Saturday, March 1, 2008

Verses of the week

Several people have inquired what I am doing to teach the boys their verses, and I will share with you a tip (that was given to me by my friend who is a mother of seven) that has worked wonderfully for us. We put our verse for the week on a 3x5 card, and I fold the card to make a 'tent' (the verse is just written on one side, so the entire verse is facing you when you look at the card). Then, I set it on our dining room table. Since the verse is always in plain view every time we are eating, it is a perfect opportunity to work on learning it! The boys and I work everyday at breakfast and at lunch. At dinner, when daddy comes home, the boys show him their progress by reciting what they know so far--so, really, we are working on it then, too!

So far, the plan is working. Cameron is going along at about 1/2 the speed of Colin (which is to be expected, of course); Colin has 5 verses memorized now, and Cameron has 2. They know some short phrases of some other verses as well.

It is so amazing to see how quickly a 2 and a 4 year old can learn a verse, and I am continually fascinated at how well Cameron and Colin are doing! I am keeping a chart for each of them in my office, and each time they master a new verse, they get to put a sticker on the chart, and I write the reference and the date they learned it. Stickers, it turns out, are big motivators! I am also keeping a sheet for each of them that has each verse they have memorized, along with the reference, typed out on it. That way, I have all the verses they have done in one place, so it easy when it comes time for review!

Now, for your viewing pleasure.....




Psalm 34:8 "O taste, and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him."





Deuteronomy 6:5 "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy might."


2 comments:

Julie said...

That's a great idea! I think I'll have to try that. I wonder if that would work in our junior church class as well...

Kenzie Stanfield said...

Devin-

Girl, I just want you to know that you have INSPIRED ME!! I saw the boys reciting their verses and thought, if Deacon is learning so many other things to repeat, why not a verse. We started with Genesis 1:1 (copying you) and he now has it down... I LOVE IT!

Thanks for sharing your sweet boys with us. This is great!

Love you and praying for you guys!
Kenzie