Like I mentioned a few days ago in this post, we want to start having Trevor memorize Bible verses. I figure if he can memorize songs and numbers and the sounds that letters make, he can memorize verses!
I have been working on sorting through Proverbs and pulling out verses dealing with character traits, categorizing them, and then picking out one from each grouping. I want to spend a week (starting in the fall) on each character trait, and the verse for that week would go with the trait. Then I got a recommendation of the book, Child's Book of Character Building, which seems to expand on the same concept, so we are going to start going through that and memorizing those verses in the fall.
I was made aware of that book from looking at simplycharlottemason.com. On the website, they have a scripture memory system that seems really great. (See ours here!) Essentially it's writing all the verses you want to memorize on 3x5 cards. Then you have a 3x5 card box with dividers in it (Daily, Odd, Even, Monday-Sunday, 1-31). Every time you start a new verse, you move the previous verse back to either the Even or Odd divider, then move the one there back to one of the days of the week, and move the one from the day of the week divider to a number divider. So each day you do the verse behind the Daily, Odd or Even (depending on the day of the month), one day of the week, and one date divider. I think it's a great system! You are slowly practicing each verse less and less as you know it more an more. For a more detailed description, check out the link above.
That website also has verse recommendations, so I looked through those and threw in some extras. I don't know how much Trevor will be able to handle this year, but if nothing else it will get him in the habit of listening to and memorizing scripture. It will also be great for Tim and I, who always want to be memorizing more (or refreshing what we know), but never seem to stay consistent with it.
Here are the first few verses that will probably get us through the summer before we start working on the character trait verses...
- Genesis 1:1
- Genesis 1:27
- Genesis 1:31
- Genesis 2:7
- Psalm 23
Trevor has his first verse down! He needed a little help in this video, but it's been a few days since I shot that and now he has it perfectly. (Oh, please don't mind all the toys in the background =)
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."
I can't think of a better place to start =)
Do you do Bible (or poetry, or speeches, or whatever!) memorization with your family? I'd love to hear how you do it and what you're memorizing.