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. Christina Nicolle
    September 29, 2011 | 7:34 am

    OK love these ideals read last week about the memorization box and have started that,we do awana memory verses and our churches verse for the week at times but never did it to music before. and with kids that love music and we have four right now (12-1) and one on the way in dec. this would be great to start up. Thanks for all the helpful ideals.

  2. Michelle
    September 29, 2011 | 8:01 am

    My oldest just turned four but I’ve learned just reading has helped her memorize. I started out trying to teach her the Ten Commandments…one per week. I realized she had nearly memorized Exodus 20: 1-17. Proved to me exactly how much we underestimate our kids’ abilities!

    We’ve been wanting to get CDs to help!

  3. gesenia
    September 29, 2011 | 8:18 am

    I’m new to teaching my children about God and learning more of the bible. I would love to use these CD as a tool in instilling the bible in a fun way. I have three boys and need something good that will keep their attention.

  4. Shelly Smiths
    September 29, 2011 | 8:20 am

    We have used Steve Green’s scripture CD’s to help our young children memorize scripture. We really like them, but would love a chance to win one of these other 2 CD’s- thank you!!

  5. Shelly Smiths
    September 29, 2011 | 8:21 am

    Shared this on my FB too!

  6. Shelly Smiths
    September 29, 2011 | 8:21 am

    shared this on Twitter!

  7. Becky R
    September 29, 2011 | 8:24 am

    We read our verses at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We usually make up our own tune to help us memorize them. We used to watch a show on christian television called God Rocks and they set scripture to music and my kids picked it right up..me too. I can see how this works. Great giveaway. I am looking into getting the A toZ CD anyway. Blessings.

  8. Theresa Ewing
    September 29, 2011 | 8:24 am

    I would love to incorporate more memorization with our children-(4) I’m going thru a pre-k curriculum with my 4 yr old and it has them learning Genesis-

  9. Kathy Wright
    September 29, 2011 | 8:30 am

    Memorization has been such a blessing in our house. My daughter has memorized a lot of scripture to music. Her language arts required a lot of memorization. How wonderful that the Lord has given us the capacity to store such interesting and life-giving information!

  10. Alene
    September 29, 2011 | 8:32 am

    Our kids do Awana – with which I have a love/hate relationship, but that’s a topic for another time. 🙂
    That means much of their memorizing is done independently (part of my ‘hate’ thing). But I love it when the whole family is working on the same passage – we recite it in the car and at the table, and have it posted all over the house.
    It’s important to me that the kids see me struggling my way through memorizing passages (not just individual verses – another Awana frustration). I’ve just finished Psalm 103, which child after child listened to and helped check me on during milking twice daily. Such a blessing!

  11. Cindy
    September 29, 2011 | 8:54 am

    I’m afraid memorization is something I’ve neglected. We started out with good intentions, but somehow it fell by the wayside. I’m thinking of starting one of those neat index-card systems, though. I feel guilty. This stuff needs to get done.

  12. Elizabeth
    September 29, 2011 | 9:05 am

    Right now my son’s memorization is the only one I remember to do.. I need to work on that with all of them. What a priceless gift you are giving your children!

  13. Meghan V.
    September 29, 2011 | 9:16 am

    Every Monday I teach my son (3yrs) a WSC answer and/or proof text then we sing a stanza out of the Psalter. For the rest of the week we work on what we started Monday. We also do review in the morning and again in the evening when Daddy is home.

  14. Meghan V.
    September 29, 2011 | 9:17 am
  15. Whitney
    September 29, 2011 | 9:27 am

    This is our first year homeschooling and honestly that is not even something I had thought about, but I think the perfect way to instill memorization skills is through scripture. What a fabulous idea! The CD’s sound great!
    whitlav@gmail.com

  16. Whitney
    September 29, 2011 | 9:30 am

    I shared on Twitter.
    @luckystars54
    whitlav@gmail.com

  17. Rachael
    September 29, 2011 | 9:30 am

    We are actually memorizing the same verses from “God’s Word From A TO Z” right now because that is what they list in my Sonlight curriculum! I avoided buying as many books as I could to try and save money( we borrow library books for several of the read alouds) I have a flannel board and other resources for Bible so I didn’t buy the CD to go with the verses. I thought we’d go ahead and memorize them though, so we printed them out on paper and cut the words out and mix them up to practice putting them in the right order. My 6 yr old loves this and has done a better job remembering them than me! (*sigh* old age I guess)….Anyway this would be a WONDERFUL thing for us to win right now 🙂

