Rememborizing = A word invented by my children that means to practice remembering things until they are perfectly memorized.
A while back I heard a speech by Andrew Pudewa on the importance of poetry memorization in young children. I picked up a copy of his program and started it with our boys. So far we are 1 year and 2 months into the project with 24 poems perfectly rememborized and 2 in the works. Here is what it looks like in our Afterschooling home.
I have a small notebook that I keep track of our poems in. Each poem we pick to “rememborize” gets hand written, by me, into the book. I add the date as well as the person who chose the poem. It’s fun to look back and see who chose our favorites. Each poem also gets a number.
We are doing a slow and steady pass at AOY1 and I add our poetry list to each weeks list to do. Both of my boys are at the same level and I found that having them recite the same poems each week was a bit much. So each week one boy recites the even numbered and the other does the odd ones. They recite 3 rememborized poems each, 4 days a week. If they say it perfectly they only say it one time. If they mess up any words they recite the poem 3 times with me correcting the words they get wrong.
For new poems we keep a list of fun ones that we run across when we are reading poetry or stories. Sometimes a poem or a set of song lyrics just jumps out at one of us and we automatically add it to the book. When I feel like they have a good grasp on the existing poem list I choose 2 new ones to add to the bucket. Each boy gets one new poem to start learning. They have to recite it 3 times each, 4 times during the week. Then it goes into our regular rotation.
My boys LOVE reciting poems and getting to check the little boxes off the list. It’s fun when we are out in public and they hear a word or phrase and recite a poem from our list.
My end goal is to continue with them long term and for their high school graduation give each boy a copy of our family poetry book. I want to hand write the poems into a really nice leather bound journal. It’s a long term project and I really hope I can keep on track with it.