6 ways to help your children memorize scripture

I grew up in a Christian home. Because of that, I think it is so important to learn how to teach children to memorize scripture. While I was growing up, I was encouraged to memorize scripture. When I went to Sunday school, I was encouraged to memorize a scripture verse or passage for the following week. Often there was an incentive for memorizing scripture, too. When I was in homeschool, much of my curriculum included scripture memorization.

To this day, those are the scriptures that I remember very easily. When I’m in need of a scripture, it’s like they come right back to me just like that! I love that I was able to memorize scripture as a child and that I have that resource to come back to.

Now, obviously, not all of you grew in a Christian home. Perhaps you became a Christian as an adult or you’re even a new Christian. That’s okay. I encourage you that it is still possible to memorize scripture as an adult.

Because of my great start, I desire to help my children to memorize scripture as well. I hope that you will consider helping your children to memorize scripture as well.

Today, I’m going to share with you exactly how we do scripture memorization at our house. (For reference, we have a 12, 9, and 6-year-old around these parts.) That being said, I have been successful in teaching scripture memorization to my youngest at 3 years old. I just didn’t expect him to remember where the verse was found or to use the exact wording.

6 Ways to help your children memorize scripture

1) Start with small verses.

-If you’ve never done scripture memory with your children before, pick verses that are fairly easy to remember and not too long.

-Remember to take age and memorization ability into consideration. You don’t want to cause frustration.

2) Give them lots of time to memorize their scripture.

-At our house, I give my children one month to memorize a scripture. Now my oldest could easily do more than that, but it’s easier for me (at this time) to have them memorize at the same pace.

-If you have just one older child, perhaps you can do more than more scripture a month.

3) Plan ahead.

-I took the time to plan a scripture a month for the whole school year before school started this year.

-Being intentional will help make sure that scripture memorization actually happens.

4) Pick a time to practice those verses.

-We practice our verses at the beginning of each school day, just before we do our daily read aloud.

-You could also practice at the breakfast table, while doing family devotions, or even paste scripture on the bathroom mirror for your children to read while they brush their teeth.

5) Give rewards for a job well done.

-I don’t allow my children to eat a lot of candy so when they have memorized their scripture for the month, I allow them to pick out some candy at the grocery store.

-One family we know did a scripture memory challenge in the summer time. This was done with older children and I believe the children were paid in dollar values. At the end of the summer, they took them to a local Bible Bookstore and allowed them to pick out books.

6) Save the scriptures.

-I have gotten all my children rings to keep their verses on so that they’ll always have them. I take the time to laminate the scriptures and then punch holes in them.

I love that I have the opportunity to help my children memorize scripture. Because I have seen the fruit of it in my life, I’m glad that I can help my own children memorize scripture as well.

Tell me, do you encourage your children to memorize scripture?

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35 thoughts on “6 ways to help your children memorize scripture

  1. I love this! I did Bible drills and Bible quizzing for years, so I worry sometimes that my daughter won’t know as many verses because she’s not in these programs. But really, we just need to be intentional about it. I’d add that any verses you can put in song are helpful too! #6 especially spoke to me, because it helps you remember how many they have committed to memory, and review them. I write hers in a blank page in my Bible. Very good tips here!

    1. I love that you mentioned the songs! I totally forgot about that one in my list, but a great tip nonetheless. Thanks for stopping by, Traci.

  2. Yes! Our children need the word of God in their hearts at a young age so they can apply it to as they grow and learn.

    So glad I stopped by from the Teaching what is Good Linkup!

  3. It is amazing how quickly young ones can absorb God’s word. Thanks for stopping by, Wendy!

  4. This is excellent and so very important! One thing I did was put Scripture music and sing Scripture with my kids. That worked well!

  5. Great encouragement and practical wisdom, Rosanna. My 14 year old and I are reading through Proverbs together right now and there are so many powerful but simple nuggets of wisdom there that we can remember – together! Thanks for sharing. I’ve pinned you! 🙂

    1. That’s so great that you are reading through Proverbs together with your child, Tiffany! Thanks for pinning!

  6. Great post, Rosanna! My little boy is only 1 so it might be a little early to try these out, but I definitely want to keep them in mind for when he’s old enough! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
    God bless,

  7. Rosanna – Great tips for helping kids remember and memorize verses. I use to use rings too, with 3×5 cards to keep all my Scriptures together in one place.

    Thank you for linking up with #TuneInThursday today! I am so blessed to have you linking your posts as part of the community each Thursday

    1. Debbie, I love that you use rings to keep your own scriptures in one place. I may just have to try that out for myself as well. Have a blessed weekend!

  8. My little girl is still too young for memorizing, but I’ll keep this in mind for sure! Having the Word in our hearts is so important, and I’m excited to learn right along with her! Visiting from Grace and Truth 🙂

    1. That’s great, Dani! You are so right that having God’s word hidden in our hearts is important.

  9. I love this! Such practical tips. You are motivating me to start helping my kids memorize Scripture while they are young. It’s really the best time to learn, and I bet many of those verses will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

    1. The verses I memorized as a child sure have stayed with me. Thanks for stopping by, Ellen!

  10. That’s wonderful, Betsy! I just may steal your idea to do with my children over the summer. (at least the oldest one) Blessings to you!

  11. I, too, still remember many of the verses I learned as a child!

    I love #6 on your list. I think it’s important to review the verses our kids have learned from time to time so that they truly have the words of God hidden in the hearts.

    1. I so agree that it’s important to review the verses our kids have learned. Thanks for stopping by, Tracey!

  12. These are great tips! We’ve used several of these ideas through the years with our children. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I started saying out loud verses to my triplets ever since they were born and the first verse they recited was “My cup runs over ” 🙂 at the age of 2

    I,too like you grew up in a Christian home so teaching my children verses and songs came naturally as well.

    I pray these verses will continue to work in their hearts and they will see the Lord all their lives.

    Great Post !!


    1. That is so cool, Diana! I love that your triplets recited verses when they were 2. Blessings to you as well!

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