A scripture memory system that really works for adults and kids! Easy to make and use for the whole family to memorize Bible verses together.
Scripture memory has always been incredibly difficult for me. I purpose every single year to “do better,” but I never do. I fail each and every year no matter how badly I want it to change.
I’ve tried making a list of scripture to memorize and using a scripture memory printable with checklists to hold me accountable. I’ve tried doing it as a challenge on the blog. I’ve tried telling others to hold me accountable. I’ve tried writing it down as a goal. But every year, I walk away more and more discouraged.
Scripture memorization has always been a spiritual discipline that’s overwhelming and difficult for me.
We started family devotions when my oldest (who is now 4.5) was just 18 months old. It started with simply reading the Bible at the breakfast table, and eventually evolved and grew into what we do today.
I’ve written about family devotions and family prayer several times:
- How to Do Family Devotions with a Toddler
- How We Do Family Devotions with a Baby & Preschooler
- 8 Ideas for Family Prayer When You Don’t Know Where to Start
- A Morning Family Quiet Time Routine
It was through family devotions that I began to regularly find myself memorizing scripture. There’s nothing like seeking to teach and train your children to know and love the Lord to make you want to know and love the Lord more!
At first it was slow going because my son was so little and it took him weeks to memorize Genesis 1:1 because … well, two year olds don’t have a large vocabulary! But as the years went on and he slowly began to store up scripture in his heart, so did my husband and I!
One day, my son outgrew the model of scripture memorization we were doing.
We were reviewing a lot of verses each day along with the catechism. He was memorizing scripture so quickly pulling from a list I had already made plus what we were introducing through the Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum, and we found ourselves forgetting which ones he knew and which ones he didn’t. Plus family devotions were starting to get too long for a four year old and another two year old now in the mix.
Not to mention, I had an ever growing collection of scriptures I had written on index cards, hoping I’d learn them by osmosis, floating around my house. I didn’t want to throw them away because I really wanted to memorize the words on each card! I really wanted to store God’s word in my heart! And at this rate, my children were memorizing more scripture than I was!
It’s been three years since we set sail on family devotions, and a couple of months ago I finally sat down and made a plan for our family to memorize scripture together!
I’d been hearing about the Charlotte Mason Method for memorizing scripture, but I’d never taken the time to really look into it. At first glance, it seemed a little labor intensive. And truly, at first glance it does seem so.
BUT as I watched the video explaining Charlotte Mason’s method and read blog posts sharing about how well this method worked for other families, I knew I had to give it a try.
Note: I’m not going to recreate the wheel in this post. You can visit Simply Charlotte Mason to watch the video and learn how to set your box up here. In this post, I’m showing you our box and sharing how it works for our family which I hope you find helpful! 🙂
Scripture Memory Box
I already had a pretty recipe box floating around, so I grabbed it and relocated the few recipe cards in it to my recipe binder.
Then, I headed to the Dollar Tree to grab some index dividers to fit in the box.
I labeled the index dividers just like Charlotte Mason suggested:
- Days of the Week (Sunday-Saturday)
- Numbers 1-31
I gathered all the index cards with scripture scribbled on them I had collected through the years, scripture printables leftover from this challenge, Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum’s scripture memory cards, and downloaded these scripture memory cards from Simply Charlotte Mason. I put them all in the front of my new Scripture Memory Box.
If I knew there were scriptures we ALL had memorized already, then I put the date we memorized it (pulling from my memory as best I could) in the top corner and started adding them to the various dividers. Again following the method explained in this video exactly!
In the end, we still had dividers left blank, but with time we are moving more and more scriptures through the memory system!
Every morning we do family devotions together around the breakfast table, and when it comes time to do scripture memory, we pull out our box and begin our routine of scripture memory!
It has been such a blessing to our family! We are memorizing more scripture than ever before, and our family devotions are becoming more family-oriented and not just kid-oriented as we are all participating and growing in the Lord together.