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Fun Ways to Teach Your Children the Bible

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You can easily teach your children the bible and help them memorize scripture by using these fun methods. You’ll be amazed at how quickly they learn and retain God’s word in their hearts.

Hiding God’s word in our hearts is crucial for living a victorious life. Even David, who was called the man after God’s own heart, felt that hiding God’s word in his heart was the key to avoiding sin.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Psalm 119:11

Knowing this formula for avoiding sin, why wouldn’t we want to teach our children early how to hide God’s word in their hearts?

How To Teach Your Children the Bible (and Make it Fun)

Over the years of teaching my children scripture, I’ve learned some of the most effective ways to help them remember and recite verses–not just for a week or month, but for years following.

I’ve tested these methods over the past 10 years spent homeschooling, and they have worked without fail.

So what are these tried-and-true methods? Here are my top seven ways to teach your children the Bible (while having fun):

1. Put it to music

Have you ever heard your child complain of getting a song stuck in their head? This is proof that music is more easily fixed in our memory. Studies have found that music stimulates parts of our brain, and has the ability to enhance the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

So why not put music to good use in helping our children retain information and enhance learning?

According to Chris Brewer, founder of LifeSounds Educational Services and author of the new book Soundtracks for Learning, sounds can help to hold our attention, stimulate visual images, and evoke emotions. “Students of all ages—that includes adults— generally find that music helps them focus more clearly on the task at hand and puts them in a better mood for learning,” says Brewer.

Here’s how we did it:

I would take familiar tunes, like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, If You’re Happy and You Know It, or Row, Row, Row Your Boat and replace the words with the scripture we were learning. We would practice it together daily (more than once) and end the week with the children singing it on their own. We would also sing the previous scripture songs we had already learned as a reminder.

2. Say it to a rhythm or beat

So my son was born a little drummer. From toddler age, he was always using straws, pencils or any stick-like object to beat out rhythms he heard. So I decided to use that to my advantage.

Here’s how we did it:

I would beat out a random rhythm on the table and say each word of the scripture to that beat. And to this day, if I beat out those rhythms on any object, my children will begin to say the scripture that went with it.

3. Use hand signals for specific words

This method can combine sign language and your own hand signals. If the verse mentioned “God,” we would point up. If it mentioned “give,” we would signal as if we were handing the other person a gift. This is also an excellent opportunity to learn some official sign language.

Here’s how we did it:

I would read the verse(s) to my children and ask them to come up with some hand signals that would help them remember the major words of the scripture. They had a blast coming up with some serious, and many silly, signals. We had many laughs, but it was worth it because they were learning scripture.

4. Give rewards for successful memorization

Who doesn’t like getting rewarded for a job well-done? It’s a great motivator and it shows appreciation for the hard work put in to accomplish a task.

You can choose the types of rewards that will be most meaningful to your children. Just be consistent and prompt with whatever you decide.

Here’s how we did it:

At the end of the week, once they successfully recited the memory verse, my children were able to pull a small prize (toys they previously selected from the Dollar Store) from a special treasure chest.

5. Apply scriptures to daily living

Different things in life can remind us of certain scriptures. While in the moment, ask your child to recall a verse that applies.

Here’s how we did it:

For instance, once while shopping in the produce section of the grocery store, I remembered a past memory verse we had put to rhythm. I started it out…, “The earth produced all kinds of vegetation…,” and my children jumped in to finish with, “…God looked at what He had made and it was good.” (Genesis 1:11, paraphrase).

Wherever and whenever you can relate a scripture you’ve been memorizing, take that opportunity to review it with your children. It fixes it in their memories more securely.

6. Relate it to character qualities.

Helping our children develop those desirable character traits is important work. Choose one character quality each week to focus on and connect it to a Bible verse. As you see your child demonstrate that character quality, remind them of the Bible verse associated with it as you recognize their achievement.

Here’s how we did it:

Each time one of my children demonstrated one of the character qualities we had studied, I would say, “You’re doing a great job acting out the Bible verse we learned, you know, [say the Bible verse].”

If you want a little help with which character qualities to start with, here is a printable of 15 of our favorite qualities:

Character qualities to develop in your child.

7. Use when correcting behavior.

And on the flip side, if your children are not demonstrating those positive character qualities, then point out the negative behavior and the character quality they should display instead. Align it to the Bible verse and let them tell you what action they should have taken.

Here’s how we did it:

When my son was going through the tattling stage, it started to get out of hand. Every few minutes it seemed he was running to tattle. I decided it was time for him to learn the steps for handling disagreements or injustices.

I chose the character quality Peace Making and had both children memorize Matthew 18: 15-17. We used this as the formula for handling wrongs against them.

Instead of coming directly to Mom in hopes of getting their sibling in trouble, they were to first “go to your brother…” and try to work it out. Another good scripture for this is Hebrews 10:24.

Only after first going to their sibling to work it out could they come to Mom or Dad for help, when needed. This proved to be very helpful in cutting back the tattling.

I encourage you to try one, or all of these seven ways to teach your children the Bible. Add your own flavor to it or use as-is. My prayer is you’ll find learning the Bible to be as fun and rewarding as we do.

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