Teaching the Bible to our children is important, even during the school year. I have been blessed to be able to enroll my children in a Christian school. They learn about the Lord right along side learning to read and do math. Even so, parent’s are a child’s primary teacher. It is our duty to teach our children about God and the Bible. That is why I work with my children on memory verses.
I know getting back in to the school routine can be crazy. Shopping for supplies, getting to know a new teacher, and getting back on the “early to bed, early to rise” sleep schedule can be tough. Add in school sports and activities, homework, and a social life, and the days fly by with more to do than time to do it! That’s why we’re switching to monthly memory verses during the school year. They still get the scriptures into their hearts, just on a more forgiving schedule. Right now I have it planned out through the rest of 2018.
Like before, the verses are important for writing on our children’s (and our own) hearts. That way they are there and ready when needed. The word of God is our sword (Ephesians 6:17), and the light we see by (Psalm 119:105). In order for our children to succeed in life, in a way that really matters, we have to equip them for it the best we can.
So, without further ado, here are our memory verses for the next 4 months.
September: “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17 NKJV
October: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
November: “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” Colossians 4:2
December: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17
Working on the memory verses will look a little different than it did during the school year. We will still be saying it before breakfast and dinner. I plan to still have them write it on days they don’t have too much homework. A way to put it where they can see it often at school is writing the verses on notes in their lunch box. They can write it on a sticky note pad to attach to the inside of their locker door. Writing it on on the inside cover of a notebook will keep it easily accessible as well.
Letting your child be creative with the verse can aid in memorization too. They can illustrate it, write it fancy like you would when Bible journaling, or color it as a coloring page. All of those things stimulate more areas of the brain and make the verses more tangible. Remember, there are several different ways to learn things. The more ways you incorporate, the more likely your child is to remember what you’re teaching them long term. If you enjoy coloring or being crafty that way, the same ideas can work for adults too!
Which of these teaching techniques do you prefer? Are there other ways you have taught memory verses to your children? Tell me about it in the comments!