Cross Seven has produced digitized versions of the same audio files for memorization work that are used for Claritas Publishing’s Memory Work program. Cross Seven files are enhanced with video tracks as well.
Claritas Publishing’s Memory Work program covers all of history through four, year-long cycles, teaching selected facts that students will memorize, while also teaching basic material for other subject areas. All of the facts are put into songs, and students are to memorize the songs.
While Claritas Publishing makes the audio files available on CD’s or flash drives, many families will find the Cross Seven files more accessible, more portable, and more interesting because of the video component. Cross Seven has files for history, scripture, Latin, English grammar, math, science, geography, timeline, and hymns. U.S. Presidents are also taught at the bottom of the timeline web page for each cycle.
You can subscribe by the month to the cycle that you need and access files through smartphones, computers, tablets, etc. While it might be sufficient to listen to only the audio for some files, the video will have the memory content on the screen along with illustrations, animations, or other visual content that will aid student understanding and memory. For example, the science video on types of galaxies shows images of the different types of galaxies while the song plays.
Files can easily be accessed through the internet on most devices. For each cycle, you can access files for the week or by subjects. History, science, Latin, English, geography, and math segments are also grouped at the bottom of the index pages into groups of segments for seven weeks. This makes it easier for students to review many weeks at a time. This is especially helpful for history since it also helps students mentally keep segments in chronological order.
Segments for scripture and timeline include alternate videos showing hand motions in sign language while the song (for scripture) or content (for timeline) plays in the background.
Songs are all performed by Beth Fox who has a wonderful voice. She uses a variety of musical styles and instrumental sounds to keep things interesting.
In addition to the memorization material, Cross Seven has many valuable extras that enhance the coursework.
Interactive puzzles and exercises that help reinforce learning are available for all subjects except hymns. Quizzes in various formats check to see if students have mastered the material. These are automatically checked by the computer. (Parents will need to note student scores immediately if they want to save them since they are not tracked by the website.)
Fun Links include a link to instructions for "How to Create a Timeline Notebook, a link to recommended reading lists for Claritas's program. There are also a number of curated links for each week of each cycle that take you to other sites for extra material or activities. For example, the first week of Cycle 2 is titled, “The Beginning of the Dark Ages.” The Fun Links start with a brief Prager University video titled “How Dark Were the Dark Ages?” for history. Science links direct you to a PBS video, “Galaxies, part 1: Crash Course Astronomy #38” and "The Milky Way for Children, Galaxies and Space: Astronomy for Kids" (from FreeSchool). Math links take students to online skip counting games and instructions for "Storm the Castle" game that requires math skills. One link for English goes to a “Parts of Speech Game,” while a second link goes to a subscription site for “Grammaropolis.” A Latin link takes you to a tutorial video on the present tense. Geography links are to printable outline maps for the continents and their countries and to an online, interactive game about continents and oceans. These links offer an amazing amount of content that might be useful to you.
In addition, Cross Seven has started creating homemade history videos about each week's topics. Videos are available for the entire third cycle and more than half of the fourth cycle. There are just a few completed for the first two cycles.
Instructions are included for watching Cross Seven's material via Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV, which makes it easier to have the whole family watching and participating in at least some activities at the same time.
All of this should be very helpful for busy parents since it helps direct and enhance student learning for the Claritas Publishing’s Memory Work program.