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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time working to memorize scripture, prayers, poetry, Shakespeare, hymns, folk songs, and other works of literature or historical documents.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
  • Psalm 117: 1-2
  • Psalm 145: 1-2
  • Psalm 105: 1-6
  • Psalm 100
  • Psalm 134
  • Psalm 150
  • Psalm 8
  • Psalm 92
  • Psalm 117
  • Creation Account: Genesis 1-2:3
  • 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
  • The Feeding of the 5,000: John: 6-14

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
  • The Souls in Purgatory
  • St. Joseph Prayer
  • Anima Christi

Lenten/Easter Scripture:

  • Psalm 23
  • Parable of the Good Shepherd: John 10: 3-16
  • Parable of the Lost Sheep: Luke 15:4-7
  • Parable of the Insistent Friend: Luke 11:5-8
  • Parable of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10: 29-37
  • 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
  • Decades of the Rosary

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
  • Faith of Our Fathers
  • Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All

Folk Songs:

  • My Country Tis of Thee
  • The Star Spangled Banner
  • You’re a Grand Old Flag
  • Dixie
  • I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
  • America the Beautiful

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
  • There is but one May by Rossetti
  • Twist me a crown of wind-flowers by Rossetti
  • O sailor by Rossetti
  • Boats sail on the rivers by Rossetti
  • The Wind’s Visit by Dickinson
  • A Day by Dickinson
  • Hope by Dickinson
  • Beclouded by Dickinson
  • Evening by Dickinson
  • A Service Song by Dickinson

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
  • There’s snow on the fields by Rossetti
  • I dug and dug amongst the snow by Rossetti
  • A Word  by Dickinson
  • The Grass by Dickinson
  • The Lost Jewel by Dickinson
  • The Hummingbird by Dickinson

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
  • I Never Saw a Moor by Dicknson
  • If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking by Dickinson
  • A Slash of Blue by Dickinson

Mom

  • Dream Song by DeLaMare
  • Eternity by Blake
  • The Blossom by Blake
  • Pussy Has a Whiskered Face by Rossetti
  • What will you give me for my pound? by Rossetti
  • A Book by Dickinson
  • Nature is What We See by Dickinson