Although memory work is not a huge part of our homeschool, I love when I can memorize something great with my kids. Long things, short things, silly things, serious things. You might be wondering what age to start memorizing things? What should we memorize? Where do I find things to memorize?
While I won’t tell you what age to start doing memory work with your kids, I will tell you that we started around 1st grade and any younger kids around the house will memorize some of it by default. They just hear and and learn it.
If you’re stuck on what you should memorize, I wanted to give you a quick go-to list of things to memorize with you kids. When I say with your kids, I really mean that. I love memorizing things too. It helps if your kids see you learning it too. My kids are much better at memorizing than I am, but I give it a go every day anyway.
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We practice our memory work for 5-10 minutes each morning during our Morning Meeting. We’ll review something we’ve already memorized and work on a new thing as well.
I’ve provided you with a big list of things to help you decide what to start memorizing with your kids, some helpful tools, AND a helpful little printable list you can print and stick in your homeschool planner. Enjoy!
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Fifty things to Memorize with your Kids of All Ages
Short Poems to Memorize
– My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson
– Dirty Face by Shel Silverstien
– The Tyger by William Blake
– To Autumn by John Keats
– There is Another Sky by Emily Dickinson
– A Light Exists in Spring by Emily Dickinson
– The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
– Who Has Seen the Wind by Christina Rossetti
Songs (for little ones) to Memorize
Science Facts to Memorize
– Human body systems
– The biomes of the world
Historical Facts to Memorize
– The Royal Houses of England
– Branches of government
– The Seven Wonders of the World
– Sermon of the Birds Speech by St. Francis of Assisi
– Hamlet Speech: Alas, Poor Yorick by William Shakespeare
– Romeo and Juliet Speech: O Romeo, O Romeo, Where for art thee, Romeo by William Shakespeare
Geography Facts to Memorize
– Directions on a compass
– The Great Lakes
– Mountain Ranges of the world
Other things to Memorize
– Address and Phone Numbers
– Months of the year
– Phrases of foreign languages
– Days of the week
– Colors of the Rainbow
– Skip counting
– Roman Numerals
– The parts of speech
Tools to help you memorize
There’s lots of books and other tools to offer help in memorization, but here are a few of our tried and true’s.
- Miss Pell Never Misspells: More Cool Ways to Remember Stuff
- I Before E (except after c): old-school ways to remember stuff
Free Printable: Don’t forget to CLICK HERE to download your free printable of things to memorize with your kids. Print it out and put it in your lesson planner to inspire you to memorize with your kids!