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I wanted to see if any of you do memory work binders as Linda Faye on Charlotte Mason Help website did? I am trying it this year following her pattern, if your familiar with it. My children chose 2 short poems to start this first term with. We are supposed to work on a Psalm and a 10-12 verse bible passage also. I am stumped on which passages to work on. We do the daily Memory Scripture system from SCM, I don’t know if this will be to much adding. Should I maybe just work on other things such as patriotic things instead. Any suggestions?…..would be appreciated.
I don’t have answers to all your questions, but I prefer to work on learning one passage at a time. We may spend 2-3 weeks working on a Scripture passage. Then we spend 2-3 weeks learning a poem by heart. I personally think it is too much to work on two or three lengthy memory pieces at one time. Of course we still practice what we have previously learned, but we do not start a new piece until we are comfortable with our current piece.
As far as notebooks, I don’t know anything about the memory work binders you mentioned. I have a low-key but efficient way of reviewing Memory Work. Each of my children has a composition book titled “Memory Book.” After the child has learned a piece, I or the child copies the piece into his or her Memory Book. Every school day each child recites something from his or her Memory Book. I keep a sticky tab in each Memory Book to hold the spot. After the child recites, I move the sticky tab to the next page so I know what that child will recite the next day. When we get to the end, we start over. If a child has a particularly rough time remembering a piece, I may stick with that same passage for a day or two. I found that was the case for some of the Memory Work we learned at the end of last year.
Oh, you also were looking for Scripture passage suggestions….
We are learning Colossians 3:12-17. It is about how we should treat others if we belong to the Lord. I also intend to learn The Lord’s Prayer this year and expand what we have memorized previously from Luke 2 (this one we work on around Christmas time). I have also selected at least one Psalm but don’t remember it right off. Some Psalms we have memorized are Psalm 23, 100, 121.AnonymousInactive
Thank you Jennifer. I guess the binders are basically the same as your notebooks. Linda Faye just put divided sheets in the binder. One was labeled “past memory work” and on Friday she randomly picked a past MW piece to review. Also, may I ask a silly question as I see many people using the abbreviation “nbsp”, what exactly does that stand for?
Sorry, Stephanie. I don’t know what that means either!Doug SmithKeymaster
nbsp is a bit of HTML website code leaking through that is normally hidden. That usually happens when someone pastes something in from Microsoft Word.RainesParticipant
I got my memory work ideas from Charlotte Mason Help. Each child has a memory work binder in which I place copies of the things they are currently memorizing. We also have a tab for previous passages. Memory work is currently one of my “favorite subjects” to teach. Here’s what we are doing for memory work for Term 1:
Monday: Psalm (we memorized Psalm 23 in 5 weeks, now we are working on Psalm 1), Books of the Old Testament Song (we will move on to the New Testament soon)
Tuesday: Charlotte Mason motto and corresponding scriptures, poem of their choice (ds7 is working on “A Catch” and “Ducks” by Mary Ann Hoberman; dd6 is working on “When I Need a Real Baby” by Mary Ann Hoberman)
Wednesday: hymn “In Christ Alone,” Psalm 1
Thursday: Charlotte Mason motto and corresponding scriptures, poem
Friday: Our new address, table manners, family rules and review 1 previously memorized passage
I work with my children individually on their memory work 5-10 minutes each day because they seem to pay attention better and really enjoy that one on one time with me.
As you can see, we like variety.
It is totally working for us. Somehow less is more for us. My ds7 and dd6 put on a program for family last Thursday night and each one quoted poetry and scripture and sang songs that they had learned in less about 5 weeks.
We do this as well. I do a folder for each child and include the memory work in my planning binder. We do everything daily, just because I find it sticks better that way. And we do the memory work together after Bible study, first thing in the morning. I like to do one selection from each category per month, but some selections take longer. So, our memory family work goes:
History – we don’t do dates, but things like the Preamble to the Constitution
Geography- We review the map of whatever region we are on and have a memory song sometimes
Poetry – We usually focus on one poet per term
It takes maybe 20-25 minutes but the kids love it and they have learned and retained a lot of important material this way.AnonymousInactive
Thank you all for sharing your routines and suggestions, as always it is so helpful to hear what others do.CDP4774Participant
Great thread! Bumping in case there’s more wisdom out there. 🙂PhoboParticipant
I have a Memory Work binder that I created based off of SCM’s Scripture Memory System (which we LOVE and do seperately everyday before bed as a whole family, including weekends). I wanted something that was just going to be Monday-Friday though for everything else (Poetry, Hymns, Folk Songs, French series from Cherrydale, etc). Everything has it’s own separate time to be introduced, but then gets put in the binder and put into rotation. I have a daily, an odd and even, and then I have Monday-Friday. Friday is my ‘bank’ where I pile everything up and just rotate through that as a review day (only one thing each Friday). So each morning we do three things. This has been working so well! It is one of our favourite subjects and is quick and effective!
Great ideas here! I’ve been trying to figure out how to keep dd’s non-scripture memory work fresh in her mind and now I have a good idea where to start. 🙂
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