  18. Whitney
    September 29, 2011 | 9:33 am

    I shared this post on Facebook.
    Whitney Lavender
    whitlav@gmail.com

  19. Kimberly
    September 29, 2011 | 9:37 am

    We also use breakfast to do memorization. CDs are great too – so we use them as well. The children like to challenge my husband and I to see who can quote the most/longest passages with no mistakes. keeps us on our toes for sure. . .

  20. Julie Brown
    September 29, 2011 | 9:41 am

    I really want to start memorization but always have a hard time getting to it. We have 6 kids, ages 11-1 and this is our 2nd year homeschooling. I would love some help with this like using music, etc. Thanks for all the helpful tips and the entry.

    Julie

  21. Rachael
    September 29, 2011 | 9:41 am

    Well I’m trying to share this on FB! Hope they fix their problem so it will post soon.

  22. Julie Brown
    September 29, 2011 | 9:45 am

    I also shared it on facebook.

    julie

  23. meclarks
    September 29, 2011 | 9:53 am

    We use the memory box system, as well as the CDs that came with our girls’ Awana books. We quiz and review as a family, so we all end up learning and knowing each other’s verses! I post the scriptures we are currently working on in our hallway so that they are easily and often viewed and recited.

  24. Christine
    September 29, 2011 | 9:55 am

    I’ve never heard of CDs that are actual verses! What a clever idea!

  25. Becky
    September 29, 2011 | 10:16 am

    We need to work harder on memorization. Songs do help in this area! I always needed something else to reinforce my learning and this is a great way!

  26. jeanine
    September 29, 2011 | 10:18 am

    we write the verses down or type them out and hang them around the house.

  27. jeanine
    September 29, 2011 | 10:19 am

    shared on fb name jeanine feldkamp

  28. Blessed5x
    September 29, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Would love to win one of these! We really want our children to have a strong foundation in the Bible (something we lacked growing up)and since my kids love music… this would be perfect! 🙂

  29. Loi
    September 29, 2011 | 10:25 am

    We recite daily after the children read their Bibles. It is hardest for me!

  30. Sherry Early
    September 29, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Most of the Scripture verses my older children memorized came from a set of cassettes called G.T. and the Halo Express. I’m not sure they’re available anymore, but the verses were set to music and there was a story line to go along with them.

  31. tiffany
    September 29, 2011 | 10:41 am

    We do a family devotional in the mornings and it includes a verse for memorization, but that is it. We would love to incorporate music. Fun giveaway!! Thanks.

  32. Kim
    September 29, 2011 | 10:42 am

    I have appreciated your current post and previous posts on memorization. We try to work on it at breakfast. I like the whole family to work on it together and to be memorizing the same thing.

  33. Carla
    September 29, 2011 | 11:04 am

    What a great giveaway! Thanks so much!

  34. Joede F
    September 29, 2011 | 11:21 am

    We have been looking for a fun way to help memorize scripture, as we are struggling with boredom in our method. I need some help also, as I too am bored. This would be a great way and would also help me pick up some of the scriptures I have missed.

  35. Lilly
    September 29, 2011 | 11:26 am

    With my little ones we use The Memory Bible. We repeat the verse, read the story, dance to the song a few times, and then repeat the verse again. We do this everyday for a week before moving on to the next verse.

  36. Heather
    September 29, 2011 | 11:26 am

    For us, it’s all about repetition. We review all our old verses, then learn a new one. I know songs for some of them, so that helps too.

  37. Lindsay
    September 29, 2011 | 11:54 am

    We have a couple of CDs that we listen to in the car to help them memorize. At home we just do the repeat it over and over method when we start school for the day. Also, just having scripture up around the house I find my kids reading it and memorizing it all on their own.

  38. Theresa Ewing
    September 29, 2011 | 11:57 am

    Shared on FB!!

