Monday, February 28, 2011

Memorization Update!

The boys have been working hard on their "Verse Books," as we like to call them! I started out picking verses I thought relevant to their lives (i.e. "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." Ephesians 6:1) but have since moved on to have them memorize the verses that the people of Alethia are memorizing…which have all been from Philippians.

To start, I write the verse at the top of a piece of paper with a Sharpie for Isaac and Noah. Drew then copies the verse on his sheet himself. Then we talk about it and what it means to them. I ask them to describe what they think it means in their own words, then I ask them to draw a picture of that description. It's so cool to see how they really think about this and draw pictures. Isaac's are obviously pretty basic (i.e. for Ephesians 6:1 he drew a bunch of circles that he called children!) and Noah and Drew's are more complex and really show the meaning of the verse.

For Philippians 2:3 ("Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself") Noah drew God (biggest figure below), others (medium figure), and himself (smallest figure) to illustrate that he is putting God and others before himself.

Drew takes this task seriously (the others do too!) and really tries to concentrate. He does a great job writing the verse and illustrating it as well…and usually adds Lego stickers! :)

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"I have hidden your word in my heart that I
might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11

I'm trying, Lord. I'm trying to engrave Your word in the hearts of my children. Help me to stay diligent in this task. Help me to show them who You are and how important Your word is at a young age.

2 comments:

Joanna said...

I broke my no commenting rule AGAIN to tell you how amazingly cool I think this is! It has been on my heart for a little while to start verse memorization with my kiddos but had no vision for what or how. I'm totally doing this- thank you!!!

Lauren said...

It is so beautiful to see you making this something important for your babies…it is amazing to hear them recite the word of God with such pride and joy.