Oct 5, 2013

4 Tips to help your kids Memorize Scripture

I am linking up with {about a thousand other bloggers} over at "the nester" for 31 days of writing, and sharing 6 months worth of Family Devotions throughout this month! In between each theme I am sharing a thought about "Raising Biblically Responsive Kids", as a way to make this idea more relevant to parents.  The Theme I just finished: Fear.

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6) 

Maybe you have never memorized scripture, or maybe you have, but have never tried to teach your children how to memorize scripture... or maybe {just maybe} you have attempted it but have been stymied by your littles' short attention span.  

Here are four tips to help you and your kids memorize scripture:

1 – Be aware of WHO your child is.
It is common knowledge that there is more than one way to learn, in fact there are 3 different learning styles. If you want your children to fully grasp a concept, you need to make sure you are teaching them in a way they learn.   The link above is a simple page that explains more completely what these different styles are and what activities are most effective for learning.  I encourage you to refresh your knowledge if it hasn't been refreshed recently {or learn something new!} 

The devotions I am sharing will be best internalize when you conform them to your kids personal learning styles.  For example, I have an visual/auditory learner and a kinesthetic learner.  So merely showing my kids the verses and reading them aloud will not teach my hands-on {kinesthetic} learner.  We write them out, we read them aloud to one another and we do activities that reinforce  memorization.

If you have younger children, it is OK to simplify the verse for your little ones.  Keep it short, capture the main concept and paraphrase it. {Instead of  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." Proverbs 3:5-6 shorten it down to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart." for your 3-5 year old.}

2 – Make it fun! 
Memorize it with them! Your kids will be so excited if you are memorizing them too!  Kids love hand motions, create hand motions to go with the main words in the verse together and practice using your whole bodies. {Great for squirmy kids and hands-on learners}

Play games with them! Unscramble the verse: Write one word of the verse on separate index cards, scramble them up and give a set to each child and have competitions to see who can unscramble their verse first!  Uncover it! Get a small white board and write the verse out and cover up words with post-it notes and have your kids see if they can remember the missing words.

Sword Fight! Once you have a number of verses memorized, have each child hold their Bibles {their "sword" - Hebrews 4:12} and call out the reference, the first child who can not only correctly say the verse, but find the verse in the Bible wins.

3 – Repeat!
The more you play, talk, read, say, write and remind your kids of their memory verse, the more they will remember it!  Every day remind them of the verse, do one or two memory activities, and reinforce the value of memorizing scripture!

4 – Discuss what it means and how to apply it to their lives.
Kids who are 7 and older can really understand the more complex ideas of applying Biblical truth to their lives.  You know your child, some 4 or 5 year olds may "get it" while some might have an 8 or 9 year old who is just barely there.  Use the discussion questions and start conversations about the theme and the verse you've been memorizing.  The better your child understands the verse, the better they will remember it, and the more likely it will change their behavior down the road.

Praying that you and your children will be "hiding" God's Word in your hearts more and more!

Did you know that this is part of a 31 days of Family Devotions project?
For the full index {of all available themes} go here.
For an explanation of this project visit here.

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