Musical Memory | Renee Cook

"Moooommmmm, I remember!" 🤯

publishedabout 2 months ago
3 min read

When our kids were all very little, we often listened to an old album of Bible verse songs by Steve Green. (Hide 'em in Your Heart - highly recommend). He has a catchy song for the verse above. Now that they're older, there are ample opportunities to remind the kids (and myself) to be encouraging towards each other instead of tearing each other down.

Often one of us will just barely start singing that song and the rest chime in or make that face that says, "Moooommmm! I remember. Please don't keep singing, I get the point."

That is the power of songs for memorization. Sing & learn the material first, then apply it later when it's relevant. If you learn something by song, you will have it for life.

To that end, here are a few resources for songs & memorizing that you can incorporate in your homeschool!

You don't have to be perfect at memorizing for it to be effective. Perfection is often the enemy of the good. Just start, keep it simple, and grow in the application over time.

  1. Pick a song or a few songs to work on for a while. (A week, 2 weeks, a month, your choice...)
  2. Play the songs during a meal, in the background during quiet play time, and/or in the car.
  3. Occasionally turn off the playlist & practice the songs or words in an echo-repeat style to work on pronunciation. (All the songs I put on my website come with printable lyrics you can use for reinforcement.)
  4. Give it time & trust the process. As the kids encounter the concepts from the songs in books & studies down the road, you can have deeper discussions about the terms & application.

Songs help that which is true, good, and beautiful sink down deep in our kids' hearts & then their powerful long-term memory will yank it to the forefront when it's relevant.

Music is so powerful for learning!

Happy Homeschooling...