Memorization is out of fashion. The days of reciting multiplication facts out loud, or performing a poem from memory are in the past. These methods have been replaced by more interactive learning, discussion, questions… all good things.
And yet… numerous studies point to the benefits of memorization.
This article lists increased neural plasticity and creativity among other benefits.
POW’s have been grateful for every scrap of poetry lodged in their heads.
Music teachers still know the value of it, requiring students of all levels to memorize every note and swell in sound.
“If we do not learn by heart, the heart does not feel the rhythms of poetry as echoes or variations of its own insistent beat.” Catherine Robson.
There is something to taking words into yourself and making it a part of you.
For a solid year we consistently memorized 1 scripture a month as a family. At the time, Josh was 4 and Anna 2. Saying big words in their little raspy voices. They each had a favorite and could say it with excitement.Continue Reading