It is well to store a child’s memory with a good deal of poetry, learnt without labour. ~Charlotte Mason
Have you noticed how easily a child can memorize a poem or a little jingle? There is no better time than childhood to fill a child’s memory with beautiful poetry and scripture!
Benefits Of Memorizing Poetry
It is enjoyable.
Memorizing poetry can be very enjoyable to a child when it is done without effort. No child wants to labor over memorization but enjoys repeating poems during his playtime or while skipping along the sidewalk.
It creates a rich treasure chest of memories.
A child can pull upon the poems he has memorized for years to come. When he is sad, he may think of a poem that will cheer him up. When he is drawing a leaf found on a nature walk, he may recall a fitting poem to include in his nature journal. When he is all grown up and is singing his child to sleep, he may recall some favorite poems to share with his child.
Three Steps To Memorize Poetry Effortlessly
1. Listen with an open mind.
Read a poem to your child while he is doing something with his hands such as playing quietly with a toy, working on a handicraft, or eating his meal. Encourage him to listen and enjoy the poem. Refrain from expounding on the poem’s meaning or background during these readings. Further discussion can occur as part of your poet study.
2. Read the poem six to ten times.
Read the poem six to ten different times over the course of a few days. Have your child say the poem with you when he is ready.
3. Maintain what is already memorized.
After your child has memorized the poem, review it periodically in the same manner as described above. We use this scripture memory review system to memorize and review scriptures, hymns, and poetry.
Poems To Memorize
It is easiest to memorize worthy poems that are within the understanding of your child. Here are my favorite suggestions.
- “At the Sea-side” by Robert Louis Stevenson
- “Bed in Summer” by Robert Louis Stevenson
- “Don’t Give Up” by Phoebe Cary
- “Good Morning, Merry Sunshine” by Anonymous
- “Happy Thought” by Robert Louis Stevenson
- “If I can stop one heart from breaking” by Emily Dickinson
- “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” by Emily Dickinson
- “My Shadow” by Robert Louis Stevenson
- “Rain” by Robert Louis Stevenson
- “Susan Blue” by Kate Greenaway
- “The Caterpillar” by Christina Rossetti
- “The Cow” by Robert Louis Stevenson
- “The Fairies” by William Allingham (first two stanzas)
- “The Hummingbird” by Mary Howitt (first stanza)
- “The Land of Nod” by Robert Louis Stevenson
- “The Months” by Sara Coleridge
- “The Moon” by Emily Dickinson
- “The Snowman“
- “There is no frigate like a book” by Emily Dickinson
- “Time to Rise” by Robert Louis Stevenson
Authors with other worthy poems: