Scripture Memory and Children

scripture memory

Our family finds scripture memory very important. But we also have a terrible time remembering to practice. Thinking this may go back to our family not having a real schedule (see this post: Schedules or NOT).

My children know lots of scriptures and can recite many Biblical things like:

  • The 10 Commandments
  • The Lords Prayer
  • The Books of the Bible
  • The Fruits of the Spirit
  • The 23rd Psalm

They can usually tell if a scripture is in the Bible if you quote it. But they most likely can’t give you the “street address”, like Luke 10:24. There are some verses they can to that for, like Luke 10:24, for example. They have heard Ray Comfort say this verse so many times on the “Hells’ Best Kept Secret” cd. When I first heard this title I though that there was no way that was ever getting heard by my children. But, I was wrong, it is an amazing message of salvation and how we can witness to others.

What we have found with our children is that what they here again and again they remember. If my children listen to a certain song again and again they will memorize not only the words, but the tone of voice, and the tune of the song. So, we have chosen to have them listen to a lot of scripture.

Some tapes and cd’s we have used over the years are:

  • Go To The Ant by Judy Rogers (you can listen to some of the songs here)
  • The Donut Man (you can listen to some of his songs here)
  • Change My Heart Oh God
  • Songs from the Beginners Bible (you can listen to some of the songs here, an affiliate link)
  • There are so many more

Other ways we have tried:

Over the years we have used many different ways to hide the scriptures in our children’s hearts.  But music seems to be a very easy way for my children to memorize anything.

How does your family accomplish scripture memory?

Gospel Tracts and How We Use Them

They are a fun easy way to share the gospel with others. Here is Living Waters explaining way better than me.

 

What are our favorite tracts?

  • My favorite for leaving places “The Wallet Tract”:
Links to Where to Buy These Wallet Tracks

This Image links to where to you can buy these Wallet Tracts

 

  • Gallops favorite and Living Waters best seller “The Million Dollar Bill Tract”:
Links to Where you Can Buy the Million Dollar Bill Tract

This Image links to where you can buy the Million Dollar Bill Tract

 

How do we use them?

We started by just leaving them at the grocery store on the shelves. This changed as we got cooler tracts like the wallet tract. We would take that wallet tract and leave it at the large hospital nearby. We would shove it down in the back of the seat cushion where it joined the back of the seat. We would leave a portion of it showing so people would be attracted by it. That was a fun one to leave. We would head back later and feel satisfied that it was gone.

You can just hand them out. We do not usually do that. Except the million dollar tract. That is a perfect one to hand to the cashier or as a tip at a restaurant (with a real money also, waitresses work hard). People get a kick out of it and it takes them by surprise. End it by saying, “it’s a gospel tract”. It works really well. We have even used them at the full service gas station and the toll booth.

A couple years ago we entered into the local parade and handed out over 200 tracts to people watching the parade. The marching was long but it sure was worth it. Here is a picture of us. We decorated the van and dressed alike. It was a lot of fun and people seemed to like it. Boy have the kids gotten big since then.

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What tracts do we have here right now?

Here is a picture of the tracts we currently have at our house. We have many and like to have a selection on hand either in my purse or in the car to hand out or leave places. It is good to try and have your tract match your audience. Organizing the tracts for this picture was a great oppurtinuty for me to look and see what I had 🙂 I do have a second favorite tract. It would be my most favorite except I find it a real hard one to just hand out. There is no real “lead in” line for it. It is the “ 101 of the World’s Funniest One Liners” tract (that link goes to were you can buy it). The one below in the picture at the top left corner with the key on it is one I created myself.

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Where to buy tracts?

We buy most of our through Living Waters Ministry. They are inexpensive and funny. Give them a try. We are not affiliated with them in anyway and do not make any money off of this information. Just sharing what we do.

Happy Witnessing!

Bible Curriculum

We are a strong faith based family. But it took many years for me to decide to use a Bible curriculum. The change came because the church we now attend does not have a Sunday School. Not that we really ever attended Sunday School per say. But before this church there was always the option of going or not. So the idea that they might need a curriculum to fill in the gaps came back to haunt me last year. (Homeschooling and the fear of gaps in their education doesn’t haunt me much anymore but sometimes it peaks its ugly head up.)

I was thinking about all the Bible memory work I did as a kid in Sunday School and that my children don’t have that. Then I went out on a limb and bought an Alpha Omegas Bible Lifepac sets for each child. Man that was a lot of money. It is a collection of 10 worktexts and the keys. The companies goal is for us to plan on doing one a month and then buy the next years grade set and keep going till they graduate. Not us. We barely made it through the first 2 worktexts in each grade level for each kid. They like it but don’t love it. Here is a sample of Collectors Lifepacs (Grade 2 last year):

Collectors Bible Lifepacs Sample

Collectors Bible Lifepacs Sample

They are pretty fun and colorful in the younger years but get kind of long and drawn out as the grade gets higher. I did Lifepacs as  a kid many, many moons ago. I have to admit they were very easy. But they must have helped some because my knowledge about the Bible is fairly good. I usually win at Bible Trivia anyway 🙂 Here is a sample of Directors 10th grade Bible Lifepac:

Directors Bible Lifepac Sample

Directors Bible Lifepac Sample

Director says that she likes it. Some lessons are long and drawn out while others are fine. She does not like that the sections are sent nicely divided into section for each day. You kind of have to guess how much to do each day.

Our children who read spend time in God’s word each day without a Bible curriculum to tell them what to do. Well, maybe not all of the kids. Thinking that Tech has a hard time remembering to read each morning but just because his brain gets full of things he wants to accomplish in a day. When he is reminded he does it happily and is glad he was reminded.

The Lifepac order that I placed was for 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th grades. With this span of books to look over and children using them that would give me their feedback it was easy to figure out how we would decide to use this curriculum. We use it like we use their other curriculum workbooks. We do one page or lesson (depending on the child) each time we have a workbooks day. It makes going through a book very slow but the kids like it better and don’t seem do be dreading it as much.

One thing we did notice was that the 4th grade book really seemed to have a lot of Bible reading required. Now if we are already reading our scriptures and then add this to all the reading Pilot does for school itself it is a bit overwhelming. So for him we actually don’t do the addition Bible reading for each lesson. We do it every other time. Here is a sample of the book he is doing:

Pilots Bible Lifepac Sample

Pilots Bible Lifepac Sample

Not sure if we will purchase the next grade up for anyone. Guessing I will ask them individually and purchase for those who would like to do another year of this curriculum. Hope you found this helpful.

What do you use for Bible curriculum? Or do you use a curriculum at all for Bible?