I have happy memories of Bible verse memorization as a child.
Most of my scripture memory took place 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.
Those Bible memory verses shaped my life. And they still speak to me today.
So when I became a mom, I was determined to give my kids a strong spiritual foundation.
Along with teaching my kids how to pray, I was convinced that they also needed the same scripture memory tools that I was taught.
But as a busy mom (who can be easily distracted by life’s activities!) I needed a simple approach to teaching scripture memorization.
That’s when I discovered 3 simple keys to scripture memorization for kids.
I’m excited to share these techniques with you so that you can also make Bible memory easy for your family too!
3 Ways to Make Bible Verse Memorization Easy for Kids
Learn it, link it, live it: These are the three principles that I’ve found make it so much easier for kids to really remember Bible verses.
Let’s take a closer look at these 3 simple principles that can make all the difference. I’ve also included memorizing scripture techniques for inspiration.
Key 1: Learn it.
Long-term memory doesn’t happen overnight.
Neither does long-term Bible verse 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)
5 Scripture Learning Ideas That Help with Bible Verse Memorization
- 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.
3 Scripture Linking Ideas for Bible Verse Memorization
- 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 Bible verse memorization.
4 Ideas on How to Live Scripture (and Make Biblical Truth Come Alive)
- 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
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.
Want Fun Ideas for Bible Memory Games that Kids Love?
If you’re looking for specific scripture memory tools (that use songs, art and games to learn Bible memory verses) you’ve got to see this post:
Learn More About Scripture Memorization
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!
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