If you do a google search for "children's Bible verses" you will find a plethora of verses and opinions.
Some folks have even written blogs about their list. Interesting stuff.
For my taste, some of the verses people choose are TOO LONG or are TOO COMPLEX for children. Short and sweet usually means more memorable for kids.
Many of those sites also have kids learning complex theological verses from Paul's letters. I would prefer they learn a few sayings from the lips of Jesus, and some good proverbs and psalms. Romans 8 (one of my favorites) is more for youth and adults.
Personally, I think STORIES are more memorable than verses
, easier to teach, and often pack in more meaning. Stories are also easier to recall, and don't require EXACT WORDING to recall their meaning.
That said, there are 8 to 10 Bible verses I think every 5th grader should know. The problem is how to teach them without repelling the kid! ...or putting too much pressure on them. I've seen that "pressure" backfire on some kids. Depends on the kid and the way you do it. ...And "the way you do it" is what Rotation is all about !!
Some "how-to" tools...
Most y'all know I like to teach with software, in part, because it makes some forms of learning EASIER for the kids to swallow. Memorization of scripture is one of those things software can do really well without the "side effects".
Kids enjoy being tested by a computer, and that means you can easily do the extremely important memory work of REFRESHING taught verses at later intervals.
in fact, I would say that if you aren't planning to regularly refresh their memories, don't waste your time trying to create them. That's not opinion, that's memory science.
Long time computer labbers will remember a scripture memory program called "Wordy." When I first saw it I thought my kids would hate it. They loved it, especially when I let THEM edit in their memory verse, then play it. I remembered that 'lesson' when I started making software, and eventually made something better and more modern than Wordy called "Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game" CD (Sunday Software). Google it, you'll find it.
The cool thing about this CD is that YOU decide what verses they put in, not anyone else. And then they love to type them in, and play them.
Another fun and repeatable tool is the four level game about "Bible Basics" in "Bongo Loves the Bible" CD (again, Sunday Software).
In the interest of fairness I am also listing in this box all the 'other' software you can find that remotely does what Bongo does:
(yep, it's empty)
A few years ago I created a NEW question set for Bongo's four level game which taught the kids 10 "famous Bible verses every kid should know."
John 3:16, John 14:6 etc I made my top ten by surveying what a lot of other people tended to agree on were the top ten. To keep it real, the question set also includes 10 funny verses from the Bible.
That's at my software site too.
Any quizzing software can be adapted to teach and refresh verse memories. And again I point out a major failing in some churches regarding the teaching of memory verses: lack of follow up.
Rote memory needs reinforced by simple repetition over the short AND the long term.
- It's not hard to choose ten good verses for kids.
- What's important is that you do it,
- ....and teach them over time with a variety of media.
- Not OVER do it.
- and a long term plan for memory refreshing!