3 Keys to Easy Scripture Memorization for Kids

I have happy memories of Scripture memorization as a child.

Most of the verses I learned at home, one line at a time, day after day. By the time I turned double-digits I had dozens of verses tucked in my heart.

They shaped my life. And they still speak.

So when I became a mom, I was determined to give my little ones the same gift – and raise a well-versed family.

But it didn’t take long before my good intentions were derailed. Enticing distractions and hectic schedules were stubborn obstacles.

Arr. I needed a fresh approach.

And that’s when I discovered 3 keys to easy Scripture memorization. And they work!

Not sure how to help kids memorize Bible verses? This post has 3 easy (and powerful!) ways for scripture memorization. These 3 keys make memorizing scripture easy and do-able! You've got to check it out!

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This guest post by Caroline Boykin of WellVersedLiving.com is Part 1 of 2 in a series on helping kids effectively memorize scripture. You can read Part 2 (“21 Ways to Memorize Bible Verses with Music, Games and Art”) here.

Key 1: Learn it.

Long-term memory doesn’t happen overnight.

Neither does long-term scripture memorization. It takes repetition and review – going over and over a verse across time until it’s locked in our memory.

For example, saying a verse twenty times in one day is not as helpful as saying it twice a day for ten days.

My suggestion is:

Twice daily said,
Over a ten-day spread –
Will embed in your head.
(my apologies for the painful rhyme)

Scripture Learning Ideas:

  • Take turns reciting the verse using entertaining accents, like a deep southern drawl or Shakespearean stage voice.
  • Sing the verse to an operatic style, rap beat, or familiar tune.
  • Display the passage where your family can see it daily.
  • Place a verse card beside your child’s bed for cozy nighttime review.
  • Keep a verse card in the car for when you are out and about.

Key 2: Link it.

Associating and connecting a verse to something else – a picture, activity, motion, or melody – enhances our ability to recall. This also makes for easy scripture memorization.

Bible memory links are especially important for young children. Good links connect their concrete thinking to abstract spiritual concepts. It gives them a “hook” to hang the words on.

Scripture Linking Ideas:

  • The butterfly is a helpful illustration of our new life in Christ. “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Purchase a butterfly kit. Tape a verse card to the outside. Then watch as the caterpillars transform into new Masterpieces.
  • A flashlight is a handy learning link for Psalm 119:105, “Your word in a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Give your child his own flashlight and write the verse on the handle.
  • A wilted Mother’s Day bouquet is an visual {and smelly} learning link for Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Write the verse on an index card and tape it to the vase.

Scripture memory links are everywhere: in the sky, at the park, around home. It’s simply a matter of seeing them and seizing them!

Key 3: Live it.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “I have a horror of words that are not translated into deeds, of speech that does not result in action.”

Application moves the Word from our heads to our hearts. Brainstorm how your family can live a verse – and then do it. Put feet to your faith, and motion to your scripture memorization.

Ideas on How to Live Scripture:

  • Pray for someone who has wronged you and ask God to bless him.
  • Send a card or make a call to encourage a military or missionary family.
  • Bring dinner and a bag of groceries to an elderly widow and keep her company for a while.
  • Some verses are lived by believing they are true. After all, “the righteous shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).

3 Keys: Learn, Link and Live Scripture

In his book Faith Training, youth expert Joe White says: “Scripture memory is the single-most-effective life-shaping tool in a parent’s toolbox!”

I couldn’t agree more!

So learn, link, and live God’s Word…with a smile. These three simple steps make for easy spiritual memorization.

Think spiritual Happy Meal for your child’s soul (not castor oil). And your child (and you) will soak it up like a sponge. I promise.

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These tips are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helping kids grow in their faith and live out the truths of Scripture.

Caroline’s book, The Well-Versed Family: Raising Kids of Faith through Scripture Memory, is full of great tips like these to encourage kids to memorize Bible verses and to put their faith in action!

You’ll love her easy, conversational style and all the great ideas hidden in this gem-of-a-book!

Get your copy today here!

About Caroline Boykin

Caroline is a soul-foodie, passionate about the organic truths of Scripture. She is a popular speaker and author of The Well-Versed Family: Raising Kids of Faith through Scripture Memory. She blogs at WellVersedLiving.com where she dishes up platefuls of truth on platters of authenticity and compassion. Caroline is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children. She loves cooking, laughing, and hiking with her family. Caroline and her hubby have 2 grown daughters and a son-in-law, and 2 labradorable rescue pups. She lives in Plano, Texas.

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Christina Drake (Sunshine) - June 30, 2015 Reply

Great tips! Thanks for posting:)

Rev. Peter - April 7, 2016 Reply

Wonderful tips, indeed! A fun and entertaining way for key #1 is the Bible memory app Remember Me. It’s part of Google Play for Families(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.bible.remember_me) and recommended by homeschool moms (http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2012/05/top-5-educational-android-iphone-apps/)

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