K-8 Memory Work for the Secular Homeschool
New Fully Revised 2021 Edition!
First published in 2008, Living Memory was the go-to homeschool memory work guide for over a decade. Now it’s back in a whole new format.
This handy resource offers memory work for English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science. The new edition gives you:
- Accurate, up-to-date information
- Fully secular content
- Streamlined history timelines
- Expanded composition resources
- Clear organization
- Clean, easy-to-read design
101 Poems for
Reading and Recitation
This anthology offers a selection of poems composed in English between the late 16th and early 20th centuries. It includes well-loved chestnuts as well as some works that may be less familiar. The poets hail from nations around the world, including England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Jamaica, India, Australia, New Zealand, and what is today Senegal or The Gambia. Use it as the basis of a survey course in English-language poetry; as a resource for copywork, memory work, and recitation; or as a collection to read for pleasure. The selections are appropriate for students in grades 7-12.
Bundle: Living Memory and 101 Poems
Get both memory work books and save!
I already own a previous edition of Living Memory. Should I get the new one?
It depends on what you’re looking for!
If you want accurate, up-to-date history, geography, civics, and science information, plus expanded composition resources, then consider getting the new edition.
If you want Latin and Greek selections, folk songs, or Christian material, the old edition will continue to serve you well. Those things don’t appear in the new edition.
If you’re interested in poetry for middle and high school students, check out 101 Poems for Reading and Recitation. For preschoolers, I recommend an illustrated edition of Mother Goose rhymes, and for primary and elementary students, Favorite Poems of Childhood.
A new anthology of oratory and dramatic speeches is in the works too!
Why is the new edition so much shorter than the old one?
Although the main title is the same, the two editions are aimed at different audiences and serve different purposes.
The original edition was conceived as a K-12 compendium for Christian homeschoolers committed to a traditional classical curriculum, so it included large amounts of material specific to that style of education. The goal was to give parents the widest possible range of memory work options, with the understanding that no student would memorize everything in the book.
The current edition is meant for busy secular homeschoolers who want a short and sweet guide to memory work for grades K-8. I have simplified and streamlined the book to focus on the must-know material that will give students the greatest return on their time investment. While I still wouldn’t expect students to memorize every last selection in the book, most students could easily master the bulk of the material before high school.
The new Living Memory, 101 Poems, and the forthcoming oratory anthology will make up a complete memory work program. You can also find memory work for geography, grammar, composition, and literature in the various levels of my world literature program, Exploring the World through Story.
Where can I find a copy of the old edition?
The original edition is permanently out of print, and I do not have any copies available for purchase. Check the used market (ThriftBooks, Amazon, etc.), or ask on Christian classical forums if anyone has a copy to sell.
Why don’t you make the old edition available again?
The files of the original edition were corrupted in a hard drive crash some years ago. Reconstructing the book would mean laying out 450+ pages of text in three languages, or paying someone else to do it for me. The investment of time and/or money is simply too large to make the project feasible.