I have been tutoring the Apprentice class for my Classical Conversations group since January. Here are some review games I’ve used in class.
I had this Silly Socks game by Pressman Chimp and Zee. The game comes with a bunch of cardboard socks and some underwear. Note: I didn’t use the underwear. First, I cut out a few more pairs of socks from craft foam so that I had enough pairs to cover six weeks of memory work. Then I attached memory cards to the back of the socks with tape and put the socks in the dryer. When it was time to play, I held the dryer and students took turns coming up and pulling out one of the socks. They had to try and recite the memory work one the card attached to the sock they pulled. We laid their socks out on the floor in front of us and worked together to see how many matches the class could make before the time was up. I brought a little basket for storing the matches.
I wore a black eye patch and tried to talk like a pirate while I introduced this game to the class. Avast! I brought a velvet bag full of acrylic gems, a treasure chest, and the memory cards for the six weeks we needed to review arranged randomly on a ring. Students took turns answering the review cards. If they could recite the information on the card without help, I gave the scaly wags two of me gems. Arg! If they needed help, I gave them only one of me precious gems. They worked together to collect as many gems as possible in the treasure chest by the end of class.
Build a puzzle.
I purchased a large floor puzzle of the United States and attached the memory cards to the back of the states. Before the game began, I had the students work together to quickly build the border of the puzzle on the floor. Then students took turns pulling the states from a bag and trying to recite the information from the card attached to the state they pulled. We reviewed the capitals as we went and I let the student put their state in place when they were done with their turn. This was a great game after we finished all states and capitals.
Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
In winter, when there was a bunch of snow on the ground, I cut out a bunch of snow man pieces from poster board and construction paper. I attached one or more magnets to the back of each piece as needed, depending on size. I folded and stored them in a box used for gift-wrapping garments left over from Christmas. I brought in six weeks of memory cards in a ring and students took turns. If they could recite the memory work without help, they got two pieces of snowman. If they needed help, they got one. We built the snow man from the snow up.
Near Easter, I brought in an Easter basket, a plush, bunny ball, and six weeks of memory cards arranged randomly on a ring. I split the group into two teams. I went back and forth, team to team, giving each student a turn. Students who were able to recite the memory work on the next card without help got two tries at the basket. If they needed any help, they got one shot. We kept score on the board with tally marks.
Climb The Mountain
I printed a mountain climber from Google images, attached a magnet to his back, and covered him with contact paper. I drew a diagonal line up my board and marked off approximately twenty four steps. (By experience, that’s about how many questions we manage to get through in thirty minutes.) I brought in six weeks of memory cards and gave the students turns. If they could recite the information on the next card on the ring, they moved the mountain climber twice. If they needed my help, they moved him one step closer. This game was great when we were learning mountains in geography.
Dot to Dot
Using a dot to dot from one of my daughters’ books, I created a dot to dot on my board. I arranged the memory cards at random on a key ring. Kids who could recite the memory work on the card without help, got to connect two dots. Students who needed help, got to do one.
To the Moon!
I printed a space shuttle and a moon, attached magnets to the back with tape, and then covered them both with contact paper. I drew approximately twenty marks straight up the side of the board. Students took turns trying to recite the memory work at random from the last six weeks. If they did it without help, they moved the shuttle two spaces. If they needed help, they moved it one. This game was great after we learned about astronauts.