How do you teach your 5-6 year olds memory verses?
Rebekah - posted on 10/19/2011
My son is 3 years old and he already has 15 verses memorized! I'm very proud of him.
I put up a chart and my son memorizes 1 verse a week. On this chart is the Bible Story we are going to do and I put the memory verse on it.
For a 5-6 year old, I would still do 1 verse a week. Say the verse, have them repeat it. Write the verse, say it, have them repeat it. Then make words of the verse disappear as they recite it.
Other options you could do are:
- Flash cards, have them put the verse in order.
- Balloons with flash cards inside, have them pop them and put the verse in order.
- Act out the verse, for example, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 -- have the kids do silly things to get their hearts beating like, touch your noses, touch your toes, touch your elbows, jump up and down five times, turn in a circle 5 times to the left, turn in a circle 5 times to the right, run in place and count to 10, skip over here, etc... then collapse on the floor and quietly say the verse. Keep your voice quiet and gentle so the kids experience "rest" as their heartbeats slow to normal.
Make it fun! For other examples, I recommend the book "Making Scripture Memory Fund" from Group Publishing.
Kelsey - posted on 09/22/2011
Hi Lesa, I started my oldest on memorizing verses about a year ago. She is now 4 and knows 4-5 verses. Thats not many but I think it okay to go slow. I just post the verses on colorful paper and hang them around the house and about once a day we go over them; even my two year old can mumble some the verses.
Linda - posted on 09/12/2011
Children can learn anything with repetition, and songs are especially good. But I think the best way to encourage kids to learn Bible verses is through Awana. They are kid's clubs where the kids memorize literally hundreds of verses and earn awards, they play games, they have Bible lessons. I could go on and on...but you can check out their site at www.awana.org. They also have a club finder button at the top of their web page so you can find a club close to you by putting in your zip code.
Anne - posted on 09/08/2011
There are several c.d.s that help teach children Bible Verses. If this is not an option you can use regular children's songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I have been a Preschool teacher or Child Care Provider for most of my adult life. I truly believe we do children a disservice when we shorten verses. There are SOO MANY child finger plays or songs that are very long and children remember them. Praying with your children to ask the Holy Spirit to help them remember the Bible Verses helped our daughters. Oh one more thing remember to teach them the reference to the verse also. So they can look the verse up in a Bible as they get older.
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