I’ve been meaning to post exactly what we’re doing for memory work for this first six weeks or so of school, and since we’ve been schooling for four weeks now, I think it’s about time I actually do it. 🙂
- Hymn–from Hymns for a Kid’s Heart. Currently we’re learning “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want.” We’re working on a verse a week, and I’m trying really hard not to belabor it. We sing it, we move on. (This is hard for me.)
- We review the hymns we learned last year, a different one each day: “Holy, Holy, Holy”; “A Mighty Fortress”; “This Is My Father’s World”; and “O for a Thousand Tongues.”
- Psalm 1 KJV. We learned this in the NIV way back when Lulu was a preschooler, and both girls learned it well enough to recite it at church. I decided we needed some KJV in our memories, though, and I love this one. Again, I’m shooting for a verse a week; I think Lulu’s up to verse four or five, with Louise and I about a verse behind her.
- Junior Bible Quiz quotation questions from the book of John: John 1:1; 1:3; 1:29; 1:11,12; 3:3; 3:14,15; 3:16,17; 10:10; 11:25; 13:35; 14:3; 14:6; 14:15; 15:13; 20:31. These have to be learned perfectly and to the point that the quizzers know not only the verse(s) but the question, also. Both girls know the first three of the verses fairly well, so we’re moving on to 3:14, 15 this week. Obviously, it will take us longer than six weeks to do this.
- Poetry–I let the girls pick their own poems! Lulu picked and has already memorized “The Birthday Child” by Rose Fyleman, so she has moved on to “Some One” by Walter de la Mare. Louise chose a longer poem for her first one: “The Months” by Christina Rossetti.
We do all of this as a part of our circle time (for which we do not sit in a circle 😉 ) first thing in the mornings. Lulu is also working through First Language Lessons 2, so she’s memorizing “The Goops,” as well as grammar definitions. We do this later in the day, though.
Last year we used the filebox memory system from Simply Charlotte Mason, but this year we’re using memory notebooks inspired by this post at A Healer’s Geste. I thought that it was important for Lulu to have access to her memory work–to be able to read it. Plus, I got tired of fumbling with all those fidgety cards. The girls’ notebooks are plain (yes, Louise has one, although she can’t technically read what’s in it yet). Mine, however, is one I made back when I was still scrapbooking. I haven’t done anything this creative in a long, long time, but it still makes me happy to look at it. 🙂
I’m linking up this post to Memory Monday at Homeschooling While Living the Life of Easier. Click over for more memory work posts!