  39. Kimberly
    September 29, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    We love memorizing Scripture through song! I was really excited to see Michelle’s comment above, as we are just getting started memorizing Exodus 20:1-17. I’m sure I’ll be making up tunes as we go along! We are also big fans of Seeds Family Worship. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway, Kimberly

  40. Hilary
    September 29, 2011 | 12:25 pm

    We are trying to memorize the first chapter of John. We too are passionate about memorizing. We would love to put Bible verses to song though!

  41. Kati
    September 29, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    Well, God is using your blog to help our family learn a new way to live. We have started worshiping as a family each night with my husband leading, and we just started our memorization box today. Thank you for the wonderful ideas. I can’t wait to start memorizing God’s Word with my family. My little boy loves to sing and dance and his birthday is coming up. Money is tight but we are trusting God, and I am hoping to get him some good music. He has all kinds of useless things memorized… but I really, really want him to have something substantial to carry with him in his heart. I remember nursery rhymes from my childhood; I want him to remember the poetry of God’s Word. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  42. Stephanie
    September 29, 2011 | 12:31 pm

    We do AWANA, so most of the year our children are working through a book memorizing some scripture. I would love to get Jamie Sole’s CD, so maybe here is a chance to get a start on that.

  43. Gretchen
    September 29, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    We try to work on Bible verses while I do dishes in the morning. That’s my goal and it’s on our schedule…not that it always happens!

  44. Gretchen
    September 29, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    Posted on Facebook. 🙂

  45. Amy
    September 29, 2011 | 1:35 pm

    I’d love the Psalms CD! We just started using the Charlotte Mason memory box system…I think I first heard of it from you! We’ve been doing it about 2 months and my 3 yr old already has 8 pretty lengthy verses memorized!

  46. Kim M
    September 29, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    Shared on Facebook!

  47. Kim M
    September 29, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    Currently we sing psalms and hymns after supper. My 6 year old has one singing psalm verse for school each week, and we sing several other “regulars” in addition to that one. Even my 4 year old walks around the house singing them. 🙂 We would love to try out Jamie Soles music though!

  48. Jen
    September 29, 2011 | 1:49 pm

    We work on memorizing scriptures every morning. My oldesst amazes me with how much he can remember!

  49. Samantha R
    September 29, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    I sing Psalms and generally we work on just one verse at a time. Memorizing key words as we go along to help us remember. Eventually we work up to a full chapter! 🙂 We’ve found that mornings works best.
    We’ve also done the index cards so they are easily accessible through-out the day.

  50. Dawna Sargent
    September 29, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    We believe in the importance of memorizing scripture as well. We recite verses and sing songs as well. Jamie’s cd’s look wonderful, it would be a joy to win and would further instill God’s Word in my childrens’ hearts.

  51. Danielle
    September 29, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    We’ve used Susan Hunt’s “ABC Bible Verses” to to learn some key verses. She has a story with each to provide application. We have also recently discovered Seeds Family Worship and love to listen to the fun and catchy songs. My children are all young, but I am excited to try the memorization box, starting small and then building from there. I need to work on MY memorization too!

  52. D Martin
    September 29, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    Hmmm. For years I’ve been searching for the psalms set to music, initially in hebrew, but now that I’m a mom, english. So, I think I’d like to give Soles a try.

  53. Shanna
    September 29, 2011 | 2:15 pm

    I have grand plans of incorporating Scripture memorization into our day, but they have not materialized.

  54. Gabrielle
    September 29, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    I’m still very new at studying the Bible. I just started a memorization box for myself, and have purposed to study the Bible everyday with my kids.

  55. Regina
    September 29, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    I think I would like to give the A to Z a try! I have a kindergartener & we memorize a verse a week to go w/a letter for school. This cd would fit nicely! :^)

  56. Valerie
    September 29, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    I used the Navigators Topical Memory System when I was in college and it was wonderful. I’d like to use something similar on a regular basis in my own family. Even if we just pick 1 verse per week, it will be a good investment! 🙂

  57. Chris
    September 29, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Would love to give the Soles CD’s a try. They are on my wish list!

  58. Chris
    September 29, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    Subscribed to the email too!

  59. Chris
    September 29, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    Shared on Facebook.

  60. deanna
    September 29, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    I really want to incorporate memorization in our homeschool. It has been something neglected over the years I am sorry to say. I have wanted to implement the box system you use but wonder how to get started…what verses to start with and I don’t know if I fill the box with verses up front or just add one a day/week/month?? advice on that would be helpful 🙂

    I have one cd purchased on your advice from the last post where you mentioned scripture set to music, and I would love to add more…thanks for the great giveaway!!

