Memory Work for Summer Term 2016

A new year, a new term means new memory work content.

Each term we change out our new material to repeat daily for six weeks, whether we have it all word-for-word at 4 weeks or not yet by the end of six weeks. To me, it’s less about word-perfect memorization (which is, let’s face it, fleeting) and more about daily exposure and repetition.

Exposure breeds taste.

So daily we return to hymns, to Scripture, to poetry, to poetry in Scripture, to the catechism, and let these things form our tastes and shape our affections.

Over the long haul, done day in and day out (ok, yes, we miss lots of days), I can testify that it works.

The Word of God does not return void. It does its work in us when we repeatedly return to it and let it sink in deep.

Here is what we’re repeating this term.

A new year, a new term - and that means new memory work. Here are the selections I chose for us to memorize this summer in our homeschool Morning Time.

Summer Term Hymn Selection

Our opening hymn this term is Give Thanks to God for Good Is He, a rendition of Psalm 136 from the Psalter Hymnal.

Hans practiced playing this one over the last month, so he provides our accompaniment – which we desperately need.

Our closing hymn this term is Take My Life & Let It Be, all 6 verses.

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Poems for Memory Work

Scripture Memory Work

Our new passage: 2 Corinthians 5:17-6:2

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,

“In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

We’re also reviewing 1-2 previously learned passages per day, simply on a loop through that tab in our binders.

Creed & Catechism Memory Work

We rotate this section, but it’s all review at this point, for everyone except the younger kids. Someday, as long as we repeat it often enough, it will be review for them, also.

This term the creed is Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 1 (we say it together every day) and the catechism section is the Heidelberg Q&As we’ve chosen to memorize – about 15 in total.

A new year, a new term - and that means new memory work. Here are the selections I chose for us to memorize this summer in our homeschool Morning Time.

For much, much more on our Morning Time practices, Memory Work binders, and memorization material lists, check out my Morning Time resources page.

4 Responses

  1. Kimberly
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    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this; I love the hobbit poetry choice

  2. Catie
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    I love your selections! We just finished reading that chapter in Wind in the Willows and we were all cracking up! :) I’m going to steal your idea and have my oldest do Mr. Toad. It’s so great!

    And that sonnet is so beautiful. (I have to read it a few more times to get it all! :) We learned The Duel last year; it was one of my favorites when I was a kid. :)

    Your morning basket resources are so helpful. I’ve been looking through yours and Brandy’s for ideas! Do you have any ideas for “other” (non-Scripture) passages an 8 year old can memorize? We did the pledge of allegiance last year and I’m thinking of doing the Christian flag pledge this year, but I don’t know of anything else that would be at her level?

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Hi Catie! Even if you aren’t in a reformed tradition, I think the Heidelberg Q&A 1 is beautiful and grounding – “What is your only comfort in life and in death? That I am not my own, but belong, body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ…” We also memorize the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed (I have never heard of the Christian flag pledge, but I’d choose a creed the church has been reciting as a body, across traditions, for millennia first). Patrick Henry’s speech is beautiful, the Declaration of Independence is beautiful, and some Shakespeare monologues have replaced poetry selections for some of our terms – Henry V’s St. Crispin’s Day speech, Hamlet’s ghost’s monologue, Richard III’s winter of discontent speech, Marc Antony’s speech.

      • Catie
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        HA! Funny! I grew up saying the Christian flag pledge at church and just assumed that most people know it! :)

        Thank you so much for the suggestions. I will absolutely use Heidelberg Q & A 1. We did go through the shorter catechism last year a bit, but we weren’t too faithful with it. I’ve had the Apostles’ Creed printed for 2 years! but I’ve always felt like it would be too much? Maybe I’ll give it a go this year. Thanks again, Mystie!