Written by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy.
Last week, our 10-year-old surprised us at dinner when she said, “I memorized something. Want to hear it?”
And then she recited The Charge of the Light Brigade, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in its entirety, without missing a word.
I was floored.
Now I know many of you study poetry in depth with your young students, and rely heavily on memorization for your homeschool curricula. At 6 stanzas, 260 words, it’s not completely daunting. But it’s not something we do in our homeschool. At least not right now.
So of course I wanted to know: how, and why, Sarah had memorized that poem. [Read more…]