How to Memorize Bible Verses Like a World Champion (plus 4 other ideas)

Every one of the BetterBibleTeachers curriculums includes a memory verse. So if you are doing the 10 week, Peter Can series, the memory verse is: 1 Corinthians 1:25: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

Now that is all well and good, and it would be delightful if the kids had that memorized over the course of the curriculum, but without some particular emphasis on it, memorization isn’t going to magically happen on it’s own.

So I’d like to share a few quick ideas on how to help kids memorize a verse. Including 1 method that….is kinda magical.

1. Hide certain words of the verse

I’m guessing if you went to school growing up this one is probably pretty familiar to you. Take the verse and read it aloud. Then hide a few of the words from sight.

Now, try to read the verse again and fill in the the words you have hidden.

As you get the hidden words right, hide more and more words until you have the whole verse covered up and are saying it perfectly.

Like I said, this is old school, tried and true.

2. Use a mind palace (like a world champion does….)

After you watch the video below you will understand more of what I’m talking about…but essentially help the kids create a mind palace from the Sunday School room to help memorize the verse.

3. One word at a time

Say the verse once or twice aloud for everyone to have a chance to get it into their heads.

Then, hide the entire verse.

Starting from one end of the room, have each kid say the next word in the verse, starting with you.

So using 1 Corinthians 1:27 as an example, you would say , “But” the first kid would say “God” the next kid would say “chose” etc…

If a kid gets a word wrong, go to the next one in line to see if they can get it right.

This is great…especially with a relatively small class. You can get lots of kids involved and the anticipation of having their turn soon keeps them glued.

4. Let someone else be the teacher

Pick a kid from the class to take your place as the teacher.

Their job is simple (and very difficult…) to explain what the verse means, and then to lead the class in saying it…and then seeing if they can say it to everyone in the class without looking.

This works for a number of reasons, including, that whenever you have to present information, your brain is more focused on what you presenting than the people who are listening to what you have to say.

So whatever kid is presenting will be HIGHLY focused on the verse. So even though the kid thinks he or she just gets to “be the teacher” they are actually, subconsciously, memorizing the verse.

5. Use it as a call and response

For 1 Corinthians 1:27 it doesn’t work quiet as well, but with a shorter verse this method is very effective.

Go over the verse a few times with the class until everyone seems to have it down.

Then, tell the kids that you are going to randomly say the reference during class. When you do, they are to say the verse out loud, in unison.

So right in the middle of the lesson, say the Scripture reference. Between worship songs, say the reference. Before they leave for the day, say the reference.

This method will definitely keep them on their toes during the entire class!

These are just some of the fun methods you can use to memorize Scripture.

What are some fun ideas you’ve tried before? Let me know in the comments!

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