“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”
~ Marlene Dietrich
Throughout our homeschool year, we make a point of searching out and memorizing quotes. Often our citations correspond to our science and history lessons. Occasionally, there are passages of classic literature. More than most, we focus on Scripture.
Why do we place an emphasis on quotations? Studying important passages, speeches, and writings gives our children a better understanding of the world and events surrounding our chosen citation. We learn to research primary sources. We develop a deeper appreciation for a well-chosen word. As is the case with classic literature, our children gain insight into where our language and idioms derive.
How are we incorporating this into our routine? While creating outlines for the year, bookmarks regarding speeches, quotations, and corresponding Scripture are notated. During both our morning basket time and history/science units, several minutes are spent in the study of our chosen passage. We read the selection, discussing both the passage itself and (if possible) the primary source. We evaluate the circumstances surrounding our excerpt. Our children are free to share their thoughts and opinions, constantly being led back to Scripture to hear what God’s Word has to say on the topic.
Think the children will lose interest in a study of quotations? You might be pleasantly surprised! Consider ‘dressing the part’; putting on costumes to recreate the scene from which the passage was taken. (I distinctly remember having to stand atop a table to give a rousing rendition of The Preamble to the Constitution. I’ll never forget it.) Look for exciting ways to engage the children and I guarantee they will not only enjoy these brief lessons, but look forward to them.
It ought to go without saying, the study of Scripture is to be our highest aim. If our children can quote Keats and Shakespeare yet lack a thorough knowledge of the Bible, I have failed. The study, memorization, and recitation of God’s Word is an active part of our children’s education. It is the ruler by which all other knowledge is to be measured.
“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
~ Joshua 1:8
📢 Chime In!: Do you have a preferred method of memorization? Please share your tips!