Simple Scripture Memory Plan For Kids This Summer
Need a simple summer Scripture memory plan for you and the kids?
Are you looking for a way to help your kids memorize Scripture?
Do you feel overwhelmed at the task because you’ve never done it before?
You know deep down inside that you want your children to have God’s word hidden in their heart…
Except, quite frankly, you’ve never really done it yourself.
No worries, Friend!
You can use this simple summer Scripture memory system to deepen your connection with your kids and memorize Scripture.
Allow me to walk alongside you with my simple Scripture memory system for kids (and adults). The best part is that it works for us imperfect moms too.
Simple Summer Scripture Memory Plan for Kids
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Why Use A Scripture Memory Plan for Kids?
For Christian moms, we know how important it is to hide Scripture in our hearts. Throughout the Bible, God repeatedly encourages His people to hide His Word in their hearts.
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
Blessed is the man (whose…) delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. -Psalm 1: 1-6
Jesus himself uses Scripture as an offensive weapon against the adversary when he was tempted in the wilderness.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’. John 4:4
The Sword of the Spirit (Scripture) is our only offensive weapon in the armor of God. (Ephesians 6:17)
Clearly we can see the importance of knowing God’s Word. We know the value of hiding it in our hearts and even more importantly, in our minds.
Scripture Memory Plan For Kids: Make it Easy
By having God’s Word hidden in our minds, we are able to lean in to the truth of his grace and mercy in times of trouble.
In this season of quarantine and social distancing, knowing where our hope lies is an incredible blessing.
In Chapter 6 of Deuteronomy, God emphasizes to the Israelite parents the importance of what messages we give to our children. God encourages the Israelite parents to repeat the same stories of God’s provision again to their children.
These words I am commanding you today are to be upon your hearts. And you shall teach them diligently to your children and speak of them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
By doing so, God points to a child’s natural ability to memorize. He knows how He has designed us and wanted His people to pass down what He had done for them in the past. So He offered them the most efficient strategy.
The reality is that messages we share with our children are the ones they will take with them into adulthood.
Capitalize On Our Children’s Developmental Ability To Memorize
It’s so important that we allow our children opportunities to memorize God’s Word.
Engaging in Scripture Memory work while our kids are young is effective because children are especially capable of memorization in the younger years. God designed the human brain to memorize effectively and efficiently while it grows in childhood.
We have all heard the saying, “Kids soak up everything,” right?
It’s true in so many ways. Let’s jump on this opportunity.
Let me pause and address the elephant in the room. If you are starting scripture memory work with an older child, this does not mean that your child is unable to memorize. They absolutely can and will!
It’s never too late. Where there is a will, there is a way.
Aren’t Kids Too Young To Understand?
Friend, you may have heard arguments against rote memorization of information.
Whether it be the multiplication facts or Scripture verses, rote memorization has received a lot of flack.
Some argue that children often lack the capability to understand some of the greater concepts within Scripture or any subject area. They continue to say that it is useless to have kids memorize what they cannot understand yet.
The argument follows that memorization of anything which cannot be fully understood is moot.
I cannot more highly and passionately disagree.
Scripture Memory & Rote Memorization: Here’s The Deal.
If we do not provide our children with an opportunity to easily embed Scripture into their minds while they’re young, we miss a great opportunity. A child’s inherent cognitive ability to memorize is a gift to be captured.
The reality is that as they grow, memorized Scripture is not going to leave their minds. In fact, God will only reveal Himself more and more over the years through his Word.
We all know that Scripture read once, is just that. It’s never mastered.
Remember, Scripture is living and active. It will take on a whole new meaning as time goes on and with each reading.
Friend, just do it and have fun as you memorize Scripture with your kids this summer!
Step By Step Scripture Memory Plan For Kids
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
If you are ready to walk alongside your children in Scripture memorization, get excited!
I have created a simple and fun way for you to deepen your connection with your kids while memorizing Scripture.
This is the exact strategy that I have used with my kids for years.
1. Choose A Chunk Of Scripture
There are tons of ways and plans for Scripture Memory Work out there.
However, I have found that most of them are based on one Scripture verse in isolation at a time. This has never been an effective strategy for my kids and me.
There’s something about memorizing Scripture in chunks that has served us so much more than trying to pick and choose one verse at a time.
Chunks of scripture that we have memorized are:
- Psalm 100,
- Matthew 5:3-12, The Beatitudes
- John Chapter 1
- Proverbs 2
- Isaiah 11
- Philippians 2
- Colossians 3
2. Print Scripture
Once you have chosen the chunk of Scripture that you are committed to memorizing, print it out.
It is important to consider visual input whenever you are teaching your child anything. Make the Scripture visually appealing and not too overwhelming.
I tend to favor printing the Scripture passage on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
Make sure the text is in large font and, at a minimum, double spaced. We want it to be read from a distance of 3 to 4 feet.
I always insert the Scripture in a sheet protector. Then we display it either on the refrigerator or we keep it safely in our homeschooling binder.
Choose what works for your family. In the end, just make sure to have a home for all of your memory work printables.
3. Choose A Short Burst Of Time To Spend On The Verses Each Day
It’s summer time!
There are no rules about what time is best to memorize Scripture.
If you have littles and everyone is up at the same time each morning, practice the verses while eating breakfast.
Teens sleeping late?
Catch them at lunchtime.
It doesn’t matter. Just choose a time to gather 4-5 days a week for a whopping 5 minutes.
4. Rhythm and Rhyme
Get ready to bust out the rhythm and melody in order to memorize the verses one by one.
We all know what it is like to hear a song that we haven’t listened to in years. Every word comes back to us as if we had just heard it yesterday.
There is power in music and our brains were designed to create memory through music.
Focus on one verse at a time and chant to a nursery rhyme tune or song.
There are lots of options. You choose what works from verse to verse. You do not have to use the same tune for the entire passage.
5. Incorporate Movement
By using movement while learning Scripture, you are utilizing multiple parts of the brain.
Employing the various sensory systems allows information to more efficiently and effectively stick.
6. One Step At A Time
I know that I mentioned how helpful it has been for my family to memorize larger chunks of Scripture.
One of the reasons this is effective is that we do so over a longer period of time. Each time we begin a new verse, we review the prior one. Doing so over a longer period of time allows the Scripture to move from short term to long-term memory.
Choose one or two verses to focus on each week.
Highlight each verse as you progress. Spend your short periods of time reviewing the prior verses and then work on the new verse.
By the end of the summer, you and your kids will have fully memorized an entire passage of Scripture that will stick for years to come.
So… what does this look like on a practical level?
Download The Simple Scripture Memory Plan For Kids
Check out this video of my girls and I reciting Psalm 100. Use this as a guide.
By the way, this is not a perfect video. This is reality. My kids are older now and not as excited about performing for the camera.
The point is that they know His Word.
Modify the chants, movements and songs to fit your family’s desires.
Make this a fun time and thank God for the gift of music, fun and family this summer!
This video was made last year. We hadn’t practiced this Psalm for close to a year at this point.
We used each step outlined above slowly… over time… and memorized this chunk of Scripture.
The kitchen island was our rehearsal studio and the memories of coming up with hand motions and rhythms will last a lifetime.
Get excited about taking on this simple and fun Scripture Memory Plan with your kids.
What about you, Friend? Do you have a fun system for Scripture Memory? Share below!
And don’t forget to tag me on Instagram (@aheartforallstudents) or Facebook (@equippingmoms) and share your progress!