Memory Verses

This page links you to an archive of verses that I’m trying to have my children memorize.  I chose these verses because many of them are important for building a good foundation in our faith.  They are verses that are important for understanding the plan of salvation, the importance of the Bible, and the character of God.  Many of these are used in my Children’s Daily Bible Study. If you’re using that study, it has memory verse practice built into the studies.

Click on each topic to see the memory verses:

Beattitudes (from Matthew 5)

Holiness (purity, sanctification)

Hope

Love

Thankfulness & Contentment

Wisdom

His Word (its inspiration and importance)

Youth (encouragement for the young)

I also have an activity to help young children memorize Psalm 23.


I gave them different category headings so it would be easier for parents to find the verse on a certain subject.  I hope that helps with corresponding them to a particular study you’re doing.

The “Simply Charlotte Mason” website has  a wonderful system for memorizing verses, which I have used and found effective.

It is my hope that in the future I’ll be able to make copywork pages using these verses.  It’s on my to-do list.  My very long to-do list, but it’s on there!

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Just some ramblings…

Of course, as I mention here, anything we learn won’t really stay with us without constant practice & use.  I’ve found it’s very easy to forget what I’ve memorized.  For my kids, it was easier for them to forget a verse if I kept “piling on” memory verse after memory verse every week.

One time, being challenged by a sermon given by Wayne Fancher, I memorized the entire book of Philippians.  It took about a month.  It was a very faith-building endeavor for me.  That was 8 months ago.  I can no longer recite it at will.

BUT I can find any passage in Philippians if you tell me a topic that it addresses.  In studying and listening to sermons, “Philippians” is one of the first “files” my brain goes to for parallel passages.

I don’t think I needed to memorize the book to become that familiar with it.  But in order to memorize it, I needed to see how the phrases and ideas were put together in the book.  It really helped to spend time every day going through and “chewing over” the verses in the book (sorry for that analogy, but I raise goats).

I think that for verses to become more “salient” to our children, it would be better to memorize passages than single verses.  That way the child can see how verses fit together in context.  I think it may be better to spend a few months memorizing whole passages ~ maybe one verse a week, each verse adding on to the other, while you discuss the verses and how they relate to the overall book.

Little children are good parrots, and those of you who are Classical Education homeschoolers know how important it is to start them with memory work early.  We need to teach them to memorize Bible verses ~ you won’t (necessarily) have a Bible with you when your scout leader misuses a verse and you ask to speak with him later about it.  The downside of this is: little children are good parrots.  A fund of memory verses is not an indicator of true knowledge.

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