4 Moms Memorize {and 2 Giveaways}

Memorization is something that I’m passionate about and  something that I think is sorely neglected in today’s society.

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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.

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.

Methods

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.

Giveaway

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”

Abe & Liza Philip have produced an album for children called God’s Word From A to Z. This album is a delightful collection of 26 important Bible verses (from A to Z) set to music.

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.

I will chose two winners. One will receive a  “God’s Word From A to Z” CD and the other will receive their choice of one of the three Jamie Soles’ CD’s listed above.

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.

Smockity Frocks
Life in a Shoe
The Common Room

 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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134 Responses to 4 Moms Memorize {and 2 Giveaways}
  1. Tiffany
    September 30, 2011 | 10:26 pm

    We like Seeds Family Worship, Ask Me Whooo, and the Truth & Grace Books. Have never tried the CD’s above!

  2. Tiffany
    September 30, 2011 | 10:26 pm

    Blogged about the giveaway!

  3. Jane
    September 30, 2011 | 11:00 pm

    We memorize at the breakfast table and through the day, though we have been in one of the “lazy” stages- ugh! What a great encouragement this post is. We got a couple of the Jamie Soles CD’s last year after reading about them on your blog- they are wonderful! We also have memorized many verses using the Hide ‘Em in your Heart CD’s by Steve Green; they are great for the little ones. Thank you for all of your encouragement.

  4. Shawnna Gugler
    September 30, 2011 | 11:18 pm

    I would love to win one of these CD’s.

  5. Homesweetgrown
    October 1, 2011 | 12:19 am

    Kimberly, I am so thankful that you posted on how your family incorporates the memory box. I ran across that post probably a year and a half ago. We started using this system, and my children have learned so many verses. Not just the children, but me as well. For a long time we would do this in the morning at breakfast, after my husband had left for work. He started feeling left out because we all had learned so many more verses than he had learned. So, we have moved it to dinner time so that it will also help him to hide God’s Word in to his heart. It is such a joy to do with our family. Previous to they system, we would memorize scripture, but after we had learned it well we would not come back to it for months on end. We found that it was very hard for us to retain what we had learned. So, thank you for sharing what works for your family. By incorporating it into our family, Bible memorization has become a very doable task.

  6. Karen
    October 1, 2011 | 7:41 am

    We memorize scripture in a sporadic and haphazard way, but singing with music makes it stick longer. I want to be a winner with a Jamis Soles’ CD.

  7. Karen
    October 1, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    During our Bible reading time the kids often comment on verses they have learned from their Bible memorization CDs. These would be a blessing to have. Thank you for encouraging Bible memorization :-)

  8. Karen
    October 1, 2011 | 8:21 pm

    I have never left a post before, but I read your blog faithfully. Thanks for all your great advice and your sense of humor. Our family does memorization first thing after breakfast and we love anything that we can sing (in our house we tend to go for volume over tune!)

  9. Follin
    October 1, 2011 | 9:41 pm

    We have loved the God’s Word A-Z cd in our family. My 3 year old can memorize anything put to music so we love to have him memorize scripture this way.

  10. Christine
    October 1, 2011 | 11:55 pm

    Our homeschool curriculum has a memory verse for each week, so each child has one to work on and it’s part of their school day.

  11. Lori
    October 2, 2011 | 5:58 am

    I love your idea of working on memorizing at the breakfast table. We have Steve Green’s kids CDs of scripture songs. You inspire me to work more on memorizing with my 5 year old. He also has a weekly memory verse we need to do more work on :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Mandi
    October 2, 2011 | 9:29 pm

    Right now, my oldest song (3) and I are working listen to a Seed’s worship CD in the car sometimes, practice “randomly,” and sometimes I make him small books (ex. Psalm 1) using a little photo book and breaking it up for a phrase each page.

    I am hoping to get myself more consistent with going over the verse(s) each time we sit down to eat.

  13. Kelly
    October 2, 2011 | 10:56 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway!!! I’ve tried memorization, but it’s never been a strong suit (even back in school in other subjects). I’ve not found the right method yet. Maybe cd’s would be helpful.

  14. Kelly
    October 2, 2011 | 10:59 pm

    I shared the contest on Facebook.

