Help Your Children Memorize Scriptures
Are you interested in helping your children learn scriptures? I believe that is is extremely important that we teach our children the Word of God. Keep reading if you’d like some tips on things you can try with your children. 🙂
Start with Foundational Scriptures
Are you not sure where to start? I think it’s a good idea to teach your child foundational scriptures such as about the oneness of God. So if you’re not sure where you should start, you can start with a scripture such as Ephesians 4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” I think it’s nice to also add the next verse once your child has mastered this short verse. So I’d also add Ephesians 4:6 “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Another great verse to add that short is Isaiah 43:11 “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” Another great verse, that is longer, but is an awesome verse to show your kids the oneness of God is Isaiah 44:6 “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”
Use Songs to Help Your Kids Memorize Scriptures
For some scriptures, I make up songs. Using songs, the children have learned some scriptures. For example, we use a song to say Matthew 5:3-9, which includes many of the Beatitudes. We also sing verses such as Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Regularly Practice the Scriptures
In our homeschool, I started a list of scriptures, and I have the children practice saying some scriptures almost every day that we homeschool. Like many things, if you want your children to master things, it must be practiced a lot. If your list of scriptures that you want your kids to memorize, starts to get long, you can divide the list up, and can you have the kids practice segments of the list on different days.
Reward Your Kids for Memorizing Scriptures
You can give your children a challenge and offer a reward for memorizing scriptures. For example, for memorizing a certain scripture, you could tell your child for 1 hour or 2 hours, they get to choose what you all do on a set day if they memorize the challenge scripture. For different aged children you can give them different challenges.
Try Visual Cues
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You can use scripture cards for your children. I have created scripture cards that can be used. You can have the child display the scripture on his desk. I have created natured themed scripture cards. I have also created Fruit of the Spirit themed cards.
There are different things you can try to help your children to learn the scriptures. If one thing doesn’t work, try something else. It’s important that you don’t give up. Try to make Bible memorization fun as it is crucial for your child. 🙂