Would you like to learn more about teaching your kids how to memorize scripture? Well, it is not as difficult as you may think. With these 10 scripture memory tips, it can be an encouraging, edifying, and fun experience for you and them!
Memorizing scripture is a great way to introduce key scriptures to your children, to help them grow in their faith, and to help them grow in their relationship with God.
How amazing is it that God created us to learn while we are young?
Our minds can take in so much information when we are young. Think back to when you were in school and how much easier it was to recall information. Doing that as an adult is not impossible, but it takes longer to learn something new and more discipline.
Your question may still be the same, how do I teach my child to memorize scripture?
Well, there are many, many ways because we learn and retain information differently. The end goal, I believe, is to provide kids with tools and the opportunity to grow in their faith. We desire for them to be excited about reading the Bible and to know God. In turn, for them to share their faith and make their relationship with God their own. Here are 10 scripture memory tips from moms who have had success with teaching their children to memorize scripture.
- Start with the fundamental verses that are easy to memorize. For example, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” This verse is straightforward, easy to explain, and has the gospel.
- Make-up motions, simple but effective. This puts their whole bodies into it, which with little kids, can help them get some energy out.
- It is okay to take it slow. Try one verse at a time, maybe even a section of a verse at a time. Then build up to passages of scripture, then even a whole book!
- Recite, recite, recite. Say it to them in the car, read it before bed, read it together! Repetition is very effective as they will begin to associate where they are with what they are hearing.
- Write it down, everywhere if you can. One mom suggested writing on index cards or larger pieces of paper, then taping it at their eye level. So, that means placing it in the playroom, bottom half of the fridge, and next to their bed. Any place where they will lay eyes on it. If they are older, write the verse on a napkin or note card and place it in a lunch box. That way they are taking the verses with them, and they have an opportunity to practice them. There are ABC scripture cards for younger children that you can make or purchase to hang as well.
- If they are old enough to write, have them join you in writing the verses. Is your child more artistic? This can be a fun way for them to express themselves, giving them the freedom to decorate their memory verse how they choose.
- Singing! How fun can it be to sing the verses? There are scripture lullabies that can be so helpful. Or you can have fun making up a simple song with your child.
- If they have a hard day, remind them to lean into God’s word. They can apply the verses they have been learning. For example, Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” This verse always brings things into perspective, because we can talk about things that are lovely, excellent, and are blessings.
- Have them recite verses back to you. This is helpful for reviewing verses they have already learned, and it is a great way for them to hear the verses being said in their voices.
- Make it fun! Play games, give prizes and allow them to have the space to mess up if they do not get it right.
Whether you are just beginning or you are needing some fresh ideas to teach your kids this is an opportunity to spend time learning God’s word with your children. You can teach them some of your favorite Bible verses with these 10 scripture memory tips and explain why they are important to you.
If you would like to know which translation of the Bible we use, Grace K!DS uses the Orange Curriculum provided by The reThink Group. This curriculum uses the NCV bible translation for preschool and the NIrV translation for elementary school students. You can certainly use whichever bible translation you discern is best for your family. Grace uses the ESV Bible translation to teach from the pulpit.
Learning to memorize scripture can look different for many children depending on when you start teaching them. It is important to note that it is never too late to start. Today is a great day to begin!
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