The Lutheran Schools Partnership here in Fort Wayne recently published a blog post discussing what many schools, including ours, call “memory work.” At Redeemer Classical School, students memorize hymns, Bible verses, poetry, science and math facts, theology through the catechism, folk songs, geography, excerpts of famous historical documents and speeches such as the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, and more.
Here’s an excerpt from the post discussing memory’s benefits. Click through to read the whole thing.
Research now supports what Lutheran school teachers have long known – memory work doesn’t only
increase our Biblical knowledge and help to strengthen our faith, it also serves an academic purpose. Multiple recent studies have shown that practice on the working memory is effective not only in increasing the abilities of the working memory, but in some cases also in increasing IQ. Yes, memory work can actually make you smarter! When students work to memorize through methods such as repetition, recitation, writing, and singing, they may be increasing their overall IQ, as well. The ability of students to memorize helps them in other subject areas and with overall study skills.