We enjoyed the comments on the first post in this series on Scripture memory. It is so important that we seek to fill little hearts with God’s Word to prepare them for salvation and a relationship with Christ.
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 3:15
In Part One, we talked about a free ebook download Whatever It Takes and then three memorization techniques: listening to an audio Bible (free from Faith Comes by Hearing or also VerseLocker), reading personally and as a family, and repeating frequently.
In this post, we will look at three more.
Singing —I love Scripture songs. I memorized most of Psalm 119 with a friend years ago using recordings available for free here and now have started working on them with the children. Also, I stumbled across this site looking for 1 Corinthians 13 in song, and I love her version of it. Memorizing Scripture through song is a wonderful way to memorize, and was an approach to memorization that God wanted the Israelites doing in the Old Testament.
Writing—We like using Scripture passages for copy work. Some of our children love doing copy work, and for others, it’s more of a task that needs to be done. If they’re working on penmanship anyway, it’s nice that they get the dual benefit of reinforcing memory verses.
Motivating—When Joshua memorized Jonah last year, we told him we would have a “Jonah party” with some of our extended family. He got to plan out a program with a few songs, quoted the entire book, shared a little sermon about Jonah, and we finished with a dessert of his choice. The evening was delightful, and Joshua had a blast. In addition, our family memorized a chapter for the Scriptorium in Kansas City earlier this year and having a “deadline” helped keep us all motivated. This year we are participating in the National Bible Bee, and I am very excited about the memorization and study we are doing on the theme of worship this summer!
We were originally going to do this as a two-part series, but a question was asked about choosing, keeping track of, and reviewing memory verses that we will answer in an upcoming post.