Most of us would readily agree with the importance and even the necessity of memorizing some Scripture. Our dear, little grammar sponges eagerly soak up grammar chants, math facts and delightful ditties. However, the suggestion of asking older students to commit whole books of the Bible to memory may seem daunting. Why? We have no cultural precedent for such a discipline. How can it be done? is presentation provides both an apologetic for memorizing large quantities of Scripture and a model for accomplishing these goals. We will examine educational models from the ancient Mediterranean world and discuss what students are accomplishing at Grace Academy.
Karen has led both teaching and administrative roles at Grace Academy of Georgetown, a classical Christian school in central Texas, where she has built the 3rd- through 12th-grade classical language program. She has nearly 20 years of experience teaching Latin, Greek and ancient humanities in classical Christian schools. Karen also sponsors the school’s award-winning chapter of the Junior Classical League. She is the author of Latin Alive Reader: Latin Literature from Cicero to Newton, multiple Latin texts and the Essential Latin course for teachers on ClassicalU. Karen blogs at www.latinaliveonline. com. She and her husband, Bryan, are the proud parents of graduates of Grace Academy and one high school junior.