Thursday, May 27, 2010

Teaching Him To Hide

It’s time for me to ask for some more advice from you guys.

One of our desires (and jobs) as parents is to teach Caedmon scripture. To memorize it, to recall it, to apply it. The only problem is that I’m not really sure how to go about teaching him to memorize scripture. I need a system. Ya’ll know I’m to Type A to not have a system.

At 2 1/2, I don’t think he’s too young. He’s learning his alphabet, can count to 11 (skipping 6 for some reason), knows song lyrics, and has the memory of an elephant. It’s time to start hiding The Word in his heart.

So, those of you who have taught (and are teaching) your kids to memorize and recall scripture, how in the world did you go about it? And what are some scriptures you’d recommend?

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  1. I use the scripture verses from his Sunday School take home. They are short and easy for him to say. We go over them at dinner on Sunday and a few times during the week. We usually just work on them at dinner time. Charles isn't all that interested in memorizing scripture so we don't push it unless he is willing to say them.
    I am about to order a CD from that should help the kids (and myself) learn scripture. Brittany Cranor told me about this and said Madi loves it.
    Another tool I am about to use (ordered it) is Doorpost.
    These are character training charts that uses scripture. This comes highly recommended by my Life Group leader who homeschools three boys. These boys are some of the best behaved kids and have a huge heart for Christ. I'm sure they also know the scriptures from these charts.

  2. On the Doorposts charts I plan to use the If Then and Blessing chart with the kids first. When my they are older I'll use the other charts with them.

  3. Melissa - it's awesome that you are wanting to teach Caedmon Bible Verses and no matter what anyone tells you he is NEVER too young! My advice is simplify...this is what they do in both the AWANA and Missionette's programs but you can take the general idea and us it for any verse. Example: One of the verses both of my kids have learned is Matthew 19:14 "Jesus, said Let the little children come to me"...obviously it's not the whole verse but it's the key points and short enough for kids to tackle. Another idea is to use a reward system. Both my kids are in Rainbow Class on Wed nights (Missionette's) so they have vests they wear and every week they say their verse they get a sticker, 4 sticker's = a patch for their vest. It gives them sometime to work towards and if you make it fun they dont' even know the difference! I 100% agree with you that if a child can learn numbers, the alphabet, and songs from their fav t.v. shows theyn it's our duty as parents to help them hide God's word in their hearts! Kids are so moldable at this age and are so much more capable then we give them credit for. We have the "control" of what they see,hear, and learn at this age what an amazing God given opportunity! Good Luck!

  4. I am not to this point yet with Q... obviously... but I have noticed lately that I still sing the bible verse and lesson songs that I learned as a kid a lot. However, I think about their meaning a lot more now than I did when I was a kid.

    I sang o-b-e-d-i-e-n-c-e to the horse the other day. Yes. To the horse.

  5. Kingdom Kids has fun songs that are Bible verses. They have the verse address and everything. Miss Jilly Bean sings them in KDO. You can order CD's and other items at