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Memory Work Index

As part of our Morning Time, we spend a portion of our time working to memorize scripture, prayers, poetry, Shakespeare, hymns, folk songs, and other works of literature or historical documents.  Why?  The list of reasons is extensive, but what it boils down to for our us, in our homeschool, is that we desire to have these works written on our hearts and etched into our minds because they are good, true, and beautiful.  In tucking these passages into our souls, God, who is the source of truth, goodness, and beauty is able to stir our hearts to know Him more fully.  In praying the Sanctus, singing the Doxology, or reciting a beautiful passage from Shakespeare, we orient ourselves to Him.  As Stratford Caldecott writes so pointedly in Beauty in the Word, “…the training of memory is essential if we are to discover and enlarge our human identity in the image of God.”  By returning to beautiful passages over and over, we gain a fuller understanding of what it means to be human, created in the divine image of God.  And so we chug along each term adding new selections, returning to previously learned ones, and letting them rest deep within us.

Below is a list of the past and present Memory Work that we have worked to write on our hearts and minds. The scripture, for the most part, is reflective of the passages that the children have prayed through and meditated upon deeply while in the atrium (our sacred space for learning the faith).  Our selections change with the liturgical cycle.

Advent/Christmastide Scripture:

  • Prophecy of the Light: Isaiah 9:1
  • Prophecy of the Mother: Isaiah 7:14
  • Prophecy of Bethlehem: Micah 5:2
  • Prophecy of Names: Isaiah 9:6
  • Prophecy of the Star and Scepter: Numbers 24: 7
  • The Annunciation: Luke 1:26-38
  • The Visitation: Luke 1:39-45
  • The Birth of Jesus and the Adoration of the Shepherds: Luke 2: 1-20

Advent/Christmastide Prayers:

  • Hail Mary (English and Latin)
  • Magnificat (Canticle of Mary)
  • Hail Holy Queen/Salve Regina (English and Latin)
  • The Angelus
  • The Memorare
  • Nunc Dimitis (Canticle of Simeon)

Ordinary Time Scripture:

  • Psalm 92: 1-5
  • Psalm 117: 1-2
  • Psalm 145: 1-2
  • Psalm 105: 1-6
  • Psalm 100
  • Psalm 134
  • Psalm 8
  • Psalm 92
  • Creation Account: Genesis 1-2:3
  • The Insistent Friend: Luke 11:5-8
  • Parable of the Precious Pearl: Matthew 13: 45-46
  • Parable of the Leaven: Matthew 13:33
  • Parable of the Hidden Treasure: Matthew 13:44
  • Parable of the Mustard Seed: Mark 4: 30-32
  • Parable of the Seed Growing Silently: Mark 4:26-29
  • Parable of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10: 29-378,m

Ordinary Time Prayers:

  • Oh My Jesus/Oratio Fatimae (English and Latin)
  • Our Father/Pater Noster (English and Latin)
  • Act of Charity
  • Act of Faith
  • Act of Hope
  • Prayer to the Holy Spirit
  • Apostle’s Creed (English and Latin)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy/Sanctus (English and Latin)
  • Glory Be/Doxology (English and Latin)
  • Evening Prayer
  • A Student Prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas

Lenten/Easter Scripture:

  • Psalm 23
  • Parable of the Good Shepherd: John 10: 3-16
  • Parable of the Lost Sheep: Luke 15:4-7
  • The Resurrection of Jesus: Mark 16: 1-8
  • The Mystery of Life and Death: John 12:24

Misc.:

  • The Ten Commandments
  • Books of the Bible
  • Presidents
  • USA States and Capitals
  • Preamble to the Constitution
  • Contact Information

Hymns:

  • Regina Caeli
  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • Now thank we all our God
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Doxology
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel (English and Latin)
  • You are My All in All

Folk Songs:

  • My Country Tis of Thee
  • The Star Spangled Banner

Shakespeare:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

  • Act 1, Scene 1, Line 1ff
  • Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 256-266
  • Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 112-117
  • Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 214-225

As You Like It:

  • Act 3, Scene 5, lines 46ff
  • Act 2, Scene 7, lines 142-73

Poetry:

The Entire Family:

  • Christmas Bells by Longfellow
  • A Christmas Carol by Chesteron
  • The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
  • The Systems of the Human Body

Analise

  • Foreign Lands by Stevenson
  • The Wind by Stevenson
  • A Good Boy by Stevenson
  • Escape at Bedtime by Stevenson
  • Young Night-Thought by Stevenson
  • King David by DeLaMare
  • Someone by DeLaMare
  • Five Chants by McCord
  • A Dream by Blake
  • The Lamb by Blake
  • The Divine Image by Blake

Jonah

  • The Lamplighter by Stevenson
  • Windy Nights by Stevenson
  • A Good Boy by Stevenson
  • The Cow by Stevenson
  • My Bed is a Boat by Stevenson
  • The Old House by DeLaMare
  • All But Blind by DeLaMare
  • First Green by Kennedy
  • Blossom by Blake
  • Laughing Song by Blake
  • Spring by Blake

James

  • Mother Goose’s:
  • Georgie Porgie
  • The Pumpkin Eater
  • Ding Dong Bell
  • The Queen of Hearts
  • King Arthur
  • Davy Dumpling
  • To Bed
  • Snail, Snail
  • Higglety, Pigglety
  • Jack Sprat
  • Doctor Foster
  • Rain
  • Race Starting
  • Jack and Jill
  • Pat-A-Cake
  • Jack Horner
  • The Cat and The Fiddle

Mom (just started in Fall of 2016)

  • Dream Song by DeLaMare
  • Eternity by Blake
  • The Blossom by Blake