the kids' memory work, 2014-2015.

homeschool.  blah.  i'm not going to get into it now, but i have been and will continue to be brainstorming ways to tweak things next year, as i'm not thrilled with how this year played out.  but one thing i feel like the kids really accomplished was some great memory work!  little brains are so well-equipped for memorization, it seems like a shame to not encourage them to utilize it in a substantial way.  plus, they are really proud of the fruit of their hard work, and it really doesn't take much time at all (5-10 minutes a day, three days a week to both learn new material and review the old), so it's really a win in pretty much every single regard.

here's what all they've put to memory this year (not in any kind of order):

01.  Days of the week

02.  My phone number

03.  John Piper:
“If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full.”

04.  St. Ambrose of Milan:
“I do not fear to die, for we have a good Lord.”

05.  Skip count by 10’s

06.  Skip count by 5’s

07.  Skip count by 2’s

08.  Emily Dickenson: If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching,
or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

09.  Our address

10.  Adeline Whitney: The Shortest Month
Will Winter never be over?
Will the dark days never go?
Must the buttercup and clover
be always hid under the snow?

Ah, lend me your little ear, love!
Hark, ‘tis a beautiful thing!
The weariest month of the year, love,
is shortest and nearest to Spring.

11.  Ephesians 2:8-10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

12.  Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

13.  Micah 6:8
He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

14.  Anne Bronte: Music on Christmas Morning (excerpt)
With [angels], I celebrate his birth;
Glory to God, in highest heaven,
Good will to men, and peace on earth,
To us a Savior King is given;

Our God has come to claim his own,
And Satan’s power is overthrown!

A sinless God for sinful men
Descends to suffer and to bleed;
Hell must renounce its empire then;
The price is paid, the world is freed;

And Satan’s self must now confess
That Christ has earned a right to bless.

15.  2 Peter 3:18
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

16.  Matthew 6:19-21
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

17.  Months of the year

i'm really proud of their hard work, but more importantly, they're really proud of it.  i'm excited to keep adding to their memory bank - right now we're working on 'song for a little house' by christopher morley, the vowels, and ephesians 4:29.  and an added side-bonus of all this memory work is that i'm learning as we go, too - one of the best parts of homeschooling, by far.


the jersk. said...

your kids are officially smarter than me. there's a game show in the making.

Danielle Tiarks said...

We recited Colossians 3:16 as a group for Patch the Pirate Club (think something similar to Awanas or similar children's ministry). Once a week, every week, for like 10 years. I could recite that verse in my sleep.

Once memorized, one group recite each week would have those suckers ingrained in their mind for all eternity.

todd said...

straight from Paul Sabino:

Life Lesson #1 - How to ​Memorize ​​Scripture​
1. Pick a verse​ that applies to your life and give it a title​.
2. Read the chapter ​it’s in to understand the context.
3. Review​it 10 ​times per day for 1​week to get it down.
4. Review ​it 1​ time per day for 5​weeks to own it.
5. Review​ it 4​ times per year​to NEVER forget it.
6. Put them in a trusted ​​system​