Stop the Tears!

14 Enjoyable Ways to Memorize Bible Verses with Your Kids

You want to memorize Bible verses with your kids, but every time you try, it becomes a battles of the wills. You are frustrated, your child is frustrated, and you wonder if it is even worth the effort to try to memorize Bible verses.

Scripture memory doesn’t have to be stressful and frustrating. You can change Bible memorization from drudgery to an enjoyable time of connecting with your kids as you study God’s Word together.

Scripture memory doesn't have to be stressful and frustrating. You can memorize Bible verses with your kids. These 14 ideas will transform Bible Memory into an enjoyable experience.

Bible Memory Basics

1. Set aside time for Bible memory. (Preferably not fifteen minutes before AWANA starts.)

2. Talk through the verse with your child. Make sure your child has a basic understanding of the verse context and the meaning of any unfamiliar words.

3. Use your child’s learning style to help him or her memorize.

Scripture memory doesn't have to be stressful and frustrating. You can memorize Bible verses with your kids. These 14 ideas will transform Bible Memory into an enjoyable experience.

Do you know your child’s learning style?

There are three basic learning styles:

Auditory: What this child hears sticks in his head. He can repeat long sections of a commercial that he heard and knows the lyrics to many songs without trying to learn them.

Visual: You can talk to this child all day long and it goes in one ear and out the other. But, if this child can see the concept on paper, she’s got it.

Kinetic: This child learns by movement. His mind works best when his body is in motion. This is the child who, when you are trying to teach him something, will start rotating back and forth in the swivel chair. Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh. Even though he is driving you nuts, he may actually be using the movement to process information.

Once you know your child’s learning style, you can use this knowledge to help him or her memorize God’s Word.

Scripture memory doesn't have to be stressful and frustrating. You can memorize Bible verses with your kids. These 14 ideas will transform Bible Memory into an enjoyable experience.

Auditory learners:
1. Pick a simple tune and put the verse to music.
2. Chant the verse.
3. Emphasize different words in the verse.
4. As you are saying it to your child, stop suddenly and see if your child can fill in the blank. Make a game of it.
5. Say the verse with finger puppets.

Visual Learners: 
6. Encourage your child to write the verse down on paper.
7. Write the verse down, using different colors for different words.
8. Write the verse on a dry erase board, then allow your child to erase one or two words each time you say it together until the board is blank and your child is saying the verse independently.
9. Write the verse out, but substitute a few key words with pictures.
10. Write the verse on sticky notes or small pieces of paper, one word per piece. Scramble the words and have your child put them in the correct order.

Scripture memory doesn't have to be stressful and frustrating. You can memorize Bible verses with your kids. These 14 ideas will transform Bible Memory into an enjoyable experience.

Kinetic Learners:
11. Bounce a ball or balloon back and forth as you say each word in the verse.
12. Touch toes and stretch as you say the verse.
13. Jump rope or jump on a trampoline as you say it.
14. Act out the verse or use motions for key words.

Finally, as you encourage your kids to memorize verses, don’t have them do it alone. Memorize it with them. Challenge your kids, and show them that Bible memory is important for adults as well as children. It might be one of the most important things you ever teach your children.

How do you memorize verses with your kids? Do you have any great tips or ideas? I would love to hear about them. Please scroll down to comment.

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2 thoughts on “Stop the Tears!

  1. Thanks for these ideas. Now I’ve just got to figure out what my boys learning styles are. Although a safe bet is kinetic. (Aren’t all boys?)

    • Not all boys are kinetic learners although the majority of kinetic learners are boys. (You had to stop and think about that one, didn’t you?) It might be hard to determine which learning style your kids gravitate toward while they are preschoolers, but it should start to become clear as they get into school. Identifying learning styles will help to guide you as you teach them throughout their childhood, and reduce wasted time and frustration. (For example, I am a strong visual learner. Class lectures are wasted time for me. I don’t retain any of it. Give me a text book, and I will retain the information.) I hope this helps!