Erasmus: Memorization Is The Beginning Of A Creative Process

From "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains," by Nicholas Carr. The Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus...who as a schoolboy had memorized great swathes of classical literature, including the complete works of the poet Horace and the playwright Terence, was not recommending memorization for memorization's sake or as a rote exercise for retaining … Continue reading Erasmus: Memorization Is The Beginning Of A Creative Process

Research: The More We Memorize, The Sharper Our Brains Become

From "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains," by Nicholas Carr. When a person fails to consolidate a fact, an idea or an experience in long-term memory, he's not 'freeing up' space in his brain for other functions. In contrast to working memory, with its constrained capacity, long-term memory expands and contracts … Continue reading Research: The More We Memorize, The Sharper Our Brains Become

Poetry And Other Highlights From Our Fall Recitation Day (Part 2)

You can find part 1 of our fall 2018 recitation day posts right here. "The Solitary Reaper," by William Wordsworth (recited by an 8-year-old) Behold her, single in the field, Yon solitary Highland Lass! Reaping and singing by herself; Stop here, or gently pass! Alone she cuts and binds the grain, And sings a melancholy … Continue reading Poetry And Other Highlights From Our Fall Recitation Day (Part 2)

Poetry And Other Highlights From Our Fall Recitation Day (Part 1)

Each semester the Redeemer Classical community gets together for a recitation day, in which students (and grownups) recite poems, scripture, hymns, and similar things they've selected and memorized on their own. This is a Western school tradition that goes back centuries. Readers may be familiar with it from the Anne of Green Gables series, as … Continue reading Poetry And Other Highlights From Our Fall Recitation Day (Part 1)

How Regular Memorization Strengthens Your Brain

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Bible verses, poetry, science and math facts, theology through the catechism, folk songs, geography, excerpts of famous historical documents and speeches such as the preamble to … Continue reading How Regular Memorization Strengthens Your Brain