As a Christian and as a parent, I believe that teaching my children to hide God’s Word in their heart is extremely important. Helping children memorize Scripture isn’t always easy, and at times they don’t see the point in it, but it is one thing we can do to help them in their walk with God. Here are some tips I’ve learned about how to help your child memorize Scripture.
How to Help Your Child Memorize Scripture
Memorize the verses with your child
Instead of just encouraging your child to memorize scripture by themselves, complete the task with them. As you memorize the scripture, it will give them the motivation they need to memorize it as well.
Make up a song to go with the scripture
Some people do better with memorizing scripture by turning it into a song. You are NOT diminishing the meaning of the bible verse by singing it. Sometimes it takes ‘thinking outside of the box’ to get things to stick in your brain.
Always start small
When you are first introducing scripture to your child to memorize, always start small. Choose a verse that isn’t long in length to help your child memorize it a little easier. As they get better at memorizing, you can increase the length of the verse.
Make it a contest
There is a great internal reward for memorizing scripture, but there can also be a physical reward. If your child memorizes their scripture, then it’s okay to reward them. You can decide the reward based on what they love to do. Perhaps they love candy, that’s a great incentive. Maybe they have been eying a new bible or a devotional book. The possibilities are endless when it comes to rewarding them.
Say it out loud
Nothing helps you memorize scripture better than saying it out loud. Challenge your kids to memorize scripture by repeating it out loud throughout the day. Not only is it a constant reminder of God’s love, but they are putting God’s word in their heart!
However you choose to help your child memorize Scripture, know that you are making a solid investment in their future that will not return void!