At Immaculate Heart of Mary School, memory items play an important part in all our subjects.
Brother Francis, who taught for more than eighty years, used to describe memory items as the structure—the framing—of a house. Once you have the framework up, you can fill the building in, hanging all kinds of interesting information for walls, ceilings, windows, etc. But how can you hang drywall without studs?
I have taught at IHM for fifteen years (in all the grades, although I am now teaching high school level subjects), and one time in Religion Class I had a junior-high student who balked at memorizing her catechism.
This young lady was having a hard time with remembering the exact wording of certain key questions and she asked: “Why do I have to memorize this? I know what is true.”