As you read this blog and learn more about my homeschool style you’ll notice that I just love to utilize curriculums with an audio component. Well, Instiute for Excellence in Writing’s Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization (LDTPM) is such a curriculum. Thus, it is the core of our poetry studies.
What is it?
“Introduce your children to the beauty of literature through the doorway of poetry. Enrich vocabulary while infusing reliably correct and sophisticated English language patterns into students’ minds. How? By listening to and memorizing these classic poems, which are read with flair and finesse!” IEW website
Why not just pick out some poems?
How does this look in your home?
“There is much more value in memorizing passages of literature- both prose and poetry…An early and high degree of mastery of the language is more valuable than an early mastery of the presidents. ” page 281 Teaching the Trivium
- I give each child a copy of their poems for their individual poetry memory time.
- First, each child recites or tries to recite their poem. If they recite it perfectly, I check it off using our I.E.W. LDTPM Check off sheet.
- Then we review some of the poems we have already memorized. I mark each poem with a M,Tu,W or Th (representing the days of the week) thus, we only review the Monday poems on Monday, and Tuesday poems on Tuesday etc…
- I occasionally (2-3 times per year) introduce some terms, such as rhyme scheme, to the children. We will spend JUST a few minutes on this and I will periodically ask them to tell me the rhyme scheme of a poem.
- Then I give the children between 0 – 5 minutes to work independently on memorizing their poems.
We complete our aforementioned poetry memorization program during our family gathering time which is first thing in the morning.
Now as for my precious audio, I keep this in the car and we have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the poems while driving. In fact we had quite a spirited discussion about the poem “Charge of the Light Brigade” and we ended up looking it up on Wiki and ordering the movie on Netflix.
Finally, another part of our strategy is setting up a learning household thus we do not watch TV, play video games or have other such amusements. When our children are searching for something to they normally play inside or out, paint, play the piano/clarinet or read.
As far as my poetry centers they seem to be going well because as I type my 8 year old is sitting next to me reading “The Witness” by Browning. In just a minute I’m sure she’ll say “Mama, listen…”
I have wanted the children complete their IEW assignments on a more consistent basis. When I pay that much money for a program by golly we are going to do it! However, recently my attention has been divided. Finally, by Wednesday I was able to focus on getting IEW accomplished and to provide the children with a bit of needed direction so they could complete their IEW papers.
|Preschoolers doing centers during Family Gathering|
|Working on the final project in our Astronomy Study|
The girls have begun working on their final project, building solar system, from The Universe book.I really considered buying all the pieces individually for each planet and piecing it together but I in the end I broke down and bought a Smooth foam kit from Amazon.I have been very pleased my purchase.
God’s Design for Science Heaven & Earth The Universe Final Project
Thursday was a topsy-turvey upside down day! Each month I watch my friend’s (see the lady below in the yellow sweater, ain’t she cute!) kids for 4-5 hours and she watches my kids for 4-5 hours. We can take care of doctor’s appointments, grocery shop or sit at a coffee shop humming Yankee doodle dandy. Are you feeling me? I have 4-5 hours to do what I want to do, scheduled into every month! So her midgets were here and as usually they all had a grand time exploring the property, jumping, swinging etc… In fact, they had so much fun that I was able to get 4-5 loads of laundry washed, folded and put away…now that’s babysitting at it’s finest!
This week in co-op, balloon rockets was our science experiment and needless to say this was a big hit with the kiddos. They loved watching the balloons racing across the room. Additionally, this particular co-op there are a lot of sweet memories made during the fellowship as our children’s sweet little hearts are knitting together and they are becoming better friends.
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