Scripture Memory With Little Children, Part 3

Joshua and me doing Bible Bee Summer Study

Part 1 and Part 2 here if you haven’t read them. You’re hearing from Anna Marie again on her Bible Memorization series: practical encouragement on hiding God’s Word.

I had fully intended to write part 3 shortly following the others; however, first trimester of pregnancy, life as a mom, and starting homeschool took over! But here I am, back to tell you how we choose, keep track of, and review our verses.
First, a brief recap:

  • Keep Dad and Mom inspired (If you haven’t already, I recommend quickly reading this free ebook download titled Whatever It Takes, from Scripture Memory Fellowship)
  • Listen to an audio Bible
  • Read personally and as a family
  • Repeat frequently
  • Sing Scripture (such as this: Amazon affiliate link which blesses the Titus2 ministry. See Titus2’s privacy policy.)
  • Write it out
  • Motivate (with a celebration, event such as Scriptorium or Bible Bee, etc.)

There are three main ways we choose passages:
1. Christopher sometimes chooses a passage for us to memorize that will meet a current character need in our family, such as Colossians 4:6,  Ephesians 4:31-32, or Philippians 2:13-14.
2. We have been working through a catechism-type question answered with a Scripture verse, that was in our Christ-Centered Curriculum lesson guide. Things such as “Who is God?” (Jeremiah 10:10) or “Name the 3 Persons of the Godhead” (1 John 5:7), etc. It starts with God, goes through creation, Christ, Christian life, and more.
3. This year we participated in the National Bible Bee Summer Study (which was excellent!) so we had two passages each week to learn with that. When we share at a Scriptorium, we choose a passage (or passages) from the Scriptorium list we want to do and then work on that as a family.

Sharing verses with a friend from church

I don’t have a perfect system for keeping track of what we have memorized. I’ve started a Google Doc and intended to add each passage to it as we go, but I’ve struggled to be consistent with that. What has worked for me the best is to write them out on index cards and keep them in a box (I got an inexpensive index card box at Walmart), then as part of our routine we have fifteen minutes of verse review where I cycle through the cards we have learned. We don’t get through them all each day, but when we are doing it regularly I know we’ll be covering them all over the course of a few days.

Joshua found this to be a good memorizing spot!

The children enjoy doing our review in Bible Bee format, where I say their name, they go stand by the fireplace, then recite the passage I give them. For instance, “Ruthanne, please recite Colossians 4:6.” She replies, “Colossians 4:6. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Colossians 4:6.” We all clap, then she sits down, and I say the next child’s name. Saying the reference before and after the verse is required for Bible Bee, and practically speaking, it does help us all remember the references better so we incorporate that.

Right now we are finishing memorizing 2 Timothy 2 as a family for the Scriptorium in St. Louis coming up on September 14th. In this process, I’ve been reminded again of the power of listening. Ruthanne and Lydia have wanted to listen to the chapter (I set it to repeat) during their afternoon quiet playtime, and I was surprised when Lydia started quoting the chapter and went several verses beyond what we have actually “worked on.” Granted, it wasn’t word perfect, but when they are that familiar with it, they pick it up rapidly. Just an encouragement to you parents to keep that audio Scripture going for your little ones!
Speaking of the Scriptorium—This is short notice, but if you’re in that area and want to share a chapter, there are still some available to sign up for—several less than twenty verses. We have been blessed by the time of fellowship and edification around the Word at Scriptoriums in the past and would enjoy meeting you there!
God bless you,
Anna Marie

“Thy hands have made me and fashioned me:
give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.”
Psalm 119:73

11 thoughts on “Scripture Memory With Little Children, Part 3”

  1. I have so enjoyed reading your series Anna Marie. I am 57 and struggle with scripture memory. It just shows you can “teach an old dog new tricks!”. The investment you are making in your children will reap many benefits as they grow up. Way to go!!

  2. Loved reading how you guys incorporate scripture into your lives. We use a simple index card similar to yours.

  3. Dear Anna Marie and Sarah,
    thank you so much for taking the time to put this post together! Like the other two, it has really blessed me and renewed my motivation to put more effort in Bible memorization with our children. We, too, took part in this Bible Bee Summer Study and found it a great motivation to integrate more of God’s Word into our lives.
    Blessing on you new school year from Austria,

    1. By the way, I realized I have been using a similar review system with my personal Bible verse memory cards stacked on my bathroom sink. I aim to review the first few on top at least twice daily while teeth brushing. Then I put the ones I reviewed under the stack, or in the middle of the stack if I want to review them sooner. I never thought of doing the same with our children verses though, thank you so much Anna-Marie for the idea!
      I also have a second stack next to the first, where I put the verses I want to learn and those from the review stack which I can’t remember well. I work on this stack during my grooming time just after waking up. It helps keeping my otherwise sluggish thoughts fixed on the Lord! And since these times are linked to other regular activities, I find it easier to be consistent with my personal Bible memory work. Again, thanks to you both for your joint work in encouraging us families to memorize God’s Word with our children!
      Blessings, Anne-Laure

  4. I’ve so looked forward to reading each post you’ve shared on scripture memory. It has motivated me to spend more time on scripture memory myself and with my children, and all the ideas you’ve shared have given me new ways to do that. Thanks so much for taking the time to share this wonderful series!

  5. I just wanted to leave this encouragement. Anna Marie’s suggestion of little ones listening to the Bible songs by Bible Truth Kids has been such a blessing to us. Our daughter has autism and isn’t conversational yet but she loves music and listens to these Bible songs over and over. We hear her trying to sing the words, which is amazing considering she doesn’t talk, and since they are pure Scripture, she is singing the Word of God. I hope this blesses others as it has blessed us!

    1. Thank you, Dessiree, for sharing. Very sweet to picture your little girl singing Scripture when she isn’t able to talk. What a joy! I will share your comment with Anna Marie, too.

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