  61. megan
    September 29, 2011 | 4:01 pm

    we sing a lot of songs and use hand motions to memorize scripture. each book of the bible has a specific motion so it is hard to forget the reference.

  62. megan
    September 29, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    shared on facebook

  63. Bethany Anspaugh
    September 29, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    We memorize throughout the day. Especially while out on walks. It is the sweetest thing in the world to hear my three year old say “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was WITH God, and the Word WAS God.” Music will help all of us learn more Bible and keep it in our minds!

  64. Polly
    September 29, 2011 | 4:12 pm

    enter us please.

    Polly Reply:

    Forgot to say that we incorporate memorization during devotions and get the older children to work with the younger. I also shared on facebook.

  65. Darci
    September 29, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    I’d love to add memorizing psalms. We really haven’t done those and this would be great!. This would be a huge blessing! Love, darci

  66. Amanda
    September 29, 2011 | 5:06 pm

    I want to personally start learning scriptures that will help me through the day

  67. Andie
    September 29, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    I just started using your Bible memory index card system and it is working great (consistency for three weeks–is that a habit yet?) I would really enjoy ESV Bible songs–off to look up Jamie’s CD’s.

  68. Lindsey
    September 29, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    I have really enjoyed your blog over the last few months and we are using Truth and Grace memory book for our 3 year-old right now. I just got a Jamie Soles CD for my birthday and love it as well!

  69. Deanna
    September 29, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    I just finished setting up our index card system this week! My kids are still little (3 under 4) so I pretty much set everything to music. We’ve used Steve Green’s “Hide ’em in Your Heart” CDs, the “Scripture Rock” series, and a couple CDs from the Harrow Family’s “Sing the Word” series. I’ve found I really like the ESV for memorization, so I’ll definitely be looking into Jamie Soles’ music!

  70. Monique
    September 29, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    Kimberly,
    I agree, memorizing God’s promises is so important and something that will be used all of a persons life. Let us be more deliberate in hiding God’s word in our heart. Thank you for your blog.
    Monique

  71. Monique
    September 29, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    Hi Kimberly,
    I just went on Grooveshark and Jamie Soles music is there! I was very pleasantly surprised.

  72. MichelleH
    September 29, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    So far, we’ve just done repetition repetition repetition. I would LOVE to do a better (and more consistent) job.

  73. Deanna
    September 29, 2011 | 6:42 pm
  74. Deanna
    September 29, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    sorry to take up so much comment space, but here’s a second comment about my blogpost.

  75. Deanna
    September 29, 2011 | 6:45 pm

    and a third.

  76. Jamie
    September 29, 2011 | 7:53 pm

    We have “together time” each day where we do various memory work; specifically 2 Bible verses each month and our address/telephone numbers. We also have “computer time” each day where the kids listen to a geography song, a books of the Bible song, a presidents song, and a state capitals song.

  77. Jamie
    September 29, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    I shared about your giveaway on twitter:
    http://twitter.com/#!/rangersbraves/status/119560894039592960

  78. Heather
    September 29, 2011 | 8:32 pm

    Right now we are just getting going on really memorizing things. Our just turned 3 year old has memorized on his own from hearing it over and over, but now we are making our first effort at memorizing a few prayers (he already knows the ones we say at meal times). We are just doing the say and repeat since that has worked for him in the past!

    Thanks for a great giveaway,
    Heather

  79. Kati
    September 29, 2011 | 9:14 pm

    I shared this on Facebook!

  80. Jessica
    September 29, 2011 | 9:31 pm

    I am currently just repeating the verses to my 2yr old daughter when I remember to do so. I have been wanting to order the Jamie Soles cd’s but didn’t know which ones to order. Do you have a recommended list of his cd’s? I have been on his website and seen the list of cd’s he offers. I definately like the ones that are Psalms. Thanks for all you do!

  81. Amy
    September 29, 2011 | 9:58 pm

    We haven’t incorporated memory verses yet, but would like to start soon!

