will certainly be relaxing things a bit, but this really is one of those programs that you enjoy!
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