Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Bible Memory for Kids

For the last couple of years, our family has fallen off the Bible memory bandwagon.

Not on purpose.

I don't exactly know what happened, except that I just got tired. No energy to follow through on yet another thing with the kids. A ten-year age gap from oldest to youngest makes just about anything hard to do as a group, and doing something separate for the big kids and little kids was very overwhelming for me (remember, I'm the One-Ring Circus gal?). We just kind of gave up.

But I've been feeling a renewed vision for this with my family. I learned many long passages of scripture between ages 10-15, and I remember them quite clearly so many years later - and that was in the King James Version!

I so want my kids to know and love God's Word. And childhood really is the time to hide it in their hearts.

So...we started this month with the Romans Road to Salvation: seven verses from the book of Romans that tell God's plan of salvation. Some people use a few more or less, but we are using 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9-10; 5:1; 8:1; and 8:28. (I was excited to see that Jennifer is going to be sharing her Romans study on her blog for the next 32 weeks!)

We are working on it after dinner, and are making up motions to help memorize most of the words. Surprisingly, all the big kids get into the fun as long as we give them a "stage!" (We use One Year Bible for Kids for before-school devotions).

Our next passage to memorize will be a Psalm, probably Psalm 91. I learned it in King James, and I just love the beautiful poetry of it. I can't go with too modern a translation - we'll use New King James.

I'd like to have a bit more of a plan, and would love to hear your experiences and any tips you have to share!


Susanne said...

Ok big time conviction happening. I had/have no plan. Like you it was yet another thing. I focused on having regular bible reading. I like what you started with, the Romans Road, think I'll get going on that one with my kids. One that I notice is needed when they hit junior high and high school is 1 Corithians 13, the love chapter. Gossip and slander seem to so much be part of teenagers "cliques".

Annie said...

I went to a Christian highschool and Bible memorization was a major part...I didn't realize until I was older how important it is.

voni said...

Thats wonderful!!!! Our kids do Awanas but we haven't tried memorizing passages. Your right, I remember better what I learned as a teenager then what I memorize now:)

amy@flexibledreams said...

When I was in middle school my mom started a program at our church called Stamps For Camp. Every kid got a sticker book (nothing special, just made by my mom) and on each page was a grid of 9 squares. For each verse you memorized and told to a designated adult at church you got a sticker in one of the squares. Each sticker was worth a dollar towards the summer camp our youth group attended. The program got the entire church involved. Some people donated money into the program, adults volunteered to listen to verses and the children and teens memorized hundreds of verses.

I know it's like paying your kid to memorize scripture but those verses are written on my heart, no matter how they got there (Psalm 121 was the first Psalm I memorized all the way through). I also have amazing memories of Harvey Cedars Bible Camp where I went for five summers as a teen.

Unknown said...

I am horrible about making memorizing scripture a priority, unless I'm forced to. The Bible study that we do together (where we will be studying Romans), has a memory verse each week. When it's taught to the kids, there's usually some way to help remember, so we just work on it throughout the week.

The other thing I love is the Wee Sing Bible tunes. Most songs have a scripture verse before the song, and so after listening to it one gajillion times, it kind of sticks with me. Amanda loved those tapes. I need to start playing them more for Kyle.

Btw, I just looked more closely at the titles from yesterday's post. I read Mr. Poppers Penguins to Amanda two years ago, and she just loved it! And we are reading the Narnia series now.

Sandy said...

I'm so glad to have found your blog *again* (well, I bookmarked it to some place in oblivion, and I accidentally stumbled across it today while looking for the library card catalog link...) Made my afternoon :-)

Even though we are not Baptist, my kids have attended AWANAs for years and have learned an amazing amount of scripture that way. I love hearing my 5 year old recite John 3:16. We also enjoy Steve Green's Bible memory CDs; the songs are cute and catchy and even *I*, the memory-challenged one in the family, can remember them!

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Thanks, guys. You are such a blessing! Amy - your sticker plan sounds great. My kids are all about competition, and I really have no problem offering "rewards" - you are right - it doesn't matter HOW it gets in there! Sandy - We've done Awana before (loved it for the little ones), but with the size of our family it's just been too hard to have *another* place to be during the week. I think for now we are going to stick with our home-plan - but pull a little Awana fun into it if possible...maybe a little red vest?? =)

I love Steve Green's Hide 'em in Your Heart CDs. I think we have every one! I need to pull those out again. Thanks for the reminder!

Sarah said...

We just started Scripture memory with Caiden, who's newly 5. I do one verse a week with him, and each week's verse starts with the next letter of the alphabet. This is our 5th week, so he's doing E: "Even a child is known by his doings," Prov. 20:11. Every Monday he recites the previous week's verse for 3 tokens, and then recites all the previous verses for 1 token each. (The tokens are part of my WFMW post from this week.)

He also listens to Steve Green CDs a lot, and it's amazing to me how many verses he knows from singing along!

Now if only I could get with the program . . . :)

Kristina at Learn2Luv2Run said...

I just have to say good luck and congrats. I have fallen off the bandwagon myself. Ooops, need to get back up...

Jenn said...

Thanks for the tips! When we memorize it is not as "organized" or "planned" I'm getting excited..hehe We have a big family as well. :)


Shawna said...

I have read on some sites recently of some mothers using Awana, but I don't seem to get much info out of their website. I'd like to know more about it.

I am teaching my boys the books of the Bible. My oldest started learning at 3 1/2 and knew them all at about 4. I learned them with him. We are on 1st and 2nd Samuel, and you should hear them with their little speech quirks. It is wonderfully adorable.