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Scripture is a guide for living and growing in accordance with God’s Will. An essential part of Bible study, Scripture helps families recognize and follow the Word of God in their daily lives. Here are six tips to help you and your kids memorize and internalize God’s teachings.
Bible apps are a great way to access the timeless teachings of the Bible in a modern format. There are many apps aimed specifically at children, and the digital platform means you can learn scripture virtually anywhere.
Write it down and say it out loud
When trying to remember specific verses from the Bible, it is best to start with one or two sentences of the verse. Ask your child to write each sentence three to five times, saying the sentence out loud each time. Once they have committed that sentence to memory, you can add the next sentence using the same exercise. While some kids can remember an entire verse in a matter of minutes, others may require several days for one sentence. Be patient and find a strategy that works for your children.
This is a good trick to combine with the suggestion above, as it helps kids remember to practice the verses that they aim to memorize. Write the verses down and post them in places you and your children are bound to look. Try posting verses on your phone and computer screen wallpapers, or taped to the bathroom mirror and kitchen table. These visual reminders provide regular opportunities for the whole family to review and quiz themselves.
Especially for young ones, rhythm and melody make Scripture easier to remember. Just as kids often learn numbers or letters through songs and rhymes, they can also set Bible verses to the melodies of known church songs or nursery rhymes. One great place to look for familiar and easy songs is the songbook at your church.
Use verses in prayer
Quoting Scripture in prayers and praying for help to remember Scripture gives strength to families. Encourage your children to use verses in their daily prayers and to talk to God about how these verses apply to their lives. This can be done individually or facilitated in family prayer sessions.
Talk about the Scriptures you are trying to memorize
Friends and family are there to help you in your spiritual life. Parents, kids, extended family and family friends are a rich resource for learning, better understanding and internalizing Scripture. Talk with your kids about what certain verses mean to you and encourage them to talk to family and friends about how those verses apply to school life and other activities.
God is all around us. Memorizing Scripture is one way to call attention to this fact and to help kids and families listen for God’s voice, even when life seems too busy to hear your prayers. CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes believes in the importance of Christian values in education. For more information on financial aid for private school, contact us at (702) 939-5050.
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Kids learn prayer not only from church and bible school, but also from their parents. That’s why it is so important to establish methods for effectively communicating with God for your children on a daily basis. With the right approach, your children can learn powerful prayer techniques that can be used for years to come. Here are a few ideas for getting your kids to talk to God:
Rhyming or music
Rhyming prayers such as the “Now I lay me down to sleep” prayer are a great way for young ones without full verbal skills to begin learning methods for worship. Rhyming is an age-old technique that helps children memorize words easily. When they begin to learn basic prayers, try setting these prayers to music. Playing guitar, piano cords or using a CD (for the less musically-inclined) can really help kids connect to basic prayers.
Take turns praying
Before meals or at bedtime, it might be faster for parents to lead worship circles. However, by assigning prayers alternately to each family member, kids learn more prayers quickly and get to try leading prayer on their own. This is an important development in a child’s prayer life, as the ability to lead prayer makes a child more likely to pray on their own.
Keep a prayer journal
Here’s where you can get creative. Prayer journals do not always have to be the exact written words of the prayer. It can include pictures, poetry or entries about life that connect the child to prayer. Keep the journal by their bedside as an easy way to start and end each day with reflection.
The experience of prayer is different for everyone, as it puts each of God’s children in direct conversation with the Lord. Try some different techniques to get your kids to develop this very important habit that can enrich your prayer life as well. For more information on a private Christian school or to find financial aid for private school, contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes today at (702) 939-5050.
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