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Scripture Memory Ideas

Scripture Memory Ideas

  1. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says "These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them...
  • when you sit at home
    • Look for opportunities to practice the verse with your child during daily activities at home: at homework time, while doing chores, eating dinner or taking a bath.
  • and when you walk along the road
    • Take your kids' Awana books in the car and practice on the way to school, shopping or sports practice.
  • when you lie down
    • Talk about and practice Bible verses at bed time.
  • and when you get up
    • Review the verses at breakfast
  1. Help children understand the meaning of difficult words and of the verse as a whole.
  2. Break up the verse into meaningful phrases, and memorize one phrase at a time before putting them together.
  3. Make a flashcard of the verse - write the verse on one side and the reference on the other.  Put the card where it will be seen frequently - on the bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator or on the dashboard in the car.
  4. Use the flashcards to play games and review.
  5. Write the verse on a dry erase board and erase the words one at a time, saying the verse each time you erase a word.
  6. Toss a ball back and forth, saying one word with each toss.
  7. Have your child teach the verse to you. Recite to your child and let them correct you.
  8. Sing the verse to a familiar tune, or order a CD with the handbook verses set to music.
  9. Make a puzzle - copy the verse on a sheet of paper and cut the words apart.
  10. Write down the first letter of each word as a memory aid.  For example, John 3:16 would be:  
    F G S L T W... Practice until you can say the verse without the letters.
  11. Use hand motions to "act out" the verse.
  12. Make an illustrated poster of the verse - use decorative lettering, stickers, paints, etc.
  13. Write the verse with sidewalk chalk, in the dirt with a stick, or paint it with water on the driveway.
  14. Try an on-line site or app such as Quizlet or Scripture Typer.  If you use pre-made flashcards on one of these sites, be sure they are the ESV version.
  15. Challenge your child(ren) to a Scripture memory contest and award a prize to the winner!
  16. Don't just read the verse, say it out loud.  Say it over and over using different voices or a funny accent.
  17. Draw a picture of the verse
  18. Learn the verse along with your child.  Awana offers parent handbooks that have the same verses with adult content.
  19. Practice, Practice, Practice!