The following is a post from contributing writer Amanda.
I shared some ideas last summer for keeping your kids in the word by memorizing scripture, but I hadn’t found a good way to keep our previous verses fresh in our minds. I’d been eyeing the Simply Charlotte Mason scripture memory box method for a while. Kris wrote about this scripture memory method last fall. For some reason, I’d been too nervous to try it. I think I thought that it would be a too much work, especially to set up the box.
I took the leap and created our scripture memory box after some friends convinced me that we had to try this system. I used a 3×5 index card box that we had sitting in the closet and made my own printable dividers to save money. It was much easier to make the box than I had expected and we love the system! Our box sits on the kitchen table where we can open it up to review our memory verses multiple times a day.
Ready? I’ll show you how easy it is to set up your scripture memory box.
Here’s what you’ll need make your own scripture memory box:
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- My free scripture memory box divider printable
- 3×5 index card box
- 3×5 index cards
- card stock – white or any light color
- laminator and pockets (optional)
- Download the free printable scripture memory box dividers. Print the dividers on card stock.
- Laminate (or skip to step 3). I found it easier to laminate the full sheets and cut afterwards.
- Cut your dividers. I used a paper cutter for the straight sides and scissors for the rounded tab.
- Admire your completed dividers.
- Assemble the dividers in your 3×5 card box and start adding memory verses on index cards. We’ve been using Seeds Family Worship for our memory verses, so I used their printable and glued each verse to an index card rather than rewriting the verse by hand.
So, what are you waiting for? Go make your scripture memory box! Then, come back and let us know how it goes. Share a picture of your box on the Homeschool Classroom Facebook page. Leave a comment on this post to tell us what you like about this scripture memory system, where you keep your scripture memory box or how you choose what verses to memorize with your kids.
Amanda is navigating the world of Kindergarten with her oldest this year. She hosts a weekly meme Kids in the Word Wednesdays where you can get more ideas for sharing spiritual things with your kids. She blogs about life, motherhood, homeschooling, technology, books, faith, and more at ThePelsers.com. Amanda is also the author of the ebook Finding Joy in Depression.
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Kathy Wright says
I love this! I’m seriously contemplating setting one of these up. We have a “dictionary box” that we use for new words we learn in all subject matters, and we use the colored index cards by designating a particular color for a given subject. My children really enjoy it….especially my son, for some reason.
I think the scripture box would be fun! I was just on the SCM site reading how to use the box system.
The dictionary box is a great idea too. If that works well for you, I think you’d really like this system.
This is great! Thanks so much!
Your system looks great! I so relate to your initial fears – I also delayed for so long and then, once I downloaded the instructions, discovered how simple it was.
I created some verse cards on Victory, Prayer & Purity as well as our original cards from the SCM site. We have kept up the memory system for ages now and I hope to keep adding new verses!
I know. It looks so complicated, but it’s really so simple.
This is awesome. I am going to use this very soon. Thanks for the tutorial.
You’re welcome. Come back and show us your box!
This is a great system so far! We have been using it for our family for about 2 months. I discovered that I really can memorize scripture. Something to consider adding, that I just started in the last month, is to use colored index cards for prayers. This way I’m reminded of what I want to be praying for or if I’ve told someone I will be praying for them it really helps. And I can write any answers to those prayers on the back and maybe put them in some folder/book as a keepsake to remember God’s faithfulness.
Same here. I didn’t think I could memorize either, but this method works so well that I’m learning the verses too 🙂 Love the prayer addition to.