Even very young children can learn simple scriptures. Older children often surpass adults in speed and accuracy when memorizing verses. Knowing your child’s dominant learning style can help you focus on methods that are uniquely effective.
Top Ten Bible Memory Tips for Kids
(Grownups can use them too!)
For Visual Learners
- Journal – Have your child keep a special journal just for memory work. She can use it to record the verse, as well as her thoughts about the scripture.
- Colored pencils and small drawings – Color coding special words in the verse or drawing little pictures by the words will trigger your child’s memory and engage his imagination. And it’s just more fun to learn when the page looks cheerful!
For Auditory Learners
- Listen – Read the verse out loud to your child or listen to an audio version together. Free audio versions of the bible can be found at LibriVox and Bible Gateway. You can also record yourself reading the verse – this is an easy choice for smartphone users, and fun for your kids to hear.
- Talk about it – Discuss what the verse means. Don’t just give a sermon, ask your child what he thinks God is showing him through the verse. Listen patiently and correct theological errors with gentle questions. Ultimately the goal in memorizing scripture is not to know a lot of words but to grow in relationship with God.
- Say it out loud – Over and over and over! We say the verse 10 times together out loud, then each person tries to say it alone. Don’t be surprised if you need to repeat more often.
- Sing – There are a number of great scripture albums geared for kids, including Songs for Saplings, Seeds Family Worship, and Hide ’em in Your Heart. If you can’t find a song with your verse, make one up! We like to keep scripture music CD’s in the car.
For Kinesthetic Learners
- Use your body – Make up motions to go along with the words, or use American Sign Language. Here is Sami Cone showing Psalm 23 with hand motions. It’s especially fun to combine motions with scripture songs… dance His Word with your kids!
Keep It Fun!
- Learn scripture with friends – Find a local chapter of a scripture memorization organization, or start your own. Awana clubs provide structure and incentive for memorizing verses. If your child enjoys a good competition check out Junior Bible Quiz or Bible Bee.
- Use a book designed for kids – Use a story book like My ABC Bible Verses to engage your child’s imagination as he memorizes. I have also heard good things about the Truth and Grace Memory Book series.
- Use technology – Older children will enjoy websites like ScriptureTyper and MemVerse, as well as smartphone apps such as FighterVerses.
Tips For Parents
- Choosing scriptures – Use scripture lists to help you choose the verses you want your child to memorize. You may want to highlight basic theological concepts, well-known verses, or even scriptures that address areas in which your child is struggling. You will find topical lists in books such For Instruction in Righteousness and Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments. The FighterVerses app has a “Foundation Verse for Kids” section.
- Keep it hidden in their hearts – to retain verses over time, try using the Scripture Memory System from Simply Charlotte Mason.
Whichever methods you use to help your children learn scripture, be sure to keep the goal in mind – growing your child’s love for the Lord. Stay cheerful and have fun alongside your children!
Do you have any great tips to help kids memorize scripture? Share with us in the comments…
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