Friday, December 19, 2008

Memorization work

One of the joys we have in school is memorization work. Our family is currently memorizing scripture, catechism, hymns, and poems. The poems come from their grammar book, First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind by Jesse Wise. The poems are just wonderful and I wanted to share one with you today.

"Hearts are Like Doors"
Hearts, like doors, will open with ease,
to very, very little keys,
And don't forget that two of these
Are "Thank you, sir" and "if you please!"
This poem teaches us that when people like you their "hearts will open with ease". When you are polite and grateful for what they do for you, they "open their hearts" to you.
This is a poem from the first grade book. Tomorrow, I will be sharing a poem from the 3rd grade book. I just love these books because they are written by a former home-schooler and are a lot more "home school friendly" when you are teaching multiple children at the same time. Everyone gets to participate and no one feels left out. In fact, because we put the poems on the walls, the children help one another and are eager to recite them anytime of the day.

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