I am amazed by the number of Bible verses that I learned as a child and can still recall – and how difficult it is for me to memorize Scripture now! One of my deepest desires as a mother is to encourage my children to hide God’s Word in their hearts.
Here are some ideas I’ve found helpful in teaching our daughters to memorize Bible verses.
- Read the Bible verse aloud to your child. Recite the reference of the verse as well as the actual text.
- Explain the definition of any unfamiliar words and discuss the meaning of the passage.
- Break the verse down into shorter phrases that are easy to remember.
- Have your child repeat the phrases after you several times.
- Make up a tune to go with the words of the verse.
- Schedule several times throughout the day to practice the verse; for example, every time you sit down to eat at the table or any time you get in the car and buckle up, say the verse together.
- Put motions with the words; you can include simple gestures like pointing up to heaven when saying “God” or “Lord” or moving your feet for the word “walk.”
- Record the verse in a media format and play it back so your child can listen to it.
- Make a video of your child reading the verse, then have him watch it while saying the words along with the recording.
- Use memory games to help reinforce the verse. Write the phrases on cards, then mix them up and have your child arrange them in the correct order; take turns with your child saying a word from the verse until you get to the end; write the verse on a small white board, then erase a few words and see if your child can quote the verse, including the missing words.
My second grader is currently learning part of Ephesians 6 which talks about putting on the armor of God. How wonderful that we can plant these seeds of Scripture in her heart at a young age!
Do you have any suggestions for making Bible memory a part of your day? What are some favorite passages that your children have learned?