I’m blogging once a month in 2018. This post is an update from 2015.
My youngest grandboy, 18 months old, is learning to sing “The Wheels on the Bus.” He knows when to chime in with all the sound words—up and down, beep-beep-beep, swish-swish-swish, waah-waah-waah, and shh-shh-shh.
Children, even toddlers like my grandson, have an amazing capacity for learning and for memorizing! Shouldn’t we make sure, then, that God’s Word gets placed in those little hearts and minds too? Those words “hidden in their hearts” will lodge there for a lifetime.
Here are five ways to make memorizing Scripture effective and fun (at any age—you might want to try these out yourself). Repetition is key, but it doesn’t have to be boring!
1. Put the words to a beat and chant them together. Add claps, taps, and foot-stomping if you’d like. Not sure which verses to learn? Check an age-appropriate Bible storybook with verses correlated to each story.
2. Sing the words. Make up your own tunes, or try some of the excellent Scripture songs available from children’s artists. Try music from Yancy, Steve Green, the Seed Company, Twin Sisters, and Scripture Lullabies (great to play as children drift off to sleep).
My absolute favorite Scripture music for littles, though, has been the CD in the book My Sing-Along Bible by Steve Elkins. Verses through the Bible are set in short, singable songs in a variety of styles. No one gets bored, and God’s Word gets in!
3. Make reading and repeating the verses aloud together a family activity. (This is one strength of the Charlotte Mason Scripture memory system.)
4. Make verses visible. Post them around the house where children will see them often. Write a different verse each week on a chalkboard in the kitchen. Let children copy a verse themselves and choose where to post it.
5. Make verses tactile. My oldest grandson enjoyed verses I made magnetic for him to assemble and stick on the dishwasher, fridge, or a cookie sheet.
Just print out the words in large type on colored paper with extra spaces between each word. T hen back the verse with magnetic strips and cut the words apart. Printing different verses on different colors helps children sort and assemble the verses too.