Helping Children Memorize Scripture

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I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

Memorizing Scripture is such an important part of growing our faith as Christians. In the Christian school where I attended, each student in the school memorized a section of Scripture every month. Each day during assembly we would read the passage together aloud. Sometimes it would be a whole chapter and sometimes it would be about 10-15 verses. I still remember the passages we learned and can recite them today. All these XX number of years later. (Sorry, no guessing on the years allowed.)

Helping children memorize Scripture is a vital part of their growth!

Recently I shared with you a great list of books that are wonderful ideas to give as gifts. Two of the books on that list are perfect to plan now and begin at the start of the new year. Both of these books are specific to learning and memorizing Scripture and I just love them.

The Joshua Code: 52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know

What is the Joshua Code? As the leader of Israel, Moses’ successor, Joshua had some big shoes to fill. What was his secret to prosperity and success? His secret is found in Joshua 1:8:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

In order to be obey God’s Word, we have to know what it says. I know that for my kids, I often fail in my parenting to emphasize what the Bible has to say on a particular topic. Our house rules have a Bible verse associated with each rule and I try to use this list as a reference as often as I can. But purposeful parenting in this area requires focus. That’s why I’m excited to delve into this little jewel:

I Can Learn the Bible: The Joshua Code for Kids: 52 Devotions and Scriptures for Kids

This incredible tool, I Can Learn the Bible, is a guide for teaching your child 52 passages of Scripture that everyone should know. The features in this book are the perfect guide for parents to use on a daily basis, but I love that this book is very doable for both adults and children. The parent can work through the Joshua Code while the child is working through I Can Learn the Bible and both are working on the same verses. Work on one verse a week and by the end of a year, your child will have learned 52 Bible verses! What a great design.

At the beginning of the book, the author, Holly Hawkins Shivers, has included a letter to parents with a daily breakdown of ideas on ways to emphasize and memorize the verses as you read through the book.

So here’s a list of just a few ideas I had to join in with Holly’s on helping children memorize Scripture:

1.Make up a song about the verse. Just pick up whatever musical instrument you have in the house and have fun!

2.Write out Scripture Art using the verse, then post it to your fridge for the week.

I’ve recently fallen in love with the Scripture Art that is popping up all over Pinterest. I’m not a pro, but I decided just to break out my old teacher chalkboard skills and try my hand at a verse. It doesn’t have to be perfect- just fun and focused on God’s Word! Here’s my quick try, wrinkles and all:

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I’m excited about future Scripture art projects! I’ve developed a love for fonts while working on my book cover recently and I now I want to buy some new markers or colored pencils and just have a little fun.

3.Use the Scripture art in a journal and have a beautiful keepsake at the end of the year!

4.Take a moment to break out the playdough and sculpt through the verse. For example, Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the sky and the earth.” Talk about what the earth looked like and shape a ball. Use a plastic knife to make land and water separated.

5.Use Logos Bible software to create a word search on the passage you are memorizing (according to the age and ability of your child.) Instructions here.

6. I found this super cute easy craft at Danielle’s Place for writing out verses.

If using this fabulous book, you could do the craft on the first day of the week, then keep it close by throughout the week, perhaps having your child carry it in their pocket and pull it out during waiting times or car rides.

7. Check out this list of 6 Ways to help you with Bible memory verses. and adapt the ideas for children according to age and ability.

Ok, friends. That will get you started; I’d love to hear your ideas! Today I’m pumped to give away one copy of I Can Read the Bible. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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17 Comments

  1. THank you so much for sharing this. I have been teaching my kids scripture just through songs or rhythm. They learn it so well but it has no focus and I love how these resources take you through the Bible together. It’s been on my heart to memorise more new scripture for myself. I was raised in a great Christian home and have been given a great deposit of scripture in my heart but I know I need to add to that.

    Always encouraging to read your blog. You’re such a faithful woman of God. What a blessing! x

  2. These are all amazing ways to help children! I cannot wait to share these with my little cousins!

  3. Darlene R. says:

    My grandchildren have a verse every week written on a blackboard in the kitchen.

  4. I have used songs also to memorize. But am interested in other ways. I’ll also have to check out the Joshua Code.

  5. The idea that I like to help my little one memorize Scripture is making up a song about the verse. He like to sing and learns new songs pretty fast, I think this would be the best way.

  6. I think all these ideas are sweet and so easy to accomplish. It is also a win, win because at the same time when you put the ideas into action with your child you will be building memories. Thanks so much for sharing. By the way, I read you Everlasting Light post too and loved it. 🙂

  7. Melissa Scott says:

    I love using songs with my kids to memorize scripture!

  8. This is a great New Years resolution. I have not heard of the Joshua code but will be checking it out. I like the scripture art but my musically gifted 4 year old would get the most out of singing them! Thanks for the ideas!!!

  9. Such great ideas. I’ll have to use some with my littles.

  10. Thanks for this post! I totally agree, it is soooo important to learn God’s word. It looks like The Joshua Code is a great place to start!

    There are only a handful of things that are eternal, God’s word being one of them. That is why I “translated” all four Awana Truth and Training handbook verses into a visual format. This was started to keep my daughter in the Awana program when she wanted to quit due to the challenge of the memory work. Just this year I have put together a website where other parents can purchase an e-book of visual verses, download and print the verses from their own computer.

    Give it a try with a free Summary of the 10 Commandments http://www.memoryicons.com/freebee.html
    It might just be a good springboard to “translate” your own verses into visual icons.

    Hope it is OK to share this information. I am just so passionate about God’s truth being memorized. And in this world when there are so many lies of compromise fed to us (and our children) we have to know what God says because it is the ultimate truth.

  11. I love using http://www.freedomkids.org videos and books with my boys. Even my two year old has about 6 verses memorized. Freedom Kids uses Bible words and a scripture to go with each word. We watch the 20 minute video once a day (and that is all the video time they get) and then we read the book of verses nearly everyday.

    I also love to listen to music that is full of His word. Steve Green did “Hide Them in Your Heart” in the 80s and my boys love those songs! They sing them all the time.

  12. Shatara Piedrasanta says:

    I love the idea of using Scripture Art. I think this would be effective with my oldest child (son).

  13. This sounds like such a great idea for our whole family! Thank you for the book recommendations!

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