First Language Lessons – Memory List Printables

Poetry memorization hasn’t been much of a problem for us, and we have really enjoyed working through the selections in Levels 1 & 2 of First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind. Less enjoyable, but still easily accomplished were the parts of speech definitions. We have, however, been hitting quite a roadblock with the memorization lists for pronouns, state of being and helping verbs, conjunctions, articles and prepositions. Oh, the prepositions! There is nothing fun about these lists!

I can’t believe we have gotten this far in the program and I am just now taking the plastic off the Audio Companion CD and putting it in the CD player! I bought the older, combined Level 1 &2 edition used for $5 a few years ago, and the lady I bought it from also threw in the CD, and she hadn’t used it either.  And it turns out it’s really good! It may be late in the game, but we are going to be using it from now on. Even the 4 year old was starting to recite the prepositions at odd times during the day, and I’ve also caught myself singing “These are the prepositions we sing about!” while I’m puttering away in the kitchen. The guitar and lyrics by Mike Smith are really enjoyable, and surprisingly not annoying!

Here are the memorization lists I prepared for Big Sister’s grammar notebook, to follow along with the chants and songs on the CD:

First Language Lessons Printable - Memory lists (articles, prepositions, state of being verbs etc)


You may also find my Parts of Speech Prints useful, as well as the Poem Printables  available from Homeschool Creations.


What have your children found the most challenging to memorize? Are you seeing the benefits of memory work for your students?Free Homeschool Printables Week from the Bloggers of the iHomeschool Network
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  1. Karen @ The Simply Blog June 2, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I used First Language Lessons Level 1 with my first grader this year. I really liked it! I think it’s a really nice gentle way to begin grammar. We will be continuing with Level 2 this Fall when my daughter starts 2nd grade. I did not know there was a CD that you can get to go with it though! I’ll have to check that out! And thanks for sharing the printables. 🙂

    1. Learning Mama June 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      I’ve had the CD for almost 3 years and I never even bothered to pop it in the player! Peace Hill Press also sells it as an mp3 download. After a week of using it, I think my 4 year old can recite all the state of being verbs and prepositions. Now if I can only teach her to read…..

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Sara June 8, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Memorizing these grammar rules early help later during grammar! My kids still remember and easily recite the grammar rules they learned in First Language Lessons.

    1. Learning Mama June 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      I wasn’t really into memorizing these lists until I heard that it will make a big difference later on. We are pretty “relaxed” with our classical education here, and memorization is the area we are most neglectful. If it isn’t beautiful or useful, I skip it!

  3. Jennifer Wartick February 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you so much for creating these lists and sharing them for others to use!

  4. Jo W October 4, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Yay, thanks for these! Also we’ve been using the CD for the stories and poems, but I didn’t realize the parts of speech chants/poems were at the end! We’ve been listening to “Pronouns” this morning and it’s helped already.

    1. Learning Mama October 4, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      That CD made me realize that my kids can memorize just about anything if it’s set to a catchy tune 🙂

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