How To Teach A Child To Memorize Bible Verses?

How To Teach A Child To Memorize Bible Verses? June 12, 2015

How can we help children commit to memory certain Bible verses? These same methods might also help adults do the very same thing.

In a Song

I believe one of the greatest ways to teach Scripture is using song. Songs have a way of imbedding themselves deep within the recesses of the mind. The notes tie in the lyrics or words into the melody and their memories retain it at a much higher rate than just rote memorization or reading and these biblically centered songs are still remembered and sung even into old age. Having them clap their hands to the music even further reinforces the memorization process. Even if they’re not strictly Scripture, we can teach biblically centered lessons in songs and have the children memorize the stories in this way. It is a fun way to teach the children and what happens is that the adults teaching these scriptural songs and biblical stories end up memorizing them too and that surely a win-win.

Board Games

I don’t know where my Bible board game went to but I used to use this in Sunday school when I taught 3rd/4th graders (combined). It was a board game where Moses was taking the Israelites out of Egypt toward the Promised Land and the children had to look at three different Bible verses to see which verse was right for where Israel was at the time. They learn to tie in the events of Genesis with the Scriptures associated with the migration of the nation of Israel after their exodus from Egypt. On the flip side, it was a board game about Joshua leading the nation into the Promised Land and just as in the other game on the flip side was, they had to select one of three Bible verses that matched where the Israelites were and that was the only way that they could advance on the game board. Each time they played it they became better at knowing which Bible verses were correct and after a while some didn’t even need to look at the three choices given on Scripture card because they had memorized them.

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Arts and Crafts

Children typically love arts and crafts and they can choose one of their favorite Bible verse and create a craft around it. It can be a Bible verse that can attach to a magnet and be placed on the refrigerator. It can be a small picture with a verse like “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15) and hung in the child’s room where they can see it every day. The possibilities for biblical or scriptural arts and crafts are limited only by your and their imagination.

Dinner Table Scripture Reading

Take about thirty 3 by 5 index cards and write down, or better yet, have the children write down Bible verses and place them in a box that can be placed at the center of the dinner table. They can use different colored pencils to add some color to them. Before each meal have each child take out a Bible verse and have each one read theirs before the meal and prayer. These can be replaced every so often. This tradition works well for many families but is limited to the times when the family is actually gets together for a family meal, which seems to be a tradition that is slowly slipping away.

Make a Bible Verse Scrapbook

This is fun for the children too because they decide what Bible verses go in each page or section of a scrapbook. Make sure they have their own pictures and names on the inside liner or on the first page and put the dates that they were added. They can add pictures that they create and color or they can search old magazines or newspapers to clip out and paste, adding artwork that seems appropriate for the Bible verses they use. These little scrapbooks can become highly valued gems to cherish throughout the child’s life that they can take with them into their adulthood and share with their own children.

Verse Around the Chairs

I couldn’t come up with a good enough name for this one so I called it “Verse Around the Chairs” but have the children sit in a circle, on the floor or in chairs, and give each child a 3 by 5 index card with the same verse on it. Start randomly in one place and have each child read only one word at a time and immediately after one child reads one word of the Bible verse(s) have the child to their immediate right read the next and go around and around until the entire verse or verses are read. Start in the reverse order next time. Then challenge them to go as fast as they can…they’ll love it. They will usually end up memorizing it fairly quick.

Conclusion

We are commanded by God to “take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children” (Duet 4:9) “so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life” (Duet 6:2). Hey, maybe those are two Bible verses you can use to have your children to memorize.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book  Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon

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  • pud

    What a horrid load of drivel! You should be arrested for child abuse. Tell me what songs you sing about genocide, slavery, rape and she bears killing 42 children? OH, you leave those out? How about demons in pigs before bedtime? Your cult is wicked, evil and full of childhood predators indoctrinating innocents into your imaginary celestial dictatorship. Shame on all of you!

    • Mr. Jim Island

      I wish my parents told me stories about she-bears killing 42 children, that sounds bloody awesome. Instead I had to listen about some fat old witch living in a gingerbread house getting thrown into a oven by two young children and all these other brutal stories.

      It’s funny because you must have been recently a child yourself probably playing violent games and watching the more adult suited films and yet you get on your high-horse in internet message-boards acting all superior simply because the stories these people tell have some sort of religious background.

      The children themselves certainly will come to their own conclusion about whats made up crap and what isn’t, they don’t need you to tell them. by doing so is indoctrination no matter how “true” you think your own beliefs are, your no different from these people trying to ingrain some bible quotes in the kids head.

      And lastly, I’m not sure that you know what a “cult” even is, and the way you describe it sounds a lot more like this “other” belief system I heard of but you most likely wouldn’t dare going to their websites or even *gasp!* saying it in public!

  • Mark Jabara Ellison

    The Jews were never the slaves of Egypt. Teaching children lies, is not a good idea.

  • bob smith

    I agree with the comments below…..this is disgraceful brainwashing of kids aimed at filling their heads with nonsense.

    Any parent who does any of this is clearly unfit and has no interest in the well being of their child!

  • SJ

    I like singing songs to little ones until you can teach them to recite the 23rd Psalm and the Lord’s Prayer.

    But the best may be just to hug them and say ” Yes Jesus loves you for the bible says so.”

    Jesus Loves Me
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=peA-9PYjuvM