Do you want to memorize Bible verses with your kids, but find that it always becomes a battles of the wills?
Does Bible memorization leave both you and your child feeling frustrated?
Do you wonder if it is even worth the effort?
Scripture memory doesn’t have to be stressful and frustrating. You can change Bible memorization from frustration to fun with these simple games and activities.
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.
There are three basic learning styles:
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.
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.
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.
1. Pick a simple tune and put the verse to music.
2. Chant the verse.
3. Repeat the verse several times, each time emphasizing a different word.
4. As you are saying the verse to your child, stop suddenly and see if he can say the next word. Make a game of it.
5. Say the verse with finger puppets.
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 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.
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.
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