  82. Rebecca
    September 29, 2011 | 9:59 pm

    We use the method described on Simply Charlotte Mason. It works great-when we do it ….
    We’ve recently moved and have let it slide. REALLY need to get back to it..
    We do have a couple Bible verse CD’s and love those to. They especially help me and two of our kids that have trouble with just the verses.
    I would love to win the Jamie Soles CD (we already have the other one).

  83. Deirdre
    September 29, 2011 | 10:03 pm

    We find scripture set to music the easiest way to memorize. I have noticed that some of my kids find memorization much easier than others. They get this from my husband. He and my oldest son would have been bards if they’d been born 500 yrs ago. I hope I win. I like Jamie Soles music. So much that is that my older kids have groaned recently when I put on my fav CD. Do you still have a link to his site that earns you moolah? I plan to buy more CD’s soon and I will use it if it exists.

  84. Deirdre
    September 29, 2011 | 10:03 pm

    I posted on FB about this giveaway.

  85. Amanda
    September 30, 2011 | 12:16 am

    We’ve used the book ABC Bible Verses by: Susan Hunt. We’ve also just read scripture and sometimes if our son asks us a question about one we’ll choose that to be the one to memorize. Sometimes we’ll create a worksheet for him, or find a story in the bible that goes along with it. I’ve thought about using songs, but haven’t bought a CD yet. This would be wonderful to include during our bible time.

  86. Amy
    September 30, 2011 | 12:58 am

    I shared this post on fb!

  87. Jennifer @ Schooling Three Sisters
    September 30, 2011 | 11:43 am

    I already have a couple Scripture cds that I use for memorization purposes with my children, but these look wonderful and I would LOVE to add to my collection!

    jewel7123 at yahoo.com

    Thanks!

  88. Lisa
    September 30, 2011 | 1:38 pm

    We like to incorporate music into our memorizing as well as repitition each day.

  89. Jane Cannon
    September 30, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Our family has done the scripture memory box (like the one you use) but we got out of the habit about a year ago. I really need to start again.

  90. Andrea
    September 30, 2011 | 3:56 pm

    Each of us has a box with our verses in it that we are memorizing. Each day we go over our daily verses, then odd/even day verses, then weekday verse, then month day verses. It is amazing how much we can remember. The kids participated in Bible Bee the past 2 years and that helped all of us memorize verses. The kids also participate in AWANA during the school year which helps them too. I am probably the one that needs more help. 🙂

  91. Elizabeth Morris
    September 30, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    We usually do our memorizing while we’re in the car. The kids stay focused better and it makes riding more enjoyable. The other place that works well for our family is while I’m doing the girls’ hair after showers.

  92. Elizabeth Morris
    September 30, 2011 | 6:16 pm

    I shared this post on fb!!!

  93. Elizabeth Morris
    September 30, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    shared about the giveaway on twitter

  94. Elizabeth Morris
    September 30, 2011 | 6:29 pm
  95. Elizabeth Morris
    September 30, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    second blog entry

  96. Elizabeth Morris
    September 30, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    and the thrid!

  97. Kelly Maine
    September 30, 2011 | 8:38 pm

    I would love for us to do better at memorizing things. My oldest has commented that flash cards (on index cards) have recently really helped her with memorizing her Spanish vocabulary and geography as well as her Biology terms. I suggested she use it for Algebra as well. 🙂 It would also probably be effective as a single verse memory system for kids who can read. We always loved the Steve Green “Hide Em in Your Heart” Bible songs. Another great set is the City on a Hill series. 🙂

  98. Kath
    September 30, 2011 | 9:59 pm

    I would love the A to Z cd, it would be perfect for my kids!

  99. 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!

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

    Blogged about the giveaway!

  101. 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.

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

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

  103. 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.

  104. 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.

  105. 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 🙂

  106. 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!)

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

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

    I shared the contest on Facebook.

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

    I just tweeted the giveaway @AxLady

  114. 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.

  115. 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!

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

    I shared about this giveaway on FB!

  117. April
    October 3, 2011 | 8:49 am
  118. April
    October 3, 2011 | 8:50 am

    I’ve blogged about this giveaway!

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

    I’ve blogged about this giveaway! #3

  120. 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 🙂

  121. 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.

  122. 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.

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

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

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

    shared on twitter

  125. 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.

  126. 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).

  127. 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. 🙂

  128. 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!

  129. 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.

  130. 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!

  131. 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.