Looking for a Scripture Memory plan for kids?
Feeling overwhelmed at the task because you’ve never memorized Scripture in your homeschool?
No worries, Friend!
Use this Scripture memory plan for kids to deepen your connection with your kids and memorize the Bible.
Add this to your homeschool routine in just 5 minutes a day and have fun.
Why Memorize Scripture?
As Christian moms, we know it’s important to hide Scripture in our hearts. Throughout the Bible, we see this.
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
In Psalm 1 it says,
Blessed is the man (whose…) delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He’s like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season.
In John 4:4, we see Jesus using Scripture as an offensive weapon against the adversary.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’.
Ultimately, by having God’s Word hidden in our minds, we’re able to lean in to His grace and mercy in times of trouble.
How Can I Help My Child Memorize Bible Verses?
In Deuteronomy 6, God encourages the Israelites to repeatedly share stories of His provision with their kids.
These words I am commanding you today are to be upon your hearts. And you shall teach them diligently to your children and speak of them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Here we see that God wanted His people to know what He’d done for them.
And because He’s the One who designed us, He offered the Israelites the most efficient strategy.
Repetition and memorization.
The messages we share with our children are the ones they will take with them into adulthood.
Effective & Efficient
Scripture Memory work is so effective because children are especially capable of memorization.
God designed the human brain to memorize effectively and efficiently while it grows in childhood.
Let me pause and address the elephant in the room.
If you’re starting scripture memory work with an older child, this doesn’t mean that your child is unable to memorize. They absolutely can and will!
It’s never too late.
Are Kids Too Young To Understand Scripture?
Whether multiplication facts or Scripture verses, rote memorization has received a lot of flack.
Some say that it is useless to have kids memorize what they cannot understand fully. The argument follows that rote memorization is moot.
I cannot more highly and passionately disagree.
A child’s natural ability to memorize easily and efficiently is a gift from God Himself.
Rote Memorization Rocks!
As our kids grow, the Scripture they’ve memorized will grow with them in them.
Scripture is living and active. We all know that Scripture read once, is just that.
Just as with adults, it’ll take on a whole new meaning in different seasons.
6 Steps To Help Your Kids Memorize Scripture
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
If you’re ready to walk alongside your children in Scripture memorization, get excited!
This is the exact Scripture memory strategy that I have used with my kids for years. (Hang tight: Bonus Dance Moves In Video Tutorial Below).
1. Choose A Chunk Of Scripture
There are tons of ways and plans for Scripture Memory Work out there.
However, I have found that most of them are based on one Scripture verse in isolation at a time. This has never been an effective strategy for my kids and me.
Memorizing larger passages of Scripture has served my family so much more than trying to pick and choose one verse at a time.
Bible Verses To Teach Your Child
If you’re wondering which Bible verses to memorize with your kids, here are a few recommendations. Chunks of scripture that we’ve memorized are:
- Psalm 100,
- Matthew 5:3-12, The Beatitudes
- John Chapter 1
- Proverbs 2
- Isaiah 11
- Philippians 2
- Colossians 3
2. Print Scripture In Large Font
Once you have chosen the chunk of Scripture that you are committed to memorizing, print it out in large font.
It’s important to consider visual input whenever teaching your child anything. Make the Scripture visually appealing and not too overwhelming.
- Print the Scripture passage on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
- Make sure the text is in large font and, at a minimum, double spaced. We want it to be read from a distance of 3 to 4 feet.
- I always insert Scripture in a sheet protector.
- Then we display it either on the refrigerator or we keep it safely in our homeschooling binder.
Choose what works for your family. In the end, just make sure to have a home for all of your scripture memory work printables.
3. Short Bursts Of Time Each Day
There are no rules about what time is best to memorize Scripture.
- If you have littles and everyone is up at the crack of dawn, practice the verses while eating breakfast.
- Teens sleeping late? Catch them at lunchtime.
It doesn’t matter. Just choose a time to gather 4-5 days a week for a whopping 5 minutes.
4. Rhyme & Music
We all know what it is like to hear a song that we haven’t listened to in years. Every word comes back to us as if we had just heard it yesterday.
There is power in music. Our brains were designed to create memory through music. Use that principle to your Scripture memory advantage.
Chant, rap or sing to a nursery rhyme, jingle or other song.
There are lots of options. You choose what works from verse to verse.
Don’t feel the need to use the same tune for the entire passage. Switch it up as you go along.
5. Incorporate Dance & Movement
Use physical rhythm and movement while learning Scripture.
By using specific body movements, you’re using multiple parts of the brain.
Employing the various sensory systems allows information to more efficiently and effectively stick.
Bonus Homeschool Teaching Tip:
6. One Line of Scripture At A Time
One reason I recommend memorizing larger passages of Scripture is because it takes longer to do so.
Each time we move on to a new verse, we review the prior one.
Doing so over a longer period of time allows the Scripture to move from short term to long-term memory.
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Hightlight 1 Verse A Week
Choose one or two verses to focus on each week. Use a highlighter to highlight each verse as you progress.
Spend your short periods of time reviewing the prior verses and then work on the new verse.
By the end of the school year, you and your kids will have fully memorized an entire passage of Scripture that will stick for years to come.
The Memory Plan & Dance Video
So… what does this look like on a practical level?
Check out this video of my girls and I reciting Psalm 100. Warning you now… no judgement here.
This is not a perfect video by any stretch of the imagination.
My kids are older now and not as excited about performing for the camera. The point is that they know His Word.
I’ll take it.
In this video, we hadn’t practiced this Psalm for close to a year. We used each step outlined above slowly… over time… and memorized this chunk of Scripture.
The kitchen island was our rehearsal studio and the memories will last a lifetime.
Do You Have Scripture Memory Plan?
We’ve all heard the saying, “Kids soak up everything.” So with that in mind, let’s jump on this opportunity.
Use this Scripture Memory Plan as a guide.
Modify the chants, movements and songs to fit your family’s desires. Most importantly, have fun!
So what about you? Do you have a fun system for Scripture Memory?
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