Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Memory Verse Box

In the comments of yesterday's post Suzanne asked for more information about our memory box system.

The idea completely came from here on Simply Charlotte Mason.  I began this post thinking I would link up, but also give the directions here on how to do your own.  But you know what?  SCM does such a great job telling you how, I don't see the need to repeat it all. :)

Basically, it is a rotation system, where new verses are reviewed daily, then every other day, then weekly, then monthly.  Easy to do, and all you need is your Bible, index cards, and a box with dividers.  We usually go through ours while sitting at the breakfast table each morning.

The only difference we have in ours from the one linked above, is that because we don't have 30 days worth of verses yet, we have all of our monthlies on days 1-10 and go over them 3 times each month instead of one.  On the 11th and 21st of the month we start over at 1 again.  As we start accumulating more verses we will switch over to the monthly system as described on SCM.  If you haven't read the SCM instructions on making a box what I just said may not have made a lick of sense.

In case you are looking for ideas of which verses to start with, I am listing a few of ours below.  SCM has a list as well.

When learning a new verse we read it together several times in a row until it is committed enough to memory to begin reciting.  I like to write down longer verses (or ones that we are using for character issues) and post them on the wall or the refrigerator, too.

Verses in our box:
John 10:10 (The thief cometh not...)
Luke 2:8-14
Psalm 100 (Make a joyful noise...)
Psalm 33:4 
John 1:1 (In the beginning...)
James 1:19-20 (...quick to listen, slow to speak...)
Proverbs 3:5-6 (Trust in the Lord...)
Proverbs 4:20-22 (...attend to my words...)
I Corinthians 14:40
Matthew 4:19-20 (...fishers of men...)
Ephesians 4:32 (And be ye kind...)
Luke 1:37
I Corinthians 13:4
Genesis 1:1 (In the beginning...)
Psalm 119:11 (Thy word have I hid...)
Ephesians 6:1 (Children obey your parents...)
I Timothy 6:6 (But godliness...)
Galatians 5:22-23 (fruit of the spirit)
Luke 19:10
Joshua 1:9
John 3:16

We also have a card for "The Gospels" (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and "The Books of the Law" (Genesis - Deuteronomy). 

Another benefit of Scripture memory with your kids?  You learn them, too!

How do you choose verses and passages for your kids?  What are some of your favorites?


Denise said...

I came across your blog on a fellow homeschool site. I am now following you and look forward to reading more posts.
I like your background!


Anonymous said...

We have a box too! Very handy. Brian just said on his way out the door this morning, "add the Lord's Prayers to the box today." ...how could that have not already been in there???

Hope you're doing well. TJ will get a letter out soon. He is a little overwhelmed with "real" K work right now...