You want your child to know and love God, to cherish the gospel in their hearts, and live its standards. Scripture memory work is the first easy step to establishing a relationship. But it's not the only step you can take with Memory Work.
Having many opportunities and lots of time to dedicate to teaching your child the gospel is one of the big reasons you decided to Homeschool. Sometimes though, you don't do as much as you'd like. Putting key concepts into your memory work will ensure it's covered and remembered.
Especially when you're not there to help your child.
Scripture memory work
Of course, you already know memorizing scriptures is an excellent idea.
You can start in chronological order, as these are listed below, or you can pick and choose based on what you're learning as a family.
In our home we do all of either the Old Testament or the New Testament during one school year. We make sure we are also studying from that book during the school year as well to know the stories and get the real good nuggets of information and dive deeper.
The kids are so excited when we read a verse we have memorized. You guessed it, they all want to stop and recite it together.
This has really helped them to internalize the verses they memorize because they not only memorize it, but they then connect it to the stories and prophets of old.
I've listed out some really good doctrinally based verses for y'all. Of course, it's really hard to choose, there are just so many amazing ones.
If I could I'd memorize chapter 11 in Hebrews.
The * indicates that this verse is included in the ASL Memory Pack y'all can download for free at the bottom of this post.
Your kids can memorize those verses in both English and American Sign Language. It's really fun, and very effective in memorizing and understanding the verses layers of meaning.
If your religion does not use these books of scripture, please substitute with the verses that are teaching a principle and lesson you want your children to know.
Of course, if you are not religious, then just skip over these verses, or go ahead and memorize those that are in keeping with your family's values and standards.
- Genesis 1:26-27
- Genesis 2:24
- Genesis 39:3
- Exodus 19:5-6
- Exodus 20:3-17
- Joshua 24:15
- 1 Samuel 16:7
- Psalm 24:3-4
- Psalm 119:105
- Psalm 127:3
- Proverbs 3:5-6*
- Isaiah 1:18
- Isaiah 5:20
- Isaiah 53:3-5
- Isaiah 58:6-7
- Isaiah 58:13-14
- Jeremiah 1:4-5
- Ezekiel 37:15-17
- Amos 3:7
- Malachi 3:8-10
- Malachi 4:5-6
- Matthew 5:14-16
- Matthew 11:28-30
- Matthew 16:15-19
- Matthew 22:36-39
- Matthew 28:19-20
- Luke 24:36-39
- John 3:5
- John 14:6
- John 14:15*
- John 17:3
- Acts 2:36-38
- Acts 3:19-21
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
- 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
- 1 Corinthians 15:40-42
- Galatians 5:22-23
- Ephesians 4:11-14
- Philippians 4:13*
- 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
- 2 Timothy 3:15-17
- Hebrews 12:9
- James 1:5-6*
- James 2:17-18
- 1 Peter 4;6
- Revelations 20:12
Hymns & worship songs for memory work
This was a little bit trickier since so many of us are of different faiths. Jewish, Methodist, Catholic, LDS, Presbyterian, Muslim, Baptist, and on and on and on.
I've scoured the internet for places to get free copies of the lyrics to hymns of various faiths. If you don't see your faith here, I truly apologize.
In this world of increasing opposition to morals, values, standards, and religion it's important that we arm our children with all the knowledge, faith, and strength we can. It's good for our children to know the scriptures that we hold dear to our hearts.
It's just as important that they understand where we stand on the doctrines of our religion.
We cannot be there for our children at every step they take, temptation they face, opposition they face, or doubt they may have. We cannot decide for them, we cannot give them our testimony and faith. They have to find those for themselves.
Understanding the doctrine of their religion will give them a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding. These can lead to desire to know, which will work in their hearts to develop into hope and faith. And actions soon follow.
We'll be giving our children the tools to choose right and good and to discern wrong from right. Dark from light.
How to do it
Write down the doctrines of your faith.
Flesh out, or seek materials from your religion to aide you in this pursuit.
Here are some starter questions to get you thinking:
- Where did we come from?
- Why are we here?
- What happens after we die?
- What is our belief in God? Jesus Christ? The Holy Ghost?
- What does faith mean?
- How do we repent?
- How are we saved?
- What are the commandments?
- Who do we follow as our leader-- is it a prophet, apostle, pope, etc? Where does their authority come from?
- What is the purpose of prayer?
- What is the correct way to pray?
You could go on for hours. It may take you some time, but I guarantee, the time you put into this will not be wasted.
Once you write down your doctrines (or find them written for you) be sure to find scriptures that support the doctrines you believe.
Now for the application part.
1. Pick the doctrine you want to cover first.
2. Read it together, read the scripture references. Discuss, ask questions, pray, and dive as deep as you want. This can take as long or as short as you want. It can span a day, a few days, or even a few weeks.
3. Now, if the things you've written down are pretty lengthy, you can take it a paragraph at a time and memorize it. Or memorize the golden nuggets first, and then come back through again at a later date and memorize more.
Be sure to memorize the scripture references along with the doctrines you memorize.
This will be so helpful and effective for your children. Should they ever need help understanding a principle they can recall what they've memorized, but then they know the scriptures that support this and will have even more evidence at their hands to guide them.
4. As the years go on, be sure to add more scripture references to be memorized. The scriptures are jam-packed with goodness and teaching nuggets that all connect to one another.
5. Keep a journal. Write how they connect down
This journal will be invaluable to each child as they grow and, as we often do, forget the lessons we've learned.
Put it all together
Putting extra effort into really making your relationship with God a top priority in your homeschool will bless your life and your children's lives in ways you cannot imagine. Things may still be hard, but you will find strength you didn't have with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by your side.
Gift for you
I have translated 4 scripture verses into ASL for your kids (and you) to memorize.
Why memorize in ASL?
Well, there's something powerful about moving your body when you memorize. You memorize it faster, your recall is easier, and it's ingrained in you at a deeper level.
Learning a scripture verse in another language really encourages your children to ponder the meaning of the verse.
In a few of the verses I give a few options on how to sign and interpret the verse. I leave these options up to you and your children to discuss and decide upon together.
What a great teaching moment.
Having decided together you will learn together and you can bet they won't forget it.
You can grab them for free, along with poems, quotes, and educational bits to memorize in this box right here. You'll get access to the videos, as well as review pages to put into your memory work binder for quick access.
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