Works for Me Wednesday–Scripture Memorization

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One of our goals this year was to really begin incorporating God’s Word into our everyday lives more.  The girls’ nana had already taught them several “stand alone” scriptures; both Lulu and Louise have quite a few in their repertoires already.   I knew from this that the girls were capable and ready to learn even longer passages of scripture.  Our first memorization challenge as a family is Psalm 1.  The way we approached this was to begin each day at breakfast with a reading of the chapter.  Then, we focus on one verse at a time, adding a new verse every other day.  We always go back and say the whole thing over again when we practice the new verse instead of just learning each verse alone.  Repetition is the key.  We do this again at lunch time, and then we do it again at supper.  I will often just start quoting the chapter at random times during the day, also.  We end our day with a recitation of our new chapter after stories and prayers.  We eat every meal together (except Steady Eddie, who only gets to be with us at supper during the week), so this seemed like a natural time for reinforcing God’s Word.  However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is actually God’s idea to do it this way:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.    Exodus 6:5-7 NIV

When the girls get a little bored with the normal recitation, we’ll do something fun, like saying our verses in a high voice or a deep voice.  I am so excited that my 3 1/2 year old and 2 year old have learned almost a whole chapter (of six verses) in just two week’s time.  Praise the Lord!  This definitely works for me!

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  1. This is exactly the way we memorized our first verse as a family when my girls were about your girls’ age … And we used Psalm 1! I think my husband might’ve also come up some hand motions in a few places.

    I’m so glad you posted this on WFMW.

  2. We do this as well, only with short verses (my kids are 6, 3, 1) and I haven’t got around to picking new verses for the year…oh well.

    But I like the idea of memorizing chapters! Makes sense, and we can just do as little or much at a time.

  3. Thanks for posting this. We work hard with scripture memorization at our house, and I’m constantly amazed at what even my littlest one can do!

  4. Oh, I love this. It will spur me on to so some more with my boys. Last summer my boys memorized the 23rd psalm…my youngest was 3 at the time and he still loves saying it as a night time prayer. I like the idea about high voice and low voice…and hand motions that someone else mentioned because it helps to make it more fun when you are working on it.
    We learned the 23rd Psalm as a suprise for their dad…so that gave them some incentive to work hard on it and keep it a secret til we were ready to recite it for him.
    Thanks for the post!

  5. Great idea! I’ve had success teaching my son scriptures through song–I know dozens that my Dad used to sing with all the kiddos at church on Sunday nights when I was little. He always added a sing-song reference to where the verse was found so we’d learn that too. I’m always amazed by how much he can retain at 3, but then, he only has 3 years worth of other stuff to keep in his head!

  6. It always amazes me how quickly my kids can memorize scriptures. Bria could recite upwards of twenty different verses (we usually just have them memorize a verse or two) at one time….I just haven’t had her do it lately, as we generally just work on the verse we are currently memorizing. But I love how it really helps them figure out the Gospel when they memorize. 🙂

    Good job, mom. 🙂

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