Thursday, August 11, 2011

Memorizing Verses - Duggar Style

I have been encouraging my kids to memorize verses for a while now.  We mostly just use repetition to memorize.  I never really thought of making it fun until I read the Duggar's newest book and the chapter about making faith fun.  They encourage you to make up motions for verses so that the kids will remember them better.  We started doing this and it works very well.  My older son remembers them and can help my daughter when she needs it.  I thought I might do a demonstration of how we do it. 

First we read the passage and then we decide what motions to put with the verse.  We then just repeat the verse with the motions until they get it.  After they have one down I add another one and we always start with the last verse they memorized and then move onto a new one.  We are working on Psalm 1 right now.  My daughter has so graciously decided to be our model. 

Psalm 1:1

Blessed is the  man

We lift our hands to the sky
 Who walks not
Two fingers walking on our hand
 In the counsel
She says "castle" instead of counsel
 Of the ungodly
We shake our finger when we say "ungodly"
 Nor stands in the path of sinners
We stand tall

Nor sits in the seat of the scornful
We crouch down

 Psalm 1:1
Then we put our hands by our mouth and whisper the reference
This has really worked with helping my kids to remember the verses they memorized.  We are working on having all of Psalms 1 memorized.  I think they can do it! 

How do you have your kids memorize Scripture or how do you memorize it?


  1. Ah, we started doing memory verses this way at home b/c a) I noticed the younger sunday school class used this method and my daughter picked it right up and b) I need serious help memorizing verses myself. We've slacked off due to vacation interruptions this summer but thanks for this post reminding me we need to keep working on it and let God write the scripture on our hearts.

    take care!

  2. @Tabitha
    I do see myself being more consistent when I memorize Scripture with them. I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner because they seem to really like it.


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