  15. Kelly
    October 2, 2011 | 11:02 pm

    I just tweeted the giveaway @AxLady

  16. Wendi
    October 3, 2011 | 2:03 am

    Putting memorization to music seems to work wonders. We also put our memory Bible verses up on the wall by the children’s beds so they see it when they go to sleep, when they wake up and through out the day. At night time before bed we always review it agaon.

  17. April
    October 3, 2011 | 8:48 am

    We do memorization each evening before the kids go to bed. Usually we take a portion of scripture, and by repeating a little bit more each night, we learn the entire passage! It usually takes 6 months to go through one passage, but our little children (now 5,4,2,1) have learned entire chapters this way!

  18. April
    October 3, 2011 | 8:49 am

    I shared about this giveaway on FB!

  19. April
    October 3, 2011 | 8:49 am
  20. April
    October 3, 2011 | 8:50 am

    I’ve blogged about this giveaway!

  21. April
    October 3, 2011 | 8:50 am

    I’ve blogged about this giveaway! #3

  22. Whitney L
    October 3, 2011 | 9:53 am

    I have had my eye on Seeds Family Worship forever!

    Repetition.

    We have been working on Genesis 1:1 with our 16 month old for only a week or 2 now, and she can tell you that God created the heavens [eh-vens] and then earth [erf] when prompted!! She also usually tells us “people” as well :)

  23. Sarah C
    October 3, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    I would love to win these, especially the A-Z. My three are little (3 1/2, 2, 3 mon) so we have a verse a week we go over in Circle time. We use 1+1+1=1 letter printables that go along with a A-Z Book. I want to use music but have not found much out there that we like.

  24. michelle
    October 3, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    We have been using Seeds Family Worship with our 21-month old. It is so precious to see him repeating phrases from God’s Word.

  25. vanessa
    October 3, 2011 | 4:56 pm

    My family enjoys memorizing and studying certain books of the Bible together and encouraging/challenging each other.

  26. vanessa
    October 3, 2011 | 5:04 pm

    shared on twitter

  27. Natalie
    October 3, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    Our family memorizes the Fighter Verses along with our church family (Bethlehem Baptist in the Twin Cities). We’ve also found it helpful to memorize whole books/chapters as opposed to single verses. We need to get back into this…we’re in a cycle of not doing it right now, but this is a great reminder. I think putting entire chapters to song and memorizing them sounds like a fabulous idea! I’m excited to check out this music.

  28. Elizabeth
    October 3, 2011 | 11:20 pm

    We use Seeds Family Worship and other music based approaches. We had grown less consistent lately so thank you for the reminder. Kids are almost 4 & 18 months. Very interested in either CD but ESP. Jamie Soles. I love the whole psalm to music. We had just been studying Ps. 1 so I downloaded it from iTunes. We tried it at breakfast this morning but I think dinner maybe a better option for now. We will find a time that fits. my son stopped eating and wanted to dance ( 18 months).

  29. Becky
    October 4, 2011 | 11:24 am

    We try to print out verses and memorize them at lunch time. Music would be more effective. Would love to win. :-)

  30. Serita
    October 4, 2011 | 11:31 am

    We have one Jamie Soles cd and we love it! We also enjoy Seeds, Steve Green, and Songs for Saplings! What a blessing to hear our children singing God’s word!

  31. Heidi
    October 4, 2011 | 9:50 pm

    The kids have memory verses for Sunday and Wed. nights. In the past I have I written them on the chalkboard in our kitchen so my daughter can read them and use them for copywork.

  32. Betsy
    October 5, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    Ww are new to homeschooing and have been so surprised at the amount of memorization are kids are bake to…only beacuse of repitition through our sonlight curric. And then the through the CBS bible study we all attend. I am interested in trying the CD…my kids love songs so I bet this would be a huge win too! thanks for sharing!

  33. Cari Wiebe
    October 6, 2011 | 9:14 am

    MMMM We have been working hard to memorize scripture from Psalms. Funny when we started our 5 yr boy was less than happy. Now if we go to bed without saying our verses he is upset. I can see where “music verses” would make that whole process go faster.