Bible memorization for first- and second-graders? Mission impossible? Not so! In truth, the primary age is perhaps the perfect time for committing the Bible to memory. Primary children are eager to learn and most memorize easily.
Why help your child memorize verses? For one thing, these verses form part of your child’s spiritual armor: “I have hidden Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11, NIV).
A memorized verse can send up a red flag when your child is tempted. Verses memorized in childhood can thwart temptation in adulthood.
In addition, memorized verses serve to guide, comfort, and direct. Think of all the reasons why you should memorize verses. You’ll find ample reasons for helping your child do the same.
Bible memorization can easily be made fun. A variety of enjoyable activities can be created from just index cards and a pen.
For instance, after reviewing a verse with your child, print or write each verse word on a separate card. Hide the cards around the room – under tables, beneath cushions, behind chairs, sticking out of a book, etc. Tell your child to find the cards and bring them back to you in verse order. As he hunts he’ll do more than just look for hidden cards; he’ll repeat the verse over and over to make sure he returns the cards in order.
For another activity, toss the cards onto a table. Time your child as he arranges the cards in verse order.
A fruit or glass jar and some dried beans can also help with memorization. Several times each day, ask your child to say a verse. Each time he says it, let him toss a bean into the jar. This will provide both a mental and a physical challenge.
You can probably think of other ways to challenge your child to memorize the Bible. Someone noted that one Bible stowed in the memory is better than a thousand stowed in a library. Your efforts at making memorization fun will pay off by putting the Word in the place where it can do the most good – in your child’s heart. (Louis Smith)