Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Helpful Technique for Memory Work

I learned this from a singing instructor at a Singing School one year when the verses of theme song were harder than usual to remember. We are using it to memorize blocks of scripture. First you post the scripture in its entirety and have the kids read it aloud every so often:



Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.


Then every so often, you remove a few words, and have them read the verses again:

Put on the _____ _____ __ ___, that ye may be able to withstand the _____ __ ___ _____.

For we wrestle not against _____ ___ _____, but against ______________ and powers, against powers, against ___ ______ __ ___ ________ __ ____ _____, against spiritual wickedness __ ____ ______.

Wherefore take unto you ___ _____ _____ __ ___, that ye may be able to _________ in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with _____, and having on the ___________ __ _____________; and your feet shod with ___ ___________ __ ___ ______ __ _____; above all, taking the ______ __ _____, wherewith ye shall be able to quench ___ ___ _____ _____ __ ___ ______.

And take the ______ __ _________, and the _____ __ ___ ______, which is ___ ____ __ ___: praying always with ___ ______ ___ ______________ __ ___ ______, and watching thereunto with all ____________ and ____________ for all saints.


Eventually, you remove all but a few words, and then you eliminate it all.

7 comments:

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

This is a really good way to memorize. I am going to give it a try with my boys. I appreciate your posting the specifics of how you do your memory work.

You should consider submitting this to the blog carnival for next week.

Here's the link to do so:
http://blogcarnival.com/bc/submit_2378.html

Thanks for the great entry,
Barb-Harmony Art Mom
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/harmonyartmom

Katie said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Barbara! Perhaps I will.

SeƱora Smith said...

Katie,

Thank you SO much for posting this! We are getting into memorizing larger passages right now, and this will be a huge help. I am going to type up our current scripture right now to put up for all to read!

julie

Katie said...

Glad to help, Julie!

TeacherBritt said...

Great post Katie! The family that God used to really convict us and motivate us to homeschool our children, had 5 of their children recite the "Armor of God" to us. I was so impressed and lately have been thinking we should start working on that for our Term 2 memory passage... and then I come across your post... and now I'm for sure doing it with your method!!! Thanks for the inspiration! (I'm so glad you submitted this to the CM Carnival)

Be Blessed,
Brittany

Katie said...

Thanks, Brittany!

DanielleW said...

Great idea! Thank you for sharing this.