If you’ve homeschooled awhile, you know that curriculum comes and goes, methods are continually tweaked, and there are few constants for long-term homeschooling families. One of the constants in our homeschool is our scripture memory system.
I read about the scripture memory box on the Simply Charlotte Mason site years ago and we’ve used it — as written (which is huge, if you know me) — ever since. I would encourage you to visit Simply Charlotte Mason for all the details on setting up your box — they now even have a PDF file where you can print off the divider tabs instead of making your own.
Basically, though, the idea is that you use an index card file box to organize cards that are rotated through four sections as the scripture verses are memorized.
Daily: Behind this tab is the new scripture verse that you and your children are working on memorizing. You will recite this one daily until it is memorized.
Odd/Even: These are your two most recently memorized verses. To cement them to memory, you’ll be reciting one on odd-numbered days and the other on even-numbered days.
Monday-Friday: Next up on the rotation are the days of the week. You recite these verses on their “assigned” day of the week, to keep them fresh in your mind.
Day of the Month: Finally, these are the scripture verses that you should now know very well. You’ll continue reciting them once a month so that they aren’t forgotten.
When we first started, obviously there weren’t scripture verses behind each and every tab — especially the day of the month tabs. What I would often do for the days without verses would be to go over dates that we missed on the weekends, since we don’t typically do our scripture memory box on the weekends.
So, for example, for September if we ran out of scripture verses behind the dated tabs, I would go back and do the verses behind the 3 and 4 or 10 and 11 tabs, since those were weekend dates that we probably missed.
Now that we’ve been at this for a few years, many of our dates have two scripture verses behind them. We do them both.
Also, using a little memorization tip that I picked up from First Language Lessons Volume 1 & 2, we always recite the memory verses three times a day, unless it’s one that we clearly know very well.
I would also suggest going over new scripture verses line by line, making sure that the kids understand exactly what it means. Not only does it make it much more worthwhile to understand what you’re memorizing, but it also seems to make memorization easier when you aren’t just memorizing unfamiliar words and phrases.
Finally, I keep future memory verses — those that I come across that I know I want us to memorize — in front of the daily tab. That keeps me from scrambling to find a new verse when we’ve memorized the current verse behind the daily tab.
What are some of the constants in your homeschool? Do you have any favorite scripture memorization techniques?
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Kris is the sweet-tea-drinking, classically eclectic, slightly Charlotte Mason mom to her three Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has lost nearly 90 pounds, going from morbidly obese couch potato to runner. She chronicles her transformation on her fitness blog, Eclipsed.