Memorization is something that I’m passionate about and something that I think is sorely neglected in today’s society.
Memorization is an important part of our home school and one of our children’s first subjects. We work on memorization 5 days a week (except when we get lazy and skip for
weeks months at a time, ugh) and our family (I should say our children, as they remember much better than the adults) has memorized large portions of the Bible.
Today 4 Moms, 35 Kids are sharing tips for helping kids memorize and we’re giving away two CD’s of Bible verses set to music to help you and your children memorize more easily.
There is one important key to memorizing that many people want to overlook.
Memorizing takes time and effort.
We’re always looking for a shortcut, for the easy way, but the truth is that if you wish to reap the benefits of long term retention, you simply need to spend a consistent amount of time working on it. It need not be hard and it certainly doesn’t take hours each day, but memorizing requires commitment and consistency.
Being consistent is the #1 key to long term memorization success. The method you use to learn is much less important that using that method everyday, over time.
For our family, taking several minutes at the breakfast table each morning to work on memorization is the best way for us to consistently put in the time required. We review passages that we’ve already memorized and work on new passages using this method, It has been terrifically effective over the years as all of our children can easily recite any of the passages that are in the boxes even passages they learned more than 10 years ago.
Repeating – We initially memorize a passage by repeating it out loud all together. The children are encouraged to say it aloud even if they don’t know it all yet. (It is just a mumble in the beginning, but eventually they start including some words and are able to say the whole passage.) We do not spend much time on any one passage, we simply say it aloud a few times each day and move on to the next passage.
Singing – We often use music to assist us as we memorize. I include passages that we’ve memorized with music in our memorization boxes. When we get to those passages we sing, rather than recite them. Since Jamie Soles’ music tends to be more complex (each song is an entire Psalm rather than just a verse or two), I write these out, omitting any repetition, on a card for the box before we begin memorizing. This allows me to read the words as the children sing in the beginning stages of memorization and ensures that we are learning the Psalm correctly.
All passages that we’ve learned by singing end up written in the box for consistent review.
Exposure – In addition to our direct efforts at memorization, we also expose our children to those things that we want them to memorize. The easiest way for us to do this is through listening to CD’s. We have times each day when we encourage our children to listen to one of our Bible memorization CD’s, the Bible on CD or catechism CD’s.
I’ve written more about how and what we memorize as well as some of the resources that we have used. I’d love to put together a Q & A post about memorizing, please email any questions you have.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Hilary who won the Jamie Soles CD and to Amy who won the “God’s Word A to Z” CD.
One of our favorite ways to memorize Scripture is by singing it and today two wonderful sponsors have offered to give away one of their CD’s so that you can do this in your own home.
“God’s Word From A to Z”
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. – Acts 16:31
Our family thoroughly enjoyed this CD. The verses selected for each letter are key verses and ones that we want our children to memorize and know. The music is sweet and enjoyable and our children were quickly singing along, even Bella (1), although her ‘singing’ falls more into the ‘joyful NOISE’ category.
This album is an ideal way for young children to easily memorize 26 key verses and would be a terrific way to ease into regular Bible memorization.
“Ascending”, “Pure Words” and “Songs From the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s”
Jamie Soles, one of our families favorite musicians, has produced three albums of Psalms set to music. Nearly all of the Psalms on these albums are word for word taken from the English Standard Version and each song is a full Psalm (Psalm 46 is divided into two songs).
Ascending – Psalms 120-134, The Psalms of Ascent
Pure Words – Psalms 1-16
Songs From the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s – A collection of Psalms from Psalm 42-69
I’ve posted about Jamie Soles’ music before. Our whole family loves it. It would be a very strange day if you didn’t hear some of Jamie Soles music in our home. Our children (and Mark and I) play it on CD’s and iPods, we sing it while we’re doing chores and washing dishes and it’s scattered throughout both of our memorization boxes.
To enter: (Leave a comment here for each entry)
- Leave a comment on this post about how your family incorporates memorization or wants to incorporate it.
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- For 3 bonus entries, blog about this giveaway. You must include a link to both this post and to each of the sponsors. Remember to leave 3 comments for this so you’ll be entered 3 times.
Each of the 4 Moms will be giving away copies of these CDs so visit their blogs for more chances to win as well as to read their thoughts on memorization.
Giveaway ends Wednesday, October 5.
“A to Z” open to U.S. residents only, Jamie Soles open to U.S. and Canadian residents.
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