This post is most timely! With all the changes in our world right now it’s critical to help our kids find a sense of peace and security. There is no better way to achieve perfect peace than through the Word of God. Getting it planted into their little hearts is a treasure that can only reap beautiful benefits. So let’s talk about how to help kids memorize Bible verses.
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How Little Do I Start?
So when is a good age to help your kids memorize Bible verses? Well, if you want my opinion, I’ll just tell you–I read the Bible to my pregnant tummy!
Now, obviously our infants aren’t going to start quoting scripture at us, but Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God is alive. That means as soon as it’s spoken it begins working. This is why I started introducing my babies to it before they were ever born.
As far as memorization goes, my 20-month-old isn’t totally talking yet and can’t quote a verse back to me, but we’ve worked on Deuteronomy 6:4. I’ll say, “Hear O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord,” and he holds up one finger.
Even though he isn’t quoting the verse, this is actually a form of memorization.
The point? You can start teaching your kids the Bible when they’re very young!
Here are 5 methods to help your kids memorize Bible verses.
1: Set An Example
Kids are little sponges. They take in everything we do and they follow our lead. One of the quickest ways to get your child interested in the Bible is by doing it yourself.
As they watch you read, share what you’re reading, and get excited about it, they’ll naturally follow you. This makes Bible reading a way of life, not a habit or chore.
2: Be Consistent
It’s easy to encourage your kids to memorize, read, or listen to the Bible when you’re feeling excited and passionate about it.
To be truly effective though, they need to work at it consistently. If they only get a little bit of time here and there to work on the Bible, it’s just not going to stick.
It doesn’t have to be hours-long work (that would be bad), but a little bit each day will go a really long way!
3: Make It Fun
If your method on how to teach kids to memorize the Bible is boring, forget about it. It’s not going to get them anywhere. Kids thrive on energy, positivity and FUN!
Whatever your method, make sure it’s enjoyable for your littles. When they’re older they’ll have the skills to buckle down and apply some discipline. For now, though, it’s important to win your little one’s interest.
Seeds Family Worship has some fantastic resources to help your kids memorize Bible verses. My son has had a blast with it.
I’ll get to that in just a minute.
4: Add Incentive
Looking for a way to get your kids motivated about learning the Bible?
Add a prize! It’s easy and it works every time. What kid doesn’t love a treat or a goodie?
You don’t even need to tell them what the prize is, but once they’ve memorized a verse or spent some time reading/listening to the Bible, present them with a cool prize.
Key Note: Make it good or they won’t buy it next time.
There’s just something about music that helps kids get excited. It also helps kids memorize. We sing songs about cleaning up, potty training, getting along… you get the idea.
This is where having music with Bible verses in it is super helpful.
If you’re looking for a way to help your kids memorize Bible verses, try the albums by Seeds Family Worship. They are literally ESV Bible verses put to music.
The music is fun and upbeat, and I noticed that the lyrics are creatively repetitive so that kids can memorize line by line… and they probably won’t even realize it.
How Seeds Family Worship Works
You have several different options on what you can get through Seeds Family Worship. I’ve linked to their resources here so you can check it out.
Personally, I found their digital download card and lyric cards to be most helpful. My son is too young to memorize the cards yet, but as he gets older, being able to read the cards while he listens to the songs will help him recognize the words.
Wouldn’t that be so cool if the first words he reads are Bible verses? This mama would do a happy dance!
For kids, music is hands down the most effective way to memorize. I recommend using Seeds Family Worship songs to help them learn the Bible. They have over 160 songs (aka verses) to choose from.
Not only that, but it’s positive, kid-friendly music to play in your house. Seriously, with the times being so uncertain and our kids needing some semblance of normalcy and encouragement, I’ve been playing their “I Believe” album for my son.
He loves it!
It’s a great way to have the Word playing in our home in the midst of a troubling time.
Listen to one of Kai’